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• The White Sox expressed concern over the condition of Brandon McCarthy, the A's hurler and former White Sox pitcher, who was struck in the head by an Erick Aybar line drive Wednesday.

The A's announced on Thursday that McCarthy had surgery to alleviate pressure in his head Wednesday night after a CT scan revealed an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. The release said McCarthy was alert, awake and resting comfortably, although his condition still is considered life-threatening.

"He's a friend of mine," said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who texted his concern to McCarthy. "You never want to see a guy get hurt. You never want to see someone hit in the head. It's a shame. I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope he gets back."

McCarthy was traded to Texas on Dec. 23, 2006, in exchange for John Danks, who was struck in the head by a Stephen Drew liner last season.

• According to Elias, Alex Rios' six RBIs in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Twins matched the club record for RBIs in a game in which one player accounted for all the team's runs. Al Simmons (1933 vs. Detroit) and Roy Sievers (1961 vs. Detroit) previously accomplished the feat.

• The White Sox 36 comeback wins this season are tied with Pittsburgh for the fourth most in baseball. The Yankees, Reds and Brewers are tied for first with 38. The White Sox also have played 85 games decided by three runs or fewer, with a record of 22-16 in one-run games, 12-20 in two-run games and 9-7 in three-run contests.

• Friday marked the popular Halfway to St. Patrick's Day promotion at U.S. Cellular Field.

• The White Sox have homered in 12 of their last 13 home games, producing 25 homers, and 24 of their last 26 home games overall, producing 48 in total.

• The White Sox expressed concern over the condition of Brandon McCarthy, the A's hurler and former White Sox pitcher, who was struck in the head by an Erick Aybar line drive Wednesday.

The A's announced on Thursday that McCarthy had surgery to alleviate pressure in his head Wednesday night after a CT scan revealed an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. The release said McCarthy was alert, awake and resting comfortably, although his condition still is considered life-threatening.

"He's a friend of mine," said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who texted his concern to McCarthy. "You never want to see a guy get hurt. You never want to see someone hit in the head. It's a shame. I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope he gets back."

McCarthy was traded to Texas on Dec. 23, 2006, in exchange for John Danks, who was struck in the head by a Stephen Drew liner last season.

• According to Elias, Alex Rios' six RBIs in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Twins matched the club record for RBIs in a game in which one player accounted for all the team's runs. Al Simmons (1933 vs. Detroit) and Roy Sievers (1961 vs. Detroit) previously accomplished the feat.

• The White Sox 36 comeback wins this season are tied with Pittsburgh for the fourth most in baseball. The Yankees, Reds and Brewers are tied for first with 38. The White Sox also have played 85 games decided by three runs or fewer, with a record of 22-16 in one-run games, 12-20 in two-run games and 9-7 in three-run contests.

• Friday marked the popular Halfway to St. Patrick's Day promotion at U.S. Cellular Field.

• The White Sox have homered in 12 of their last 13 home games, producing 25 homers, and 24 of their last 26 home games overall, producing 48 in total.