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Veteran Dunn staying focused on present

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CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn remains well aware that his four-year, $56-million deal with the White Sox comes to an end after the 2014 campaign. Much like his attitude in Spring Training, though, the veteran designated hitter isn't thinking about anything aside from the game at hand.

"I know it's boring, but that's the answer," said Dunn when asked about his future. "I don't think it would be fair to myself or anyone for me to look past today.

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CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn remains well aware that his four-year, $56-million deal with the White Sox comes to an end after the 2014 campaign. Much like his attitude in Spring Training, though, the veteran designated hitter isn't thinking about anything aside from the game at hand.

"I know it's boring, but that's the answer," said Dunn when asked about his future. "I don't think it would be fair to myself or anyone for me to look past today.

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"So that's kind of how I've always tried to go about it. It's hard. It's definitely hard to do, but I'm not worried about anything else. I'm worried about today, and I'll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow."

Dunn has expressed a willingness to do whatever the White Sox need in order to succeed. In Friday's 9-6 victory over the Indians, Dunn walked twice and reached base two more times via a single and a double. He drove in two runs with a single during Saturday's 12-6 loss and has a .410 on-base percentage and .893 OPS through the first 12 games.

With Avisail Garcia's season coming to a tough end on Wednesday in Colorado, Dunn is ready to play in the outfield if needed.

"I'm taking fly balls out there. I took them in Colorado," said Dunn, who didn't have an at-bat during the Interleague series. "I'll go do whatever.

"It doesn't matter. If that is the case, I'll be ready. But the way that [Dayan] Viciedo and [Alejandro] De Aza are playing, they deserve to be out there as well."

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

 

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