Dunn still trying to sync up things with swing
White Sox slugger belts two home runs in productive first three games
KANSAS CITY -- Adam Dunn felt good at the plate even early on during Spring Training, and he felt just as good as the team broke camp from Arizona.
The left-handed slugger still finds himself in a good place offensively, with one small caveat. He has been out in front of everything.
"Yeah, I'm doing some things, actually started Opening Day, that I need to get corrected," said Dunn before Friday's series opener against the Royals. "To make it short and sweet, whether it's a changeup down and away or a fastball in, I'm out in front of it.
"I know what it has to do with, I just don't know if the problem is because it's early in the year and you are excited or it's something I have to go try to fix. I think it's the latter. My front hip is flying out. Other than that, yeah, I feel good."
Dunn wasn't worried about this early problem and certainly can't complain, with two homers and four RBIs over his first three games against the Twins. Situated behind the already impressive Jose Abreu in the batting order, the veteran watched Abreu get walked intentionally in the ninth and 11th innings of Wednesday's extra-inning victory, with a wild pitch on the ensuing walk to Dunn bringing home the winning run in the 11th.
Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire explained on Thursday that the moves were not meant as any sign of disrespect to Dunn, but simply respecting the way Abreu was barreling up pitches in that series. Dunn didn't take any offense to the Twins' strategy.
"You know, certain situations, I get it," Dunn said. "He's swinging the bat, looks good, I'm probably not going to hit a lot of singles.
"But I wouldn't recommend them doing that too much. That [isn't] going to happen, I would think, again. We'll see if it does or not."