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White Sox’ Adam Dunn: Playing old mates part of game

Updated: June 27, 2011 1:48PM



Facing his former team was something Adam Dunn thought about before the Washington Nationals ­arrived in town Friday, but the former Cincinnati Reds star has gone through it before in his career.

“It’s going to be weird probably, but they have a lot of new guys there, so it’ll be different,’’ he said.

Dunn was surprised by the resignation of Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, but his competitive side was still foremost in facing his former team.

“I have no sympathy for them [because] they want to do the same thing to me that I want to do to them,” Dunn said. “Again, that’s part of the game. They’re not over there crying about it, I promise you.’’

Getting stronger

Jake Peavy still isn’t at the one-year mark of his shoulder surgery, but he feels his strength gradually is returning.

“Physically I feel good,’’ he said two days after throwing 51/3 innings and 104 pitches against the Cubs. “I’m looking forward to Colorado [next start].

“Obviously, I’m not even a year out of surgery yet [July 14], and I’ve always been told that a year out of surgery you should feel close to normal and be gaining strength. I hope I’m going to get stronger, but that stuff is to be determined. Certainly, I hope I can pitch the remainder of the season healthy, or semi-healthy, and help the team win.’’

Peavy said he still has felt some fatigue.

“I got tired,” he said. “I threw 70-something pitches in [Class AAA] Charlotte the other night, and I could certainly feel I was on my last leg out there [Wednesday] and didn’t make very many good pitches. That being said, I didn’t really have it together from the start. I just battled through with what I had and made the best out of it.’’

Time to win

The Sox will play 10 of their final 16 games before the All-Star break at home, with three of the “road’’ games at Wrigley Field next weekend against the Cubs.

The opportunity to move above .500 at the halfway point is apparent. The first half concludes with a series against the Minnesota Twins, who had closed their gap behind the division-leading Cleveland Indians to eight games entering Friday.

“We’re hanging in there fine,’’ Gordon Beckham said. “This team has been playing really well. We just have to do what we’ve been doing and compete. There’s no deadline to do anything. It’s a long season.’’

Notes

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez batted third ­Friday for only the second time this season.

“He’s a very good RBI man,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said of Ramirez, who entered the game with 35 RBI, third-highest on the team. “He’s the best guy we have swinging the bat now.’’

Carlos Quentin originally was in the lineup but was scratched because of a personal matter.



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