CHICAGO -- The last start made by Brent Lillibridge came at third base on May 20 at Wrigley Field during the White Sox's 6-0 victory over the Cubs. He has just three at-bats since then, leading into Sunday afternoon's leadoff spot and center field nod against the Mariners in the series finale.
It's a slightly different assignment than Lillibridge had in 2011, when he broke loose offensively with 13 homers and 29 RBIs. But with the White Sox winning and in first place, the team-oriented Lillibridge has no complaints.
"When you are rolling, you don't want to change anything," said Lillibridge, referring to the White Sox's nine-game win streak that ended on Saturday. "I totally understand. Would I want more at-bats? Absolutely.
"But whenever I get my opportunity, I'm going to do what I do and that's try to play well and play without any fear. Don't question or second-guess [when he's hitting], because you don't know when you are playing again. Just look for a pitch to hit and try to drive it somewhere. Try to get an RBI and steal some bases, play some good defense."
Tyler Flowers, Kosuke Fukudome and Eduardo Escobar joined Lillibridge in Sunday's 4-2 victory, combining for five hits with three runs scored, with manager Robin Ventura getting at-bats for some of his reserves and also dealing with a flu bug making its way through the clubhouse. Lillibridge pointed out that he has been getting into games, either as a pinch-runner or as he quipped, giving Paul Konerko "a day off" by playing the last couple of innings for him at first base.
Lillibridge's primary goal is helping the White Sox win, understanding that one great game probably won't change his role in the short term with the lineup going strong as a whole.
"Winning makes it so much easier to come to the ballpark," Lillibridge said. "My role is I've been in there. I'm an important part of it. It's just helping the team out.
"Last year, [Adam] Dunn struggled and I got to jump in and get more at-bats. It's a long season, and lots of things are going to happen. At this point right here, it can't turn into bitterness. I'm getting paid as a utility guy and doing my job. That's all you can really do and not try to over-analyze one or two at-bats I get. Just be comfortable and be aggressive and try to help the team win."