CHICAGO -- If Adam Dunn hadn't undergone an emergency appendectomy early Wednesday morning in Kansas City, then Brent Lillibridge wouldn't have been in the starting lineup for Thursday's home opener. But Lillibridge was pleased to have the opportunity, getting the nod in right field, with Carlos Quentin moving to designated hitter.
Lillibridge finished 2-for-3 with one run scored, one RBI and two stolen bases in the 5-1 victory over the Rays.
"It's pretty cool," said Lillibridge of the start. "My wife is like, 'That is one of those things you hope to do every day.' It's a real honor.
"I love my role. To sit and look at our lineup, we have a real good team, a lot of talent all the way down the lineup. But to be a part of this team and a contributor, it's going to be for me personally a good thing. It's a great team. We don't have any guys in there trying to figure it out."
Lillibridge has proven to be most adept at handling the outfield challenge, although he admitted playing left field or right field has a different feel than being in center.
"Corners are tougher. The balls aren't going straight at you. They hook or fade," Lillibridge said. "I'm just looking forward to doing my job. Run some bases, chase the balls down in the outfield like a dog and go from there."