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Monday, September 3, 2012
Adam Dunn back in Sox lineup

By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com

Adam Dunn was back in the Chicago White Sox lineup on Monday after sitting out two games with a strained oblique.

The designated hitter took batting practice and convinced Sox manager Robin Ventura that he was healthy enough to provide some quality at-bats. Dunn hit two long home runs in batting practice and then said to Ventura, "Let's do it."

It was an eventful night for Dunn, who doubled in his first at-bat and walked in his second. Later he struck out for the 2,000th time in his career.

The White Sox, to a man, certainly are happy to get Dunn back into the lineup. Chicago scored three runs total in the games he missed.

"I remember two months ago we were having the same discussion about (lack of runs)," Dunn said. "Things turned around then and I assume they will turn around now."

Dunn, who began his major league career in 2002, has the longest tenure of any player without a playoff appearance. The damage that was done by losing three straight games to the Tigers over the weekend was downplayed by the White Sox's top run producer.

"We came out of there still in first place," he said. "That's pretty good. We played about as bad as you can play and we are still right there."

The White Sox have 29 games left in the season including four more games against Detroit Sept. 10-13 at U.S. Cellular Field.

"There is no need to panic," Dunn said. "If that was the last week of the season then maybe we would be trying to find that panic button a little bit."

Dunn still leads the major leagues in home runs with 38. His next strikeout will be the 2,000th of his career. Only six players in history have more K's than Dunn.