CHICAGO -- Matt Thornton's appearance during Friday's 7-4 victory over the Mariners gave the southpaw 425 games pitched as a member of the White Sox, breaking a tie with Bobby Thigpen at 424 for the franchise relief record. Thornton has made at least 61 appearances in every season since coming to the White Sox in 2006, and credits his work with White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider and director of conditioning Allen Thomas as a big part of his success.
"That's the biggest thing, just staying healthy," Thornton said. "Obviously I've done my job for the most part to be able to stay in one place for seven seasons now. A lot of times relievers bounce around a lot, two years here, a year here, three years here and move around.
"But I've enjoyed my time in Chicago and I love it here. I hope we get another 400. It's just been fun."