Balance drills helping Dunn at the plate

Balance drills helping Dunn at the plate

SEATTLE -- In his first season in Chicago a year ago, Adam Dunn struggled at the plate. The start of this season wasn't much different for the veteran slugger. Recently, though, Dunn has started to find his stride.

Dunn collected three RBIs on Wednesday for his first multi-RBI game since July 26. Then his biggest night offensively in almost two years came Friday, when he collected five RBIs on the strength of two home runs and a double. It's the first time Dunn has had five RBIs in a game since Sept. 24, 2010, and the first time he's recorded an RBI in three straight games since May 18-20 of last season.

"[Hitting coach] Jeff [Manto] is always thinking about new drills, and he came up with another drill that, I thought it was kind of crazy," Dunn said. "I was doing it, but when we started doing it, I started feeling getting my balance back and stuff like that."

One of the drills Dunn has been doing is taking swings in the batting cage with a medicine ball between his legs. The exercise is designed to keep a batter from lunging out in front of a pitch.

"All hitters do different drills to keep an eye and keep track, and that's one of his," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "If he [keeps having] those kinds of swings, with his ability to walk, it sets up pretty nice with just seeming like we always have guys on base."