In his first season in the American League, Dunn has struggled to a .182 batting average while attempting to adjust to both his new role as a DH and the different pitchers the AL has to offer. Dunn was hitting fifth in Monday's series opener against the Cubs, against whom Dunn had 418 career at-bats, which was second only to his 429 against the Brewers. His 41 home runs against the Cubs are more than he's hit against any other team.
"The best thing for me is that I'm going to get to see some guys I know," Dunn said. "It's not a foreign team to me. I've played them probably as much or more than any other team in my career."
Along with putting Dunn behind Paul Konerko, manager Ozzie Guillen moved catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who had been hitting fifth, down to seventh in the lineup. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez was hitting sixth.
"I made some changes and put A.J. down in the lineup to help it a little bit more," Guillen said. "I don't want to be a dead team when we go to the bottom of the ballclub. I want to try to even it up and make something happen in the bottom of the lineup."Pierzynski provided some pop, going 3-for-4 with three singles, but the White Sox never pushed him around to score.
Guillen has spent plenty of time mixing and matching this season, as Monday's lineup marked the 51st different combination he has used in the team's 74 games this season. He said his ideal lineup would be having Dunn back ahead of Konerko, but that hinges on Dunn's performance at the plate.
"I think Dunn should be batting third. That's the reason we paid him a lot of money," Guillen said. "Hopefully, he starts swinging the bat better and I can move him back to batting third as quickly as I can."