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White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez tags out Austin Jackson, who was caught in a rundown in the fifth inning. | Duane Burleson~AP

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The facts: 6:10, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.

The pitchers: Samuel Deduno (5-2, 3.72 ERA) vs. Hector Santiago (2-1, 3.91).

The rest of the sries

Tuesday: 7:10, Ch. 26, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Scott Diamond (10-6, 3.21) vs. Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.17).

Wednesday: 1:10, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. TBA vs. Jake Peavy (9-10, 3.28).

Updated: October 4, 2012 6:25AM

DETROIT — “It feels a lot better.’’

Those were Adam Dunn’s first spoken words about the right oblique injury that kept the major-league home-run leader out of the lineup for a second straight day.

Dunn went to bed Saturday night in “panic mode” because it hadn’t improved after treatment, but he woke up Sunday feeling better. After having the oblique worked over by trainer Herm Schneider, Dunn planned to test it with some swings around gametime.

That’ll give him and manager Robin Ventura a better handle on how close he is to playing again.

“Robin, hopefully we have a good-enough relationship now where he’ll trust what I say,’’ Dunn said. “I want to be in there today. I understand why I’m not. It sucks. But I’d rather miss today than miss [30] games.’’

Dunn, who led the team with 130 games played, described not playing against the Tigers as “brutal.’’

De Aza returns

With Dunn out and leadoff man and center fielder Alejandro De Aza back from bruised ribs, Ventura said a little extra went into writing out a surprise lineup that had left-handed-hitting Dewayne Wise moving to left in place of Dayan Viciedo and batting third against Justin Verlander. Orlando Hudson, who tripled in the Sox’ only run Saturday, played second base in place of Gordon Beckham.

Ventura liked Wise’s speed and his ability to handle the bat against a tough right-hander — he was 6-for-15 with three extra-base hits against Verlander lifetime — and having Viciedo or Jose Lopez to pinch-hit against a lefty reliever in front of Paul Konerko.

“Having Dewayne makes it a different lineup,’’ Ventura said. “More you can do with it. Probably a little faster. It’s a different look for us.’’

Santiago to start

Ventura said that Hector Santiago’s brief stint as a closer gave him the confidence to start him in a pennant race. Santiago returned to Chicago on Sunday to rest for his first major-league start Monday against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.

“One of the great things about him closing was that’s a tough environment,’’ Ventura said. “He can just pitch, and this is where he’s supposed to be.’’

Ventura said Santiago, Dylan Axelrod and Philip Humber will be mix-and-match starters in Gavin Floyd’s absence.

Floyd a ways away

Floyd, on the disabled list with a sore elbow, will try a light bullpen session Monday. Ventura isn’t expecting him back any time soon.

“First he has to go out there with no pain,’’ Ventura said. “Then you kind of go from there. But right now, there’s still a little bit in there that I wouldn’t feel comfortable even setting a time for him to pitch.’’

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