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DENVER -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen started Adam Dunn at first base in Thursday's series finale against the Rockies, and he also used the game as an opportunity to rest several of his everyday players.
First baseman Paul Konerko, third baseman Brent Morel, catcher A.J. Pierzynski and right fielder Carlos Quentin were all given the day off.
"I've got to give the guys some rest," Guillen said. "Obviously, I have to put Dunn in the lineup, and [Ramon] Castro has got to catch a day game after a night game. And like I said earlier, I have to protect [Quentin against] injuries and fatigue."
Guillen said there is nothing wrong with Quentin, who was replaced in right field on Thursday by Mark Teahen, but he wanted to give the right fielder a day off with the White Sox entrenched in a stretch of 13 games in 13 days.
Chicago's skipper said he decided to start Dunn at first instead of the outfield because of challenges provided by the spacious dimensions of Coors Field. Dunn could play in the outfield for a game, or possibly two, when the White Sox wrap up their Interleague road trip against the rival Cubs starting Friday.
"Wrigley Field is easy because he can play right field," Guillen said. "Here, I don't want him to play outfield. The gaps in the this ballpark are too big for him to be chasing balls."
Dunn was slotted in the No. 3 spot in the lineup on Thursday, as he desperately tries to emerge from a season-long slump that had him hitting .173. Guillen is hopeful that Dunn can find consistency in the three-hole.
"Just put him at third [in the lineup] and see what happens," Guillen said. "Hopefully his confidence is back. ... Our lineup is stronger with Dunn hitting third. He can get on base for [Konerko], and I've got another lefty at the top of the lineup. It can make a lot of things happen."
Dunn went 0-for-3 with a walk and no strikeouts in the 6-4, 10-inning victory. He lined into an unassisted double play in the first inning, grounded into a 4-6-3 double play in the fifth, and was replaced by pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge in the seventh inning after walking.
White Sox enjoy Wrigley atmosphere
DENVER -- White Sox outfielder Brent Lillibridge never tires of watching the action in the stands when the South Siders face the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The passion of the city is on display when the crosstown rivals meet, which they'll do again when the teams begin a three-game series on Friday. The festivities surrounding Fourth of July weekend should only add the atmosphere.
"It's fun," Lillibridge said. "There's a lot of excitement, a lot of fights between the fans in the stands, but it's good. We just hope to keep doing what we've been doing against them."
As an outfielder, Lillibridge said he is used to being razzed as a visiting player, but he added that the Bleacher Bums at Wrigley tend to be some of the more creative fans.
"They have the easiest way to drop beers on you," Lillibridge mused. "They are right over top of you. No, but it's just part of the game. People pay to come out and harass us. You have just have to not worry about it, just ignore it. But whenever they give you something clever, you tip your cap at them."
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has made it clear over the years that he is not a fan of the Wrigley Field, but he said he has plenty of respect for the organization and its fans, making games at Wrigley something he looks forward to.
"I like to go there, I really do," Guillen said. "It's very fun. The people at Wrigley Field are amazing. They are very nice people, or at least, maybe, they go out of their way to make White Sox people feel very comfortable at their ballpark. I love when the game starts. It's a different feel about the game, kind of like a Boston feel.
"When we're not playing, it's a little uncomfortable. But I love to go play there."
Danks' strained oblique feeling better
DENVER -- White Sox left-hander John Danks said the strained oblique that forced him to the 15-day disabled list on Sunday is progressing well.
Danks, who suffered the injury in the second inning of his start against the Nationals on Saturday, said he will likely start doing some agility exercises during the team's weekend series against the Cubs.
"I'm doing well," Danks said. "This weekend we're going to try to do some more active stuff, test it out a little bit. We'll have a better idea then, but just everyday life, it feels fine."
The oblique injury has been widespread among Major League players this season, and it's the first time Danks has experienced the injury.
"I'm trying to be cautious with it because I don't know how far along I am," Danks said.
Rockies third baseman Ty Wigginton suffered an oblique injury earlier this season and said the slighest movement caused by a cough or sneeze would result in pain. Danks said he has experienced similar ailments.
"Coughing, sneezing, standing up and trying to get out of bed," Danks said. "You don't realize how much you use it, I guess, until you hurt it."