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Konerko gets second straight start at DH

Konerko gets second straight start at DH

CLEVELAND -- For a second straight game, Paul Konerko started at designated hitter and Adam Dunn was at first base for the White Sox. Konerko had an RBI single in his first at-bat on Saturday.

"One of those with the weather where it's easier to keep him loose," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Konerko's DH move in the 44-degree game-time temperature. "He mentioned it earlier in Chicago… staying warm, staying loose.

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"He gets out there and doesn't have time to stay loose because he's out there and getting stiff. He's out there with no time to stretch if he leads off an inning."

Dunn has started two games in left and two at first base during the first five games of this 10-game, three-city road trip. With the White Sox carrying 13 pitchers, Ventura would use Dunn in left again if necessary.

"If we need to start moving people around, he's the option to go out there," Ventura said. "Having three guys [on the bench] limits you a little bit. I don't see us being like this for a month. But for right now, it works."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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