Whether it's injury related or not, the Chicago White Sox haven't been able to get the big hit lately.
The surging Oakland Athletics feel like they're going to get the job done every time.
Chicago will try to avoid a third straight loss Friday night, with the Athletics' Brandon McCarthy set for his first start at U.S. Cellular Field since being traded from the White Sox six years ago.
Chicago (60-50) is battling Detroit for the top spot in the AL Central, but its lineup has been hit by injuries of late with Alejandro De Aza, Alex Rios, Kevin Youkilis and Paul Konerko missing time.
The absence of those key hitters appeared to finally show up in the last two games - both losses - in which the White Sox totaled three runs and batted .182 (2 for 11) with runners in scoring position.
Rios, among the best in the major leagues with a .381 average with RISP, should return after missing a game, but Konerko is questionable following a collision at first base.
He'll be re-evaluated Frida...