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Third to first

• White Sox assistant general manager Buddy Bell celebrated his 62nd birthday on Tuesday. Jim Thome, the Hall of Fame-bound slugger and special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn, turned 43. And former White Sox catcher Ed Herrmann turned 67.

• Jack Harshman, who holds the franchise record for single-game strikeouts, passed away on Aug. 17 in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 86. Harshman pitched for the White Sox from 1953-56, and fanned 16 on July 25, 1954, at Boston.

Paul Konerko's ninth-inning double in Monday's 10-8 loss to the Astros was the 400th of his career, making him the 18th active player to reach that milestone. Konerko needs 42 total bases to tie Frank Thomas for the franchise record of 3,949.

Adam Dunn has hit 116 career homers against left-handed pitching. That mark is the 10th-highest total in Major League history by a left-handed hitter and two behind Thome.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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