Dunn to get more playing time at first base

Dunn to get more playing time at first base

Dunn to get more playing time at first base
OAKLAND -- Regular designated hitter Adam Dunn made his second start of the season at first base on Sunday for the White Sox in the series finale against the A's.

Dunn swapped positions with first baseman Paul Konerko, and manager Ozzie Guillen said Dunn will wind up getting plenty of use out of his first baseman's glove this year, especially later in the season when Konerko needs a break.

"Late in the season, a little bit more," Guillen said before his club's 4-3 victory. "Early in the season, PK's fine, swinging the bat good. Obviously, I need somebody to help PK at first base. [Dunn] will play more than people think."

Dunn will start at first base for one of the team's three Interleague games against the Dodgers in the upcoming homestand, Guillen said.

"It's hard for me to bench PK, but I have to do what I have to do," Guillen said. "[Dunn] will be in one of those games."

Dunn is no stranger to playing in the field. Until this season, he spent his entire career in the National League.

"I'll be ready whenever they want me to play first," Dunn said. "I'll be ready."

Dunn has been more than ready at the plate recently. Over his past seven games entering Sunday, he hit .414 with seven doubles, one home run, four RBIs and seven runs scored. That hot streak raised his average to .216.

"I feel all right," said Dunn, who missed six games in April after undergoing an appendectomy. "I feel better than what the results say. I'm going to do something every day to hopefully help us win. I don't care about the numbers. Win each day."

Dunn went 0-for-3 with a walk to lower his average back to .210. Konerko finished 2-for-4 and is hitting .327.