02/27/11 5:45 PM EST
Dunn to hit third in White Sox spring opener
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
That lineup becomes more a function of getting Dunn increased at-bats during Spring Training at the moment. The mammoth left-hander could stay in that spot for the start of the regular season, depending on how matters play out over the next month.
"Spring Training dictates to me where they're going to hit," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "How they feel more comfortable. How the team looks better. I want to protect Adam and PK with Rios, and I can do a lot of things here.
"Rios can steal bases and stuff, and A.J. [Pierzynski] can hit-and-run with [Carlos] Quentin. We can do a lot of things with them. I'm just going to start with Dunn batting third to see how it works."
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The White have speed at the top and at the bottom and plenty of pop in the middle.
"I like it. It will be nice to see how it works," Guillen said. "But it doesn't matter where we put [Dunn]. He's going to be together [with Konerko]. I can't split them up. I tried, but I can't. I put Rios there just to see a different look."
Quentin not being asked to carry offense
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Ozzie Guillen has Carlos Quentin hitting in the sixth spot for Monday's Cactus League opener with the Dodgers, but there are games in which the top-flight run producer could bat seventh. It's certainly not a bad luxury for the White Sox to have, taking a little pressure off the right fielder in the process.
"I hope he stays there. I hope he's not got to be [No.] 8 or 9," said Guillen with a laugh. "One thing about Carlos: He's got to make sure he does his job and not try to do less or more. We've got people here. We're all here to do what we're supposed to do.
"It's not about one or two guys. It's not about [Adam] Dunn. It's not about [Paul Konerko]. Everyone has a job to do. It's not 2008, where [Quentin] has to carry the White Sox.
"He's our right fielder, batting sixth," Guillen said. "Hopefully, he stays there the whole time. Every time I change the lineup, it's because something is going wrong."
Lillibridge takes to the (out)field
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When Brent Lillibridge was told White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen considers him a better outfielder than infielder, Lillibridge smiled and presented a counter response.
"I hope it means I'm a really good infielder, so that makes me a great outfielder," Lillibridge said.
Being able to play both in the infield and outfield, along with adding speed off the bench, makes Lillibridge a prime candidate for the 25th and lone White Sox position spot apparently available. Lillibridge studied outfield play under one of the best in 2010, picking the brain of Andruw Jones.
"I talked to Andruw about shading and where I should play," Lillibridge said. "He said to always play to your strength. If you are good going back, then play forward. If you are better going forward, then play back. You get a better jump that way. I learned those kinds of things.
"Mostly, it's being in good shape and letting your legs do the work out there. Let your athleticism take over."
Lillibridge added that playing the outfield has come easy for him since his college days.
"On the infield, there's a lot more stuff involved in understanding where the ball at that instance needs to go," Lillibridge said. "If you make the play on a back-hand in the hole, you have to know if it goes to second base.
"In the outfield, you make sure you catch it and worry about the throw afterwards. It's a challenge but a little simpler out there, where you chase the ball down and make sure you don't make mistakes throwing to the bases."
Roster likely to offer protection for Buehrle, Peavy
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen seemed to be leaning toward breaking camp with 12 pitchers when he talked about the roster Sunday morning. Guillen's logic centered on early protection for Mark Buehrle, who has posted 10 straight seasons of 200 innings pitched, and Jake Peavy, who will be closely watched in his comeback from surgery as the team's potential fifth starter at the season's outset.
As for the final position player, Guillen said it's more of a fit and what the team needs as opposed to the player with the best camp among Brent Lillibridge, Alejandro De Aza, Lastings Milledge and Dayan Viciedo.
"Obviously, you have a pretty good camp, and all of a sudden you [put yourself into contention]," Guillen said. "They're going to have plenty of at-bats. At the end of the day, the players make the team for you."
Third to first
The White Sox agreed to terms with 17 players on 2011 contracts. Gordon Beckham leads the pack at $485,000. Tyler Flowers, Eduardo Escobar, Brent Lillibridge, Brent Morel, Alejandro De Aza, Stefan Gartrell, Anthony Carter, Kyle Cofield, Freddy Dolsi, Lucas Harrell Gregory Infante, Nate Jones, Jeff Marquez, Jhonny Nunez, Chris Sale and Sergio Santos also were on this list. ... Sunday's intrasquad game was canceled due to heavy rains Saturday night.