Sunday, May 15, 2011
Dunn gets his second chance at first base
By Doug Padilla
Manager Ozzie Guillen is going with a change in the lineup Sunday against Oakland, putting Adam Dunn at first base and moving Paul Konerko to designated hitter.
Guillen said this offseason and again this spring that Dunn will play in the field more than people think, but this will be just the second time he has started at first base all season.
It’s early in the year, but Guillen has also not followed up with his plan to get Konerko more rest this season. Konerko has played in 39 of the White Sox’s 40 games before Sunday.
Dunn and Konerko are both on a roll at the plate right now. Dunn has gone 12 for 29 (.414) with seven doubles, a home run, four RBIs and seven runs in his last seven games.
Konerko is batting .464 (13 for 28) over his current seven game hit streak. In the month of May he is batting .415 (17 for 41) with a double, four home runs and 11 RBIs in 12 games.
In the only other lineup change of note, Omar Vizquel will start at third base in place of rookie Brent Morel. That follows Guillen’s plan of giving Morel a break against front-line starters and American League ERA leader Trevor Cahill (1.72) qualifies as that.