Alexei proud of collecting 1,000th hit in win

Alexei proud of collecting 1,000th hit in win

CHICAGO -- In seven seasons with Pinar del Rio in Cuba, Alexei Ramirez finished with 680 career hits.

With a 12th-inning, two-out single to right off Justin Grimm in Monday's 3-1 victory over the Cubs, the White Sox shortstop reached 1,000 hits in his Major League career over six seasons and a little more than one month, as well as 1,400 more at-bats.

"I'm very, very happy. That's a good accomplishment," said Ramirez through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "I couldn't get to 1,000 hits in Cuba, and that was something I wanted to get to. It's good that I got it here."

"He's swinging it and he's feeling good about it," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Any time a guy keeps going and you get up to 1,000. You see [Miguel] Cabrera had 2,000 the other day. It's an accomplishment. This year, he seems to be swinging the bat and feeling pretty good offensively."

Ramirez, who is hitting .328, took pride in the 1,000th hit leading to the game-winning run. But he gave all the credit to Marcus Semien for delivering the deciding double.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.