by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (6/14/2013) In case you haven't noticed, the White Sox's Adam Dunn has been the sixth-best first baseman in Head-to-Head leagues since May 14 -- a span of almost one month. True, that's mostly a product of him hitting 11 home runs during that stretch, but his .245 batting average is at least halfway respectable.
I wasn't able to single him out in this week's Hit Parade, but with matchups against the Astros, Twins and Royals' pitching staffs in a seven-game week, he's worth a look in standard mixed leagues.
I'm not saying you should sit an Allen Craig, Freddie Freeman or even someone lower-end, but equally reliable like James Loney for Dunn. As an all-or-nothing slugger, he's inherently risky, and I worry on some level that starting him now is starting him three weeks too late. But with those matchups, I'm willing to give Dunn the benefit of the doubt.
Adam Dunn goes deep yet again
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (6/11/2013) White Sox slugger Adam Dunn is red-hot at the plate right now as he homered yet again Tuesday night against Toronto.
Dunn went 1 for 4 with his 17th homer, and has homered three times in his last two games. In fact, he's gone 8 for 15 during a four-game hitting streak with a double, four homers and seven RBI.
Dunn has 38 RBI on the year, though he's still batting .182. Incredibly, though, he's only struck out three times in the last four games.
Adam Dunn homers twice in the fog
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (6/11/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn homered twice off Toronto starter R.A. Dickey Monday night in the fog.
Dunn, who has 16 HRs, hit a solo shot in the third inning and added a three-run homer in the fourth. He finished 4 for 4 with a walk, five RBI and three runs scored.
Despite batting .181, Dunn has gone 7 for 11 in his last three games with a double, three homers and six RBI. He has 37 RBI this season.
Adam Dunn hits 13th home run
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (6/5/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn hit his 13th home run in Tuesday's loss to Seattle.
As usual, the home run was Dunn's only hit. He's hitting just .166 on the season, but the last 20 games have been an improvement. Dunn is hitting .214/.282/.557 since May 13. More importantly, his seven home runs come out to a pace of 57 over 162 games.
Adam Dunn gets day off for sore back
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/30/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn told MLB.com Thursday the back injury he suffered May 18 might have been affecting his swing. Dunn is 2 for 31 with 18 strikeouts since. He received a day off Thursday.
"You know, yeah, probably," Dunn said. "Until you get put in the situation, like the back thing, where you come out of a game and you are feeling good swinging the bat good, then we lose that game. ... That's what we do. Is it smart? Looking back, no. It was stupid. But I can't. I'm done trying to convince myself that I could lay low and pull myself and sit down. I can't do it."
Dunn is expected back in the lineup Friday and does not think the injury will bother him.
Adam Dunn hits 12th home run
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/27/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn hit his 12th home run of the season Sunday in the first inning against the Marlins. Dunn took Alex Sanabia deep for a two-run shot.
Dunn finished the game 1 for 4 with two strikeouts and is batting .159 on the year. He's gone just 10 for 44 (.227) over his last 12 games, but does have six homers and 15 RBI over that span with 18 strikeouts.
Slumping Adam Dunn healthy enough to start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/26/2013) While White Sox DH Adam Dunn continues to battle through a back injury, he enters play Sunday against the Marlins mired in a 1-for-21 slump. Despite his struggles, manager Robin Ventura said Dunn is healthy enough to remain in the lineup.
"He’s doing something (different)," Ventura said referring to how Dunn looks now compared to how he looked last week, per ESPN. "You don’t necessarily know what it is unless you’re the guy at the plate. But it is a little different and eventually he’s going to get healthy and get back to kind of that run he went on back on the road trip."
Adam Dunn playing through back issue
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn is not fully healed from the back spasms that flared up Saturday, CSN Chicago reports. But Dunn will continue to play through the issue.
Dunn, who said his problem is more related to fielding, was the DH Wednesday against Boston.
"It takes so long to get loose," Dunn said. "I have to probably go two or three batters before I normally do just to go and get loose again. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same."
Chicago is off Thursday before opening a three-game series against Miami Friday.
"Laying down, that hurts it worse and sitting down makes it stiff," Dunn said. "So, I’m sure I’ll be walking around doing some stuff. Again, I never had any back problems. I don’t consider this a back problem really. But I don’t know. I guess it just has to run its course."
Dunn hit his 11th home run of the year Monday. With two on, Dunn sent a first-inning fastball from Jon Lester to right field. Dunn finished 1 for 3 with a walk. Dunn is hitting .172/.268/.428 in 145 at-bats.
Adam Dunn hits 11th home run
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn clubbed his 11th home run of the year Monday.
With two men on base, Dunn took a first-inning fastball from Jon Lester out to right field. Dunn finished the game 1 for 3, and he also walked once. Dunn is now hitting .172/.268/.428 in 145 at-bats.
Adam Dunn strikes out three times vs. Angels
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn endured a quiet afternoon at the plate Sunday against the Angels.
Dunn, who was forced to leave Saturday's game with back spasms, returned to the lineup as he struck out three times and drew a walk. He finished 0 for 3 in a 6-2 defeat.
Dunn is hitting .364 (8 for 22) with four homers and 10 RBI in his last six games.
Adam Dunn returns from back spasms
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn is back in the lineup Sunday against the Angels, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Dunn was forced to leave Saturday's game with back spasms. Dunn has five-game hitting streak, including four home runs, two doubles and 10 RBI.
Adam Dunn is day-to-day with back injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn, who was removed from Saturday's game with back spasms, is day-to-day.
"It's just more treating it and making sure everything is all right," White Sox manager Robin Ventura told MLB.com. "As of right now, it's day-to-day. Just watching him on the field, he had done something. I don't know exactly when he did it. We were watching him at first and he couldn't move around very well. When he came in, he just wasn't moving around too good. It just tightened up on him."
Dunn is questionable for Sunday's game against the Angels.
Adam Dunn removed from game with back spasms
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn left Satuday's game against the Angels with back spasms. He was 1 for 3 with two RBI and two strikeouts before being replaced by Jeff Keppinger.
Don't rush to own Adam Dunn
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn has heated up over the last few days, leading Fantasy owners to flock to his page and consider adding him. Dunn is near the top of the most-viewed players page as of Wednesday night, after hitting his third home run in two days.
Dunn can be a streaky home-run hitter, but Fantasy owners haven't been staying away from him because of his power this season; it is because he can single-handedly kill your team batting average. He raised his average 19 points Wednesday, all the way to .156.
Frankly, if you couldn't stomach Dunn's batting sub-Mendoza line batting average before his two-day outburst, there is little reason to think you will be able to moving forward. He is who he is at this point.
Adam Dunn swats two more homers
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn homered twice more and is up to nine this season after Wednesday's game in Minnesota. Dunn went deep for a two-run shot in the third inning and added another in the eighth.
Dunn went 3 for 4 in the game and added an RBI double in the fifth inning to drive in five runs total. He added a walk as he reached base four times. Even with his monster performance Wednesday, Dunn is still batting just .156.
The 33-year-old has homered three times in his last two games, however, with six RBI. He's up to nine homers and 18 RBI this year.
Adam Dunn takes a breather
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn, who has been struggling, received a day off Sunday night against the Angels.
He has been hitless in his last three games. Dunn struck out three times Saturday and has done so at least once in his last nine games played. He's hitting .121 (4 for 33) with 15 strikeouts over that span.
"A day to have a breather is good, you get Casper in there," Manager Robin Ventura told ESPN. "A lot of the guys, you get to a point where everybody wants to do a lot more than they need to do instead of making it simple. It's just one of those where you give him a day to not have to think about that"
Adam Dunn extends strikeout streak
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts -- his third consecutive hitless outing -- during a 3-2 loss to the Angels on Saturday night. Dunn, who served as the first baseman, has now whiffed at least once in each of the past nine games (15 total) as his batting average has dropped to .137 on the season.
Adam Dunn at first Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn will play first base Tuesday.
The White Sox are playing the Mets, and are unable to fill their DH spot. Dunn will bat fourth and play first in place of Paul Konerko. Dunn will face the tough Matt Harvey during the start.
Home runs coming in bunches for Adam Dunn
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) After a slow start, White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn is starting to hit for power.
Dunn has hit four home runs in his last eight games. He's still batting just .148/.242/.375 in 88 at-bats. After altering his approach to begin the season, Dunn has walked six times over his last six games. Dunn will face Rangers starter Nick Tepesch Wednesday.
Adam Dunn could come roaring back
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/26/2013) Got my first look at Adam Dunn Thursday against the Rays. To that point, I had assessed the White Sox slugger on box scores alone.
What I saw wasn't a player who looked uncomfortable at the plate. What I saw was a liner to straightaway center, a rocket right at the first baseman and a long home run to right. In other words, no evidence of his bat slowing down or of him getting easily fooled. He says he feels good, and I believe him.
I understand it's just a series of observations from one isolated game, but considering I entered with the hypothesis that Dunn's slow start is more a matter of who he is than where he is in his career, I came away convinced that he's just in an abnormally long slump ... one that might be nearing its end.
He's not beyond dropping in Head-to-Head points leagues, where his strikeouts might not make up for his home runs, but the home runs are coming.
Adam Dunn not worried about hand
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn dealt with some numbness in his right hand Wednesday, but told MLB.com that it is a recurring issue that he has played through in the past -- one he is not worried about.
"I don't know what it is," Dunn said. "It does it, I don't know how many times per year, a few times per year. It has been like that for eight years or something. It's fine. It's fine. It's there for a couple of at-bats. Some days it's there for a day or two. But it's fine today."
Dunn did not seem limited by it Thursday against the Rays, as he clubbed his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot that put the finishing touches on a 5-2 win. Dunn went 1 for 4 in the game, raising his batting average to .108.
Adam Dunn's average sinks to .100
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) White Sox DH Adam Dunn heads into play Thursday against the Rays mired in a slump. Dunn has two hits in his last 46 at-bats (.043), dropping his season average to .100 in 19 games.
During his 13-game slump, Dunn has 19 strikeouts. He also has a double, home, three RBI, three runs and five walks.
Adam Dunn slugs third home run
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) White Sox DH Adam Dunn hit his third home run Sunday against the Twins.
Dunn is still scuffling overall -- the home run was his only hit and his batting line is an ugly .108/.159/.262. Still, Dunn was mired in an 0 for 28 slump entering the game, so any positive results will be welcomed with open arms by the White Sox and their fans.
Adam Dunn feels fine despite results
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn went hitless for the eighth straight game Saturday against the Twins. He was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in the 2-1 loss.
“Today aside, I don’t feel terrible up there,” Dunn said. “Obviously, the results aren’t there, and this is a result-oriented game. That’s the first thing people think is that there’s something wrong. I don’t feel bad. You just can’t let it snowball and get in your head and start trying to get four hits on one at-bat.”
Manager Robin Ventura said that with lefty Scott Diamond pitching for Minnesota Sunday, he might give the 33-year-old a break to clear his head.
“I think he’s frustrated; anybody would be,” Ventura said. “It’s just one of those where you just got to keep grinding through it, and he’ll eventually get through it. It’s just one of those where both teams had a big [strike] zone today."
Adam Dunn stuck in the doldrums
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn had a bounce-back season a year ago, but that is starting to look like a fluke, given the way this season is going.
After going 0 for 3 Thursday against the Blue Jays, Dunn's bating average is all the way down to .105 through 57 at-bats. Dunn is hitless in his last seven games, and has found precious few other ways to contribute.
Dunn has just two home runs and one double, while walking only three times in 15 games. He has a 20-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the worst of his career, by far.
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn made his fourth straight start at first Monday in Toronto, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Paul Konerko continued to be in the lineup as the designated hitter.
"There is a lot of good in getting out there,'' Dunn said. "With my personality, it's good for me to be out interacting with people as opposed to just sitting around. It's easier because you don't have to sit and think about hitting. You have to throw it out of your head and pay attention to defense."
The 33-year-old Dunn has started the season hitting .136 after his first 44 at-bats with two home runs and five RBI. He's also struck out 15 times.
Adam Dunn in left field Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) For the second-consecutive day, Adam Dunn will play left field for the White Sox.
The team is unable to use Dunn as a designated hitter against the Nationals but want to get his bat in the lineup. Interleague games will happen more frequently this season, and it looks like Dunn will still get significant time when he can't DH.
Adam Dunn starts in left field Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) White Sox DH Adam Dunn rejoined the starting lineup Wednesday at Washington after sitting out Tuesday. He started in left field as Dayan Viciedo received the day off with no DH rule in NL parks.
No DH in NL means Adam Dunn on bench
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) White Sox DH Adam Dunn was not in the starting lineup Tuesday at Washington because there is no DH in the National League. It was the first time this season Dunn was left out of the starting lineup.
Dunn is batting .208 (5 for 24) with two homers and three RBI in the White Sox's first six games.
Adam Dunn connects for second long ball
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn hit his second home run of the season on Sunday against the Mariners. He took starter Hisashi Iwakuma deep for a two-run shot in the first inning and finished 1 for 4 in a 4-3 win.
Dunn is batting .208 (5 for 24) with three RBI and a .458 slugging percentage.
The 33-year-old will face the Nationals and Indians on the road during Week 2 (April 8-14). He batted .214 with a .491 slugging percentage in 77 games away from U.S. Cellular Field last season.
Adam Dunn joins the Duke on all-time HR list
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn hit a big blast in the second inning off Kansas City's Ervin Santana on Wednesday afternoon. It was his first home run of the season.
Dunn, who hit a solo shot, tied Duke Snider for 48th place on the all-time home-run list with 407 for his career.
Dunn finished the game 2 for 3 and added a single and two runs scored. He also walked once and is batting .286 on the year after going 0 for 4 in the opener.
Adam Dunn plagued by slow spring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn has been plagued by a slow spring, hitting .204/.338/.389 with three home runs and 17 strikeouts in 54 at-bats after going 0 for 3 Wednesday against the Indians. If Dunn can't turn things around before spring is over, he'll end the exhibition season with his worst line since 2010, when he hit .208/.321/.250 as a member of the Nationals.
Adam Dunn plays left field, struggles at plate
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn went 0 for 3 and struck out twice to drop his line to .189/.348/.432.
Dunn also played left field for the first time this spring, throwing out a runner trying to score from second on a single to left but not getting the chance to play a flyball. He should get the opportunity to play more in the outfield this year as interleague play becomes a daily reality in the majors.
The White Sox play three games at Washington during the second week of the season and two games at the Mets in early May. Dunn could qualify as an outfielder in many Fantasy Leagues by the end of the Mets series.
Dunn shakes off beaning
(3/1/2013) After getting beaned on the elbow earlier in the week, White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn was in the lineup for Friday's Cactus League game against the Indians. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout in the 9-7 loss. Dunn has gone 1 for 9 (.111) with a homer and two RBI through five spring games.
Dunn set to return Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (2/28/2013) The Chicago Tribune reports Thursday that White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn will return to the lineup Friday against the Indians in cactus League action. Dunn missed Thursday's game against the Brewers after getting hit in the right elbow by a pitch on Wednesday.
Dunn plunked on elbow
(2/27/2013) White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn left Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rangers after getting hit in the right elbow by a pitch from Robbie Ross. He walked in his first at-bat and flew out in the third inning before getting plunked in the fifth. The Chicago Tribune reports Dunn suffered a bruise.
Dunn likely to hit fifth
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013) The Chicago Sun-Times reports indications are that the White Sox will make a change with their lineup this season by moving Alex Rios into the third spot in the lineup and having Adam Dunn bat fifth. It seems like a welcomed move for Dunn, who admits to being distracted when runners steal. "It's one of those things,'' Dunn said Sunday. "My whole life, I'm so locked into the pitcher that whenever I see somebody move, especially with like two strikes, my eyes go straight to the runner. Obviously on a 3-2 count they're probably going to be running so you have it in the back of your mind. I'd rather have them on second, obviously.''
Dunn aims for aggressive ABs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/3/2013) The Chicago Tribune reports White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn said a right oblique straight that sidelined him in early September last season took longer than expected to heal this offseason, but it didn't prevent him in preparing for the 2013 season. "There are things I've started working on," Dunn said. "(Hitting coach) Jeff Manto and I have been in contact. As we get closer to spring training, I'll check to see what he has in store for me." One area Dunn could use improvement is 3-2 counts. He faced 157 in 2012, resulting in 55 walks, 65 strikeouts and a .118 average (12 for 102) in the remaining full-count at-bats. "I've got to be more aggressive earlier in the count,'' Dunn said. "I know it sounds stupid because I try to be ready all the time. I do like to look at pitches, and sometimes it's great. But that (3-2) is a count I don't like. The pitcher can go so many ways."