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Baseball notebook: Athletics pitcher McCarthy released from hospital

| Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, 8:46 p.m.
Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy holds his head after being struck by a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar in the fourth inning on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. McCarthy was released from the hospital Tuesday, Sept 10, 2012. 
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Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy holds his head after being struck by a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar in the fourth inning on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. McCarthy was released from the hospital Tuesday, Sept 10, 2012. AP Photo/Doug Duran

• Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was released from a Bay Area hospital less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive and undergoing surgery. The 29-year-old McCarthy underwent two hours of surgery last week after a ball hit by the Angels' Erick Aybar struck the right side of his head. He experienced an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture on the play.

• Catcher Joe Mauer was scratched from the Minnesota Twins' game against the Kansas City Royals with back spasms. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer's back tightened up on the field before batting practice. Mauer is hitting .319 this season and is a career .355 hitter against the Royals.

• Chicago White Sox home run leader Adam Dunn was out of the lineup a fifth straight game because of a strained right oblique. Dunn, who has 38 homers, was hoping to do some light swinging with a bat this week as he continues treatment.

• Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel left Tuesday's night game against Tampa Bay with an injury to his surgically repaired right knee. Hammel left in the fourth inning after throwing a pitch to Matt Joyce.

• The Orioles purchased the contracts of outfielders Endy Chavez and L.J. Hoes from Triple-A Norfolk and designated veteran reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment.

• The Boston Red Sox's worst season in 46 years means this week's series against the New York Yankees will be their fans' cheapest chance to see the historic rivalry in at least four years. The price of a ticket sold on the online secondary market for any of the three games beginning tonight averaged $66.78 in the seven days through Sept. 10, down about 63 percent from their peak in June.

— Wire reports

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