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Adam Dunn who says he’s swinging too hard singles drive White Sox’ first run Wednesday. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

Adam Dunn, who says he’s swinging too hard, singles to drive in the White Sox’ first run Wednesday. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 23, 2012 7:40AM



A day after saying he cost the White Sox their 2-1 loss to the Cubs, Orlando Hudson was replaced in the lineup by rookie Eduardo Escobar at third base.

The switch-hitting Hudson, who’s batting .167, went 0-for-4 with a pop-out with the bases loaded against left-hander Travis Wood in the second inning. His below-sidearm throw in the third that pulled Paul Konerko off the bag at first set up the Cubs’ two-run inning.

“I [messed] it up. I lost the game for the man, that’s it,’’ Hudson said. “The man [Jake Peavy] threw a hell of a game. I lost it for him. Point-blank. Case closed. We lost. My bad. That’s it.”

Adjusting to third base since general manager Ken Williams signed him after the San Diego Padres released him has been a challenge for the four-time Gold Glove winner at second. Hudson has been flashy at times, shaky at others. He’s his own worst critic.

Brent Morel, on the disabled list with a lumbar strain, continues a strength- rehabilitation program away from the team. He won’t be back any time soon.

Manager Robin Ventura called Hudson’s benching “a mental break’’ and suggested he’d play again Friday after the day off Thursday.

“We’ll put Escy in there and see how that goes,’’ Ventura said.

It went well when Escobar made a diving stop behind the bag and threw out Darwin Barney leading off the second inning. Escobar led off the third with a walk, stole second and scored the Sox’ first run.

At Class AAA Charlotte, third baseman Conor Jackson (.220, three homers) broke out of a slump with four hits Wednesday. Dan Johnson (.288, 17 homers, 54 RBI) has played 12 games at third, spending most of his time at first base. Right-hander Dylan Axelrod, recalled Monday from Charlotte, said Johnson has looked good when he plays third. Dallas McPherson is batting .245.

Veteran voice

Ventura had fun with a question about the Sox’ streakiness. Reminded their 13-1 run was followed by a 5-11 rut, Ventura said, “Then we’re going to get hot again. That must be the way it’s going to go.’’

Why that happens, “I think if anybody has the answer, we’re willing to listen,’’ Ventura said. “Every team is different. These guys go out and play hard. It’s not as easy as you just go out and say you’re going to win games and it’s going to happen. I look at it more at their effort level and how they come in here and prepare.’’

This and that

Adam Dunn worked on taking something off his swing.

“I think I’m swinging too hard, actually,’’ Dunn said. “I know that sounds stupid, but I think I’m seeing it pretty good and swinging too hard.’’

Kosuke Fukudome (left oblique) is batting .200 in three rehab-assignment games with Charlotte.

◆ Pitching probables for the Brewers series Friday through Sunday: Zack Greinke vs. Chris Sale, Randy Wolf vs. Philip Humber, Mike Fiers vs. Jose Quintana.



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