Updated: September 24, 2013 6:44AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Credit Adam Dunn with an assist on Dayan Viciedo’s grand slam, two sharp singles and fly to the warning track Wednesday night. Viciedo used Dunn’s heavier bat at Dunn’s urging, and manager Robin Ventura said it was the best he has seen Viciedo swing this year.
The heavier bat, Dunn said, cut back Viciedo’s body movement. Viciedo used the bat in a game earlier in the season and had a good game but didn’t stick with it. This time, Viciedo used Dunn’s 34.5-inch, 34-ounce bat a second consecutive night. Viciedo was using a 33.5-inch, 31-ounce bat, which is significant.
“He’s not flying out; he’s letting the ball come to him and still reacting,’’ Ventura said Thursday. “It was just a better look, and he can be more effective doing it that way than he was before. I don’t know if it was being overaggressive, but it’s more of a usable approach he used Wednesday. It wasn’t like he was overswinging, he was just in a better position. Offensively, he has tools a lot of guys aren’t blessed with.’’
A.J. Pierzynski will have mixed emotions when he returns to U.S. Cellular Field on Friday as a Texas Ranger. Pierzynski played eight seasons as a catcher for the White Sox, including the 2005 World Series year, his first.
The Sox will welcome him back with a Diamond Vision presentation in the same way they welcomed back Mark Buehrle.
“I’m sure he’ll get a very warm welcome back,’’ Sox senior vice president for marketing and sales Brooks Boyer said.
“I will be glad to get it over with, especially Friday,” Pierzynski told reporters in Texas this week. “But I’m looking forward to it and seeing some people. I still have a lot of friends over there, guys who I will be friends with for life.’’
Paul Konerko experienced some lightheadedness before the game and was a late scratch against the Royals.