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Streaking/Slumping: Dunn in elite company

Adam Dunn hit as many home runs last week as Dayan Viciedo has for the season. US Presswire

STREAKING

1. Alejandro De Aza, OF: He has quietly been one of the best leadoff men in the American League, batting .286 with three home runs and 12 RBIs to go along with a .364 on-base percentage. Last week he had 12 hits and six runs scored, and he is batting .354 in May along with a .436 on-base percentage. Although you won’t see him on any SportsCenter highlights, the 28-year-old De Aza may be a diamond in the rough and a product of good scouting by the Sox. He has also played solid defense and has six stolen bases.

2. Adam Dunn, DH/1B: He is just the 14th player since 1921 to equal his previous years home run total (10 or more) in the first 33 games. Dunn had another solid week with three home runs, and has six homers and 10 RBIs in his last 12 games. Dunn, who has started mostly at designated hitter, will be challenged again next weekend as manager Robin Ventura said Sunday he will play him in leftfield against the Cubs. Dunn, whose 11 home runs are tied for second in the AL, is batting .250 with 26 RBIs. He’s also second in the league in walks (28) and has a .393 on-base percentage.

SLUMPING

1. Chris Sale, SP: Through little fault of his own, Sale had a tough week with elbow soreness and a demotion to the bullpen in which he blew a save in his first appearance. After a long conversation with Sox brass, he was elevated back to the rotation and took the loss against the Royals on Saturday, giving up three earned runs in five innings. The young left-hander, who is 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA this season, seems to be on his way back after a shaky first inning on Saturday.

2. Dayan Viciedo, LF: He has had a rough month, batting .176 with one RBI and no home runs in 12 games. He has also struck out 13 times in 34 at-bats. Viciedo went 3 for 19 in his last seven games and is batting .196 with three home runs and five RBIs this season. He may have to share time at the position with two or three others including Dunn. He is just the latest young White Sox player to struggle this season.