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"If you can't kick a man when he's down, when can you kick him?", K Watch jefe and fellow Sox fan Steve Bogira joked a few weeks ago when I expressed my ambivalence about adding to the pileup on Adam Dunn. The lumbering slugger is fast becoming a local legend: his $14 million bat cleaves air as relentlessly as Paul Bunyon's ax cleaved wood.
There have been a couple of bright spots. In the Sox' 6-4 victory over the Tigers on Friday, June 3, Dunn got his first hit against a lefty in 42 tries when Detroit pitcher Andrew Oliver was slow to cover first base. "He should ask for the ball," the cruel Bogira said by phone.
Dunn homered and scored two runs in the Sox' 9-4 win over the A's on Thursday, June 9, after being benched for two days.
And he hit a three-run homer in Sunday's 5-4 win over the A's, a squeaker that came down to an Oakland error in the ninth. His seven home runs for the year put him in a tie with . . . Brent Lillibridge, the baby-faced 5'11 utility infielder turned outfielder whose spectacular defensive plays have been one of the highlights in a season where many of the team's key players have underperformed.
El Grande Burro has also kept pace in his quest to bust open the White Sox season record of 175 whiffs, adding 13 more in the last ten games.
So far: 60 games, 205 ABs, 84 Ks