CHICAGO -- Despite his four-strikeout performance on Saturday, Adam Dunn started at first base for the second straight day Sunday, just as White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said would be the plan for the weekend.
Dunn, who was hitting .190 and had just 27 hits compared to 57 strikeouts entering the day, remained the No. 3 hitter in the White Sox lineup.
Guillen reiterated that spot won't be changing anytime soon, and Dunn helped back that up on Sunday. He reached base in four of his five plate appearances, going 1-for-2 with a single and three walks.
"I've just been trying to almost get out of this stupid funk that I'm in by one swing, swinging as hard as I can," Dunn said. "And that's really not me, I don't swing as hard as I can, I never have. I needed to just relax and get back to the basics of seeing it and hitting it."
"When I bench him, I'm going to bench him for a day off, not because I'm punishing him," Guillen said. "What can I do? This guy is very important in our lineup. We're just waiting for him to hit, and the only way he's going to hit is to play him."
With Dunn playing first base Saturday and Sunday, Paul Konerko has moved to DH, where he went 3-for-8 on the weekend. While Konerko couldn't pinpoint a reason for Dunn's struggles -- whether it's the transition to the American League, lingering effects from his emergency appendectomy earlier this spring or just bad breaks -- he said the team is confident Dunn will get his numbers up soon.
"There's just a lot going on there," Konerko said. "The shame of it is he started out good at the beginning and had the appendix thing. I think he'll catch a streak. A guy like that can make up a lot of ground quickly with the damage he can do when it all lines up right."
Quentin likely to return to lineup on Monday
CHICAGO -- As manager Ozzie Guillen said would be the case after Saturday's 9-2 victory, Carlos Quentin was not in the lineup again Sunday. He should be back to his normal spot in the lineup on Monday in Texas.
Quentin, who was scratched just before Saturday's game with a bruised left knee, was available to pinch-hit, but the White Sox didn't need to use him in their 8-3 victory.
"He should be fine tomorrow," Guillen said. "I expect him to be playing tomorrow."
Quentin's nine home runs and 26 RBIs are both second on the team behind Paul Konerko's 10 and 35. His .525 slugging percentage is the club's highest among qualified players and is good for ninth in the American League.
Brent Lillibridge started both games in Quentin's absence, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs on Saturday and 0-for-4 on Sunday.
Jackson reflects on early years with Dodgers
CHICAGO -- Though he was facing the team that drafted him a decade ago -- and transformed him into a pitcher -- Edwin Jackson said Sunday's start against the Dodgers doesn't feel different than facing any other opponent.
Jackson, originally drafted as an outfielder, spent his first three Major League seasons pitching for the Dodgers, going 6-4 over 14 starts with a 5.50 ERA. He has since spent three seasons with Tampa Bay, one with Detroit and part of last season with Arizona before getting traded to the White Sox on July 30, 2010.
Despite the Dodgers being the first team to give Jackson an opportunity and help develop his pitching career, he views them the same as any other club.
"The year I got traded from them, I played them that same year, so I mean it's always the same, man. It's just business," Jackson said. "If I had a soft spot for teams I used to play for, I'd have a soft spot for a lot of teams already."
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The former outfielder wasn't expecting the Dodgers to turn him into a pitcher at first, but he said he was just "taking life a day at a time" and welcomed any opportunity that gave him a chance to play in the Major Leagues. The biggest adjustment was going from playing every day to just once every five days, but at least with the Dodgers he still got to hit as a pitcher.
Now in the American League, Jackson gladly welcomes Interleague Play, as traveling to National League ballparks next month will give Jackson -- who hit his first career home run last year with Arizona -- a chance to step back into the batter's box.
"Every pitcher wants to hit," Jackson said. "Every position player is trying to pitch and every pitcher is trying to hit, everybody wants to do what they can't. But this is baseball, it's always fun when you get a chance to hit."
White Sox ready to hit road for 10 games
CHICAGO -- Sunday's game against the Dodgers wrapped up a seven-game homestand for the White Sox, in which Chicago went 5-2. The South Siders have won or split each of their last six series dating to May 6.
Starting Monday, the White Sox will travel to Texas for a three-game set, Toronto for four games and then Boston for three -- all without any days off. The 10-game road trip wraps up a stretch in which the White Sox play for 20 consecutive days in five cities. They are 7-3 over the first 10 games of that span.
"It's kind of hard," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Obviously we're not making the schedules, but the schedule for us has been very tough. That's what they want us to do, and we'll do it. Hopefully this road trip comes out the same way we played the last one."
That last road trip was a nine-game West Coast swing from May 6-15, in which the White Sox took two of three each against the Mariners, Angels and Athletics. After returning home, the club split a two-game set with the Rangers, won a two-game series with the Indians and took two of three from the Dodgers.
"That's how you stay very consistent through the season," Guillen said. "So hopefully we win today and that'd be another one. But you've got to take it one day at a time and pile up everything, the good and the bad, take it one day at a time and give it your best shot every day."
Third to first
Alexei Ramirez is 21-for-53 (.396) in his last 14 games.
The White Sox were 2-0-1 in their first three series of the season, then 0-6-1 over their next seven and have since gone 5-0-1 in their last six.
Jesse Crain has pitched 10 innings over his last nine appearances without allowing a run.
The White Sox have had 10-plus hits in each of their last four home games and have hit .328 as a team during that stretch.
Chicago went 5-2 on its seven-game homestand and has won 11 of its last 15 games overall.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.