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Dunn sticking his neck out for Sox

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Adam Dunn boldly told the Tribune yesterday that he'll win the comeback player of the year award this season "if I play all 162 [games] like I plan to."

He said this after he was scratched from the White Sox lineup for the second time in three days because of a sore neck.

Dunn blamed his neck pain on a night of couch sleeping. But it's also possible his body is adjusting to the shock of making contact. He's hitting .308 with two homers, and has fanned only once.

The rest of the team has been consistent so far this spring, struggling with hitting, pitching, catching, throwing, and running. On Wednesday, with their exhibition record 3-8, general manager Kenny Williams told the Tribune the Sox were "a lot better than some people think."

Now they're 3-9, having fallen to the Indians yesterday, 12-3. Dayan Viciedo muffed a ball in left and A.J. Pierzynski dropped a foul pop. New third-base coach Joe McEwing waved Brent Morel home from second on a single, and Morel was easily thrown out. Alex Rios doubled, raising his average to .182. The team's official slogan this year is "Appreciate the game," but you'll be hearing "Good seats still available" more often.

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