CHICAGO -- Prior to Friday's game against the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field, Mark Teahen had just 37 career at-bats over 12 games started at designated hitter. With Adam Dunn's ongoing recovery from Wednesday morning's appendectomy and Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields on the mound, the left-handed Teahen got a chance to increase his DH total.
Dunn has previously spoken about finding ways as the designated hitter to stay active between at-bats. Teahen's specific plan to combat the down time worked in Friday's 9-7 loss, as he recorded his first three-hit game since Aug. 19, 2010, at Minnesota, and drove in three runs.
"On a night like tonight, just mainly try to stay warm in between at-bats," Teahen said before the game. "Come in and do a little cardio and stay going for the game."
Most of Teahen's at-bats have come as a third baseman (1,440) or a right fielder (971). So, Friday's assignment brought a bit of an adjustment.
"It's different," Teahen said. "I haven't DH-ed a ton, but at the same time, it's nothing too strange."