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Third to first

• It's usually tough to judge a Major League Baseball team's chance for success until at least two months into a given season. That judgment might take longer for a team filled with youthful players of the future and present such as the White Sox.

"Guys will struggle. I don't know which one of the new guys will stutter at some point, but inevitably it will happen," Hahn said. "As we all know, Joe Crede and Aaron Rowand had to go back to the Minors before they became established big leaguers.

"Development is not linear. Sometimes there are fits and starts and sometimes guys pick up right where they left off in the Minors or in a foreign league. But we do feel we're getting to a point in the organization where we had some depth, which provides us with some insulation should we need to make changes. For now, we're going to roll with some of these young guys and see how quickly they can fulfill that potential."

• Some people believe the first workout of Spring Training marks the start of the next baseball season. White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn, who hit fifth in Monday's lineup against the Twins, looks more to Opening Day as the start of new beginnings for a team that lost 99 games in '13.

"If we don't like what happened last year, we have a chance to do something about it," Dunn said. "It's kind of the buildup. You got six weeks to build up for one game. We have an off-day Tuesday. So, you know, I think the excitement level and everything just brings out the best in you."

•The White Sox Opening Day lineup had five starters who made their first Opening Day start: Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Conor Gillaspie and Marcus Semien. The last time five or more White Sox made their first start in a season opener was 1944.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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