CHICAGO -- Before the 2012 season began, the names of Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Jake Peavy and Gordon Beckham were targeted in the category of "Need turnarounds" for the White Sox to succeed.
Peavy, Rios and Dunn have responded, with one All-Star nod and the other two deserving of such recognition. Beckham, meanwhile, feels close but not quite where he wants to be.
"I don't feel like I've done any better or any worse than I should have done, especially for how I started," Beckham said. "I'm happy, but I wish I could take away a month.
"If I take away April, then my stats for two months look pretty good. But you've got to deal with that. I should be hitting for a higher average."
Beckham finished the first half hitting .243 with nine homers and 37 RBIs, leaving him one homer short of his 2011 total. Take away his April, where Beckham finished 9-for-59, and he would be hitting .266.
"When you get in a hole like that, it's always tough to dig yourself out of it," Beckham said. "I definitely think at end of the year, I might not be exactly where I want to be but I'll be respectable. I'll get that average up."