Palka hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in Friday's win over the Cubs.

The blast was his fourth as a pinch hitter this season -- setting a new White Sox record -- and his 27th homer overall, which leads major-league rookies. His defense in the outfield remains an adventure, but Palka's production at the plate puts him on the radar for a gig as the primary designated hitter next season.

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