White Sox’ Adam Dunn given night off from hitting troubles
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com May 12, 2013 10:41PM
sox at twins
The facts: 7:10 p.m., CSN,
The starters: Hector Santiago (1-1, 1.69 ERA) vs. Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 5.96).
the rest of the series
Tuesday: 7:10 p.m., Ch. 26, 670-AM. Jake Peavy (4-1, 3.03) vs. Kevin Correia (4-2, 3.09).
Wednesday: 12:10 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM. Dylan Axelrod (0-3, 4.17) vs. Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 6.03).
Updated: May 12, 2013 11:42PM
Adam Dunn’s struggles at the plate are critical again, with his average down to .137 and his strikeouts up to 45. He hasn’t had a home run or RBI yet in May after getting an RBI in five straight games from April 25 to 30.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura sat him Sunday against Los Angeles Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson, with Dayan Viciedo at designated hitter and Casper Wells playing left field.
‘‘I’ve been trying to find spots to give Casper some playing time, and with Wilson going, it was a good time to get him in there,’’ Ventura said. But he admitted the need for a day off for Dunn, too.
‘‘A day to have a breather is good,’’ he said of Dunn, who is hitless in his last three games.
Ventura said Dunn and others may be trying to do too much at the plate.
‘‘You get to a point where you do more than you need to do,’’ he said.
Dunn has said he feels comfortable at the plate, but Ventura said the mental part of the game comes into play.
‘‘A lot happens from the time you walk from the on-deck circle to the [batter’s] box,’’ he said. ‘‘Simple things are what we need to do.’’
Ventura rarely held team meetings last season, a year when the Sox played well.
‘‘I don’t like them — I just think teams that scuffle have meetings a lot, so I don’t want to have too many meetings,’’ he said after holding one before Saturday’s game. ‘‘Teams that win don’t seem to have that many meetings because they don’t need to.’’
Ventura repeated that he had ‘‘stuff to say’’ about sloppy play.
‘‘There were things that needed to be said, and I’m the guy to say it,’’ he said. ‘‘It was just me talking. I wasn’t looking for a rebuttal.’’
The Sox’ brief three-game homestand wasn’t ideal in the schedule or in the outcomes. They begin a seven-game, two-city road trip Monday in Minnesota, then visit Anaheim for a rematch with the Angels.
The Sox are 7-11 on the road.
‘‘Some years I’ve been on teams that were just better on the road for no particular reason,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘For us, I don’t think it makes a difference right now. We just need to win a game, whether it’s at home or on the road.’’
Left-hander John Danks threw six innings Sunday for Class AAA Charlotte in his latest rehab outing. He allowed seven hits and three runs (two earned) with three walks and five strikeouts.
‘‘As a whole, my command was great, and I was ahead in the count to a majority of hitters,’’ Danks said. ‘‘I had good stuff, and I made the ball do what I wanted it to do.’’
Ventura said Danks will throw at least one more minor-league game before he returns.