Ventura lines it up for Opening Day

March, 31, 2013
3/31/13
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- That scrambled heart of the order Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura installed this spring will indeed be the look he will go with on Opening Day.

Ventura posted the lineup in the clubhouse Sunday before the White Sox went through their final workout in advance of Monday’s 3:05 p.m. game at U.S. Cellular Field against the Kansas City Royals.

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Mike DiNovo/US PresswireAdam Dunn will start the season batting cleanup for the White Sox.
Alejandro De Aza will lead off and play center field, followed by Jeff Keppinger at third base and Alex Rios in the No. 3 hole playing right field.

Adam Dunn moves into the cleanup spot as the designated hitter, while Paul Konerko will drop all the way to the fifth spot at first base and left fielder Dayan Viciedo bats sixth.

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez will bat seventh, followed by catcher Tyler Flowers and second baseman Gordon Beckham. Chris Sale will get his first Opening Day start.

If run production wanes, it will be interesting to see how long Ventura waits to reorganize the three, four and five spots. It has already been revealed that against certain pitching matchups Konerko will be moved back into the cleanup spot.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.321 33 98 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 33
RBIJ. Abreu 98
RJ. Abreu 71
OPSJ. Abreu .985
WC. Sale 11
ERAC. Sale 2.11
SOC. Sale 178