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Doubleheader gives Dunn a chance to play

9/5/2011

MINNESOTA – It’s a doubleheader so all hands are on deck, which means Adam Dunn got his first start since Aug. 27.

Dunn was in the lineup at designated hitter and was batting sixth against Twins right-hander Anthony Swarzak. The last time Dunn got an at-bat was Wednesday when he pinch hit for Brent Lillibridge in a key situation against the Twins and struck out.

Other left-handed bats in Game 1 were Omar Vizquel at third base and A.J. Pierzynski at catcher over Tyler Flowers.

Dunn brought a .163 batting average into the game and his 11 home runs were just three more than the combined number from Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza, none of whom were on the team before July 27.

Without anybody delivering an impressive showing at the plate in the three-game series at Detroit, Guillen figured it would be a good time to see what he can get out of Dunn.

“If I see somebody not swinging the bat well, see what’s going on, I’m going to play the best guys like I always do,” Guillen said. “Hopefully he can come out and help the team win the game.”

With the Twins starting left-hander Scott Diamond in Game 2, Dunn was not expected to play. Brent Morel is expected to be in the lineup in the second game as is Flowers. Paul Konerko played first base in the first game but could be moved to DH in Game 2 opening the door for Brent Lillibridge to get a start.

The White Sox's entire lineup for Game 1: Juan Pierre LF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Konerko 1B, Pierzynski C, Viciedo RF, Dunn DH, De Aza CF, Vizquel 3B, Gordon Beckham 2B. Phil Humber was starting.