White Sox spring new-look lineup on Cubs

June, 20, 2011
6/20/11
7:50
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- There were plenty of lineup changes for the White Sox heading into Monday’s game against the Cubs.

Omar Vizquel was in at second base as a struggling Gordon Beckham sat for a second consecutive day. Vizquel batted second, behind Juan Pierre.

Adam Dunn was moved up to the No. 5 spot in the order, while A.J. Pierzynski was moved down to No. 7. Alex Rios, who looked to be emerging from a season-long slump with two home runs in Arizona, was down to the No. 8 spot. Mark Teahen took over for Brent Morel and batted ninth.

Although manager Ozzie Guillen didn’t admit it, moving Dunn up appeared to be a result of his past success against Cubs pitching. Dunn only has a .256 batting average lifetime against the Cubs, but does have 41 home runs against them and 71 RBIs.

It is the most home runs he has hit against any team and the third most RBIs, next to his 74 against the Cardinals and 92 against the Brewers.

Pierzynski, who is batting .382 over his last nine games and has nine multi-hit efforts over his last 18 contests, still managed to get dropped lower.

“I don’t want to be a dead team when we go to the bottom of the [lineup],” Guillen said. “I want to try to even it up and make something happen in the bottom of the lineup.”

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

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.03 165 142
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .312
HRJ. Abreu 33
RBIJ. Abreu 97
RJ. Abreu 70
OPSJ. Abreu .969
ERAC. Sale 2.03
SOC. Sale 165