Both players and teams will continue their early-season progressions when the two clubs meet each other Tuesday night in U.S. Cellular Field on the South Side of Chicago.
For Baltimore and Chen, the spring and this part of the season have been about caution after Chen had been on a different routine while pitching professionally in Japan. Out of camp, Chen was given a few extra days before his debut, and he was given an extra day heading into Tuesday, when he'll be opposed by White Sox lefty John Danks.
"We always have the opportunity when we get back off this trip to move some things around," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said when asked about Chen's schedule. "So we will see what the needs are. We will [hold him back more] if he's in need of it.
"We are going to kind of go by what he's saying and what work days are like. It's good to have that opportunity. We won't always have it."
Regarding Dunn, the White Sox are still waiting for the thunder that produced an average of slightly more than 40 homers per year from 2004-2010. In 2011, Dunn hit 11 homers while batting a career-low .159 and striking out 177 times in 415 at-bats.
This season, the White Sox have witnessed more disappointment so far: Dunn entered Tuesday's game hitting .206 (7-for-34), with nine strikeouts in his last 20 at-bats.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura expressed patience in assessing Dunn's situation.
"He's doing fine," Ventura said. "Again, he's going to have strikeouts, but you want him to be aggressive and go to the plate with confidence, and he's done that. Even in the work he's done in spring, what he's done here, I likes what he's doing, I like what you're going to see from him in the future."
Orioles: Streaking teammates
Outfielder Adam Jones has hit in 13 straight games dating back to September 26, 2011, going 18-for-54 (.333) with three doubles, five homers and six RBIs. Outfielder Nolan Reimold has hit in seven straight games, going 12-for-30 (.400) with three doubles, three homers and six RBIs.
Catcher Ronny Paulino recorded base hits in his first five plate appearances for the Orioles and is batting .538 (7-for-13) in his three starts. The most recent player to have two or more multi-hit games to begin his Orioles career was Rhyne Hughes (April 24-25, 2010; 6-for-9). He is now 13-for-17 in first starts with a new team, going 2-for-3 with Pittsburgh (Oct. 2, 2005), 2-for-3 with Florida (April 7, 2009) and 5-for-7 with the Mets (May 1, 2011).
Six of the Orioles' first nine games have been decided by one or two runs.
White Sox: Beckham struggling
Second baseman Gordon Beckham went 0-for-4 on Monday night and is now hitting .115 (3-for-26), but Ventura said he wasn't overly concerned.
"It's early in the season," Ventura said. "I think you're looking at a guy that's competitive and wants to do well all the time, so there's a certain kind of give and take, as far as being patient and relaxed. He just wants to do well and I understand that. I trust him. It's nothing like he's not a good player. He's a great player and it'll come."
Danks is 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in nine career starts against Baltimore. He has gone 3-2 with a 4.80 ERA and 16 strikeouts over five career starts vs. the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field. The lefty received a no-decision in his last start against Baltimore on Aug. 8, 2011, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.
Since the start of the 2003 season, White Sox pitchers lead the Major Leagues with 799 quality starts. The White Sox already have five quality starts in 2012.
Orioles closer Jim Johnson has converted his last 12 save opportunities dating back to Aug. 14, 2011.
White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who needs three home runs to get to 400 for his career, owns a ten-game hitting streak to start the season, going 13-for-35 (.371) with one home run and nine RBIs.