Dunn to hit third in White Sox spring opener

Dunn to hit third in White Sox spring opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Monday's Cactus League-opening lineup for the White Sox features Adam Dunn in the third spot, Paul Konerko fourth and Alex Rios fifth against Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw at Camelback Ranch.

That lineup becomes more a function of getting Dunn increased at-bats during Spring Training at the moment. The mammoth left-hander could stay in that spot for the start of the regular season, depending on how matters play out over the next month.

"Spring Training dictates to me where they're going to hit," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "How they feel more comfortable. How the team looks better. I want to protect Adam and PK with Rios, and I can do a lot of things here.

"Rios can steal bases and stuff, and A.J. [Pierzynski] can hit-and-run with [Carlos] Quentin. We can do a lot of things with them. I'm just going to start with Dunn batting third to see how it works."

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Juan Pierre and Gordon Beckham hold down the lineup's first two spots for Monday's 2:05 p.m. CT first pitch. Quentin is hitting sixth, followed by Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez and Brent Morel with the opening nod at third base.

The White have speed at the top and at the bottom and plenty of pop in the middle.

"I like it. It will be nice to see how it works," Guillen said. "But it doesn't matter where we put [Dunn]. He's going to be together [with Konerko]. I can't split them up. I tried, but I can't. I put Rios there just to see a different look."