Dunn gets time at first

March, 3, 2011
Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Adam Dunn started at first base for the White Sox in a 6-1 victory over Seattle on Thursday.

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Jake Roth/US PresswireAdam Dunn made his debut at first base on Thursday.
It was the first time in the field this spring for the team’s new acquisition and expected designated hitter. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he did not know how often Dunn would be used in the field.

“Adam Dunn will DH a lot of times,” said Guillen, who put Paul Konerko at DH. “He’ll flip-flop with PK. We need PK to relax. I’d rather give PK a complete day off than put him at DH. A lot of people say, ‘Well, DH you’re not playing.’ Yes you do. Mentally and physically, you’re playing ... that’s going to be a new role for Adam. Is he going to be in the field? Yes. But I can’t tell you how many games. We’ll see how he does.”

Dunn was 1-for-3 and scored a run while Konerko was 1-for-4 with a rare stand-up triple.

Asked about the biggest difference this season with Dunn as the primary DH as opposed to last season when a whopping 15 different players rotated at the position, Guillen said he will take up just one spot on the roster.

"That's it," he said. "One DH is one guy less on the bench and in the bullpen."

But less is more in the case of what else Dunn brings to the team, Guillen said.

"Adam's attitude is perfect for the ballclub," he said. "He's very loose, very goofy and I think we need that. We have a lot of guys who are very intense."

Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.



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