CHICAGO -- Even at the 36-game mark of the new 2012 season, Adam Dunn still is being asked about how it feels to get off to such a good start following last year's miserable White Sox debut. And Dunn tries to interject a little humor into his reply, while adding in a serious tone that he's not satisfied simply by topping last year's home run total in early May.
"It feels good, I guess. Good would be the word," said Dunn. "There are some good things going on but a lot of bad things for me right now. Hopefully, we get those cleaned up and keep producing."
Dunn will have the chance to keep producing during this weekend's Interleague series at Wrigley Field, with the designated-hitter spot unavailable at a National League ballpark. Manager Robin Ventura reiterated Tuesday that Dunn will play left field all three games, even if Dayan Viciedo builds on his four-RBI performance in Monday night's victory.
"You look at your lineup and how important he is," said Ventura of Dunn, who is hitting .292 with seven homers, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored over his last 14 games and is on pace to hit 54 homers with 126 RBIs. "He has been batting third for us most of the time and that becomes a factor of being able to get him in there.
"I've seen him in the past and you realize he has a lot of power. He will strike out but just getting on base, he walks a lot, he's always in the middle of things when they happen offensively. That's a sign of the guy that's important to your lineup."