Dunn dropped to fifth, to get Wednesday off

Dunn dropped to fifth, to get Wednesday off

Dunn dropped to fifth, to get Wednesday off
ARLINGTON -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen dropped slumping designated hitter Adam Dunn to the No. 5 spot in the lineup on Tuesday and will give him the day off on Wednesday, hoping to jump-start his slugger.

Dunn had just three hits in his last 32 at-bats entering Tuesday's game against the Rangers. The more alarming stat was the left-handed hitter's 0-for-30 against left-handed pitching. The Rangers had Derek Holland on the mound on Tuesday and fellow lefty C.J. Wilson slated for Wednesday.

It's the 11th time Dunn has batted fifth -- he has 30 starts as the cleanup hitter, so the shift in the order isn't a big shock. Dunn admitted on Tuesday that he's never gone through a slump like this

"This is ridiculous," Dunn said. "I've never [done this]. There's a first for everything, but this not something I wanted to ever happen. There's only one way to get out of it and that's just to keep swinging."

Guillen said Dunn may need the mental break that will come with Wednesday's day off. The White Sox travel to Toronto for a four-game series starting Thursday.

"He's starting to think about it," Guillen said. "I want to put him in the best spot to give him some success."

Dunn said his health is fine. He's switched bats a few times during the slump.

"I've never done that," Dunn said. "We're trying all kinds of stuff.

"I'd like to say I'm swinging at bad pitches," Dunn said, "but I'm not doing that. I'm swinging at good pitches, and seems like I'm taking the balls and swinging at the strikes and I'm still fouling them off. I'm going to keep battling."

Carlos Quentin moved up to the No. 3 spot against Holland, with Paul Konerko remaining at cleanup. Quentin promptly homered in his first two at-bats, and then added a third blast in the ninth to record his first three-homer game as the White Sox grabbed an 8-6 victory.

Dunn went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his fifth, to raise his average to .192. He leads the American League with 60 strikeouts.