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
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.