White Sox 6, Rangers 3

Adam Dunn isn’t just going up to the plate and hoping for the

best even if it seemed that way last year.

”Whether people think so or not, I do have a plan,” said Dunn,

who homered and doubled for his first two hits of the spring in the

Chicago White Sox’s 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

”The things I’m working on in the cage, at least right now, are


Dunn is trying to rebound from a dismal first season in Chicago

in which he hit .159 and had a .277 slugging percentage.

”In the spring it’s easy,” Dunn said. ”There could be games

where I decide I’m not going to swing until I’ve got two strikes.

Today, I just wanted to see where the swing was.”

Apparently, it was in a good place. Dunn hit a towering

three-run homer to right field in the first inning off Rangers’

closer-turned-starter Neftali Feliz and added a hard double to the

right-center field wall in the third.

”You obviously want the results,” Dunn said. ”Granted, the

ball went out but I was happier with where it went out. I easily

could have hooked the ball down the line and still got the run in.

I very easily could have hooked it. But I liked the direction the

ball went.”

Dunn began this spring training with walks in three consecutive

plate appearances leading into Thursday’s game.

”I’ve gotten my walks out of the way for the spring,” Dunn

said. ”The first couple of games there were a lot of pitches I

could have swung at. For me, it’s more important to see as many

pitches as I can.

Feliz was less concerned with the results in his initial spring

start than in his ability to hit his spots and keep the ball down

in the strike zone.

”I’m not really focused on what happened today,” Feliz said

through an interpreter. ”I’m just focused on my goal. I felt like

I was locating the changeup and that’s what I wanted to do.”

Unlike a year ago, when Feliz was being stretched out to start

before indicating he would be happier with another year in the

bullpen, this year he has come in ready from the beginning of camp

ready to start.

”I feel like I’m well prepared,” said Feliz, who gave up three

runs on three hits with a pair of strikeouts in two innings. ”I

worked on my pitches coming in and I came in more comfortable

knowing I’m going to be a starter.”

White Sox starter Hector Santiago went two scoreless innings,

allowing two hits, walking one and striking out three.

”He’s a bulldog out there,” said White Sox manager Robin

Venture. ”He doesn’t back down.”

NOTES: The White Sox avoided their first 0-4 spring start since

2007 and gave Ventura his first win. . Chicago RHP Gavin Floyd

threw three innings in a ”B” game on the back fields of Texas’

Surprise complex, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and

two strikeouts in three innings. . Rangers 1B/OF Brad Hawpe did not

play in the ”B” game as scheduled today as he continues to work

through a sore right hamstring. . White Sox OF Brandon Short left

the game in the bottom of the eighth when he collided awkwardly

with the center-field wall. . Rangers DH Michael Young, who

sprained his left thumb diving for a ball on Wednesday, felt better

Thursday but did not play.