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Brandon McCarthy shows good signs

Updated: September 6, 2012, 10:17 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy is alert after having surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion caused by a line drive.

The Oakland right-hander was hit in the head Wednesday by a liner off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Athletics said Thursday that McCarthy was awake, resting comfortably in the critical care unit of a Bay Area hospital and showing signs of improvement.

A CT scan after the accident showed the damage. After ...

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