Dunn to bat cleanup in spring opener
February, 27, 2011
By Doug Padilla
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ozzie Guillen has made a change after all, putting Adam Dunn in the cleanup spot for the spring opener Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Guillen has said that not only will all of his regulars be in the lineup for the first spring game, the lineup he uses will be the one he favors to open the season.
Juan Pierre is in the leadoff spot for Monday’s game followed by Gordon Beckham. It is in the third spot where Guillen makes a departure from the lineup he talked about when Dunn was signed this winter.
Originally, Guillen said he was looking to bat Dunn third, but Alex Rios will take that spot instead Monday. Rios was the primary No. 3 hitter last season.
Dunn will bat cleanup against the Dodgers, followed by Paul Konerko. Carlos Quentin, A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez and Brent Morel round out Monday’s lineup in that order. Gavin Floyd will start the game.
Guillen has yet to comment on the lineup.
The intrasquad game scheduled for Sunday morning was cancelled because of overnight rains. The pitchers scheduled to throw in that game all had early-morning bullpen sessions instead.