Dunn opens season with fresh outlook, shave

Dunn opens season with fresh outlook, shave

ARLINGTON -- Before and after Friday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers, much focus was placed on Adam Dunn's missing beard and his shorter haircut, moves he said were done out of boredom on Thursday night in his hotel room. In between, Dunn tied Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. with a Major League-best eighth career Opening Day homer, while also walking and striking out in four at-bats.

"Adam had a great game," said White Sox reliever Matt Thornton. "He drew a walk, struck out and then hit a homer. That's what you expect a power guy to do in a game."

"That's the way it goes," said Rangers winning pitcher Colby Lewis, who yielded the 431-foot homer to Dunn leading off the sixth. "He guessed right and hit it a long way. Good for him. He's hit a lot of home runs in his career."

But Dunn hadn't hit one since Aug. 4. In fact, Dunn hit just one homer combined during August and September. The long ball didn't impress Dunn as much as sticking with his approach that he followed all spring at the plate.

He also talked about slight adjustments made to his routine as designated hitter.

"It will be different but the same concept," Dunn said. "Just probably doing a little different drills, as opposed to flips and stuff like that. So, yes and no, I guess. Stuff in the cage and yeah, it's a couple of other things I do, but mainly stuff in the cage."