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Dunn third in likely Opening Day lineup

Dunn third in likely Opening Day lineup

Dunn third in likely Opening Day lineup
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Robin Ventura posted a lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game in Houston that offers a likely preview of his Opening Day lineup.

Tuesday's lineup features Alejandro De Aza leading off and playing center, followed by third baseman Brent Morel in the two-hole. Adam Dunn bats third as the DH in front of first baseman Paul Konerko and catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Right fielder Alex Rios bats sixth, with Alexei Ramirez playing short and batting seventh, followed by left fielder Dayan Viciedo and second baseman Gordon Beckham rounding out the order.

"It's not guaranteed to be the Opening Day one," Ventura said of the lineup. "That's one of the things that I've messed with throughout the spring, is putting guys in different spots."

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While Dunn might be a bit of a surprise after hitting .159 in 2011, his .255 (13-for-51) pace in the Cactus League, with five homers and 14 RBIs, has him looking like a middle-of-the-lineup man again. Dunn also posted a .415 on-base percentage this spring.

"He gets on base a lot," Ventura said. "Even though he might strike out a little bit, he does walk a lot. To me that's a good thing right in front of Paul."

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