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Chicago at Texas

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    Chi. White Sox «0100002306--
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    White Sox 6, Rangers 3

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    PHOENIX (AP) - Adam Dunn isn't just going up to the plate and hoping for the best even if it seemed that way last year.

    "Whether people think so or not, I do have a plan," said Dunn, who homered and doubled for his first two hits of the spring in the Chicago White Sox's 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday. "The things I'm working on in the cage, at least right now, are working."

    Dunn is trying to rebound from a dismal first season in Chicago in which he hit .159 and had a .277 slugging percentage.

    "In the spring it's easy," Dunn said. "There could be games where I decide I'm not going to swing until I've got two strikes. Today, I just wanted to see where the swing was."

    Apparently, it was in a good place. Dunn hit a towering three-run homer to right field in the first inning off Rangers' closer-turned-starter Neftali Feliz and added a hard double to the right-center field wall in the third.

    "You obviously want the results," Dunn said. "Granted, the ball went out but I was happier with where it went out. I easily could have hooked the ball down the line and still got the run in. I very easily could have hooked it. But I liked the direction the ball went."

    Dunn began this spring training with walks in three consecutive plate appearances leading into Thursday's game.

    "I've gotten my walks out of the way for the spring," Dunn said. "The first couple of games there were a lot of pitches I could have swung at. For me, it's more important to see as many pitches as I can.

    Feliz was less concerned with the results in his initial spring start than in his ability to hit his spots and keep the ball down in the strike zone.

    "I'm not really focused on what happened today," Feliz said through an interpreter. "I'm just focused on my goal. I felt like I was locating the changeup and that's what I wanted to do."

    Unlike a year ago, when Feliz was being stretched out to start before indicating he would be happier with another year in the bullpen, this year he has come in ready from the beginning of camp ready to start.

    "I feel like I'm well prepared," said Feliz, who gave up three runs on three hits with a pair of strikeouts in two innings. "I worked on my pitches coming in and I came in more comfortable knowing I'm going to be a starter."

    White Sox starter Hector Santiago went two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out three.

    "He's a bulldog out there," said White Sox manager Robin Venture. "He doesn't back down."

    NOTES: The White Sox avoided their first 0-4 spring start since 2007 and gave Ventura his first win. . Chicago RHP Gavin Floyd threw three innings in a "B" game on the back fields of Texas' Surprise complex, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts in three innings. . Rangers 1B/OF Brad Hawpe did not play in the "B" game as scheduled today as he continues to work through a sore right hamstring. . White Sox OF Brandon Short left the game in the bottom of the eighth when he collided awkwardly with the center-field wall. . Rangers DH Michael Young, who sprained his left thumb diving for a ball on Wednesday, felt better Thursday but did not play.

     
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    Chicago White Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alejandro De Aza, CF3000100 .000
        Brandon Short, CF0000000 .000
        Jordan Danks, CF1000012 .286
    Brent Morel, 3B3220001 .625
        Ozzie Martinez, 3B1000100 .000
    Dayan Viciedo, LF2110101 .167
        Jared Mitchell, LF2000001 .375
    Adam Dunn, 1B3124001 .500
        Jim Gallagher, 1B1000000 .000
    Tyler Flowers, C4000032 .143
        Hector Gimenez, C00000001.000
    Kosuke Fukudome, RF2110110 .167
        Delwyn Young, RF1000010 .000
    Gordon Beckham, 2B3112002 .429
        Tyler Kuhn, 2B1000000 .200
    Dan Johnson, DH3000020 .222
       a- Dallas McPherson, PH-DH0000100 .000
    Eduardo Escobar, SS3000000 .125
        Ray Olmedo, SS1000000 .400
    Totals3467658  
    a-walked for Johnson in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Dayan Viciedo (1, Feliz), Adam Dunn (1, Kirkman), Kosuke Fukudome (1, Kirkman)
    HR - Adam Dunn (1, Feliz), Gordon Beckham (1, Kirkman)
    RBI - Adam Dunn 4 (4), Gordon Beckham 2 (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (1)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Morel-Beckham-Dunn, Olmedo-Gallagher, Kuhn-Olmedo-Gallagher
    Chicago White Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Hector Santiago (W,1-0) 2200130 0.00
    Gregory Infante (H,1) 1.2111320 5.40
    Jhan Marinez (H,1) 1.1100010 0.00
    Deunte Heath (H,1) 2000120 0.00
    Pedro Hernandez (H,1) 0.2211120 6.75
    Anthony Carter (S,1) 1.1311100 3.86
    WP - Deunte Heath (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 45-25, Gregory Infante 41-19, Jhan Marinez 13-8, Deunte Heath 26-16, Pedro Hernandez 21-13, Anthony Carter 24-13
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 2-0, Gregory Infante 2-1, Jhan Marinez 2-0, Deunte Heath 3-1, Anthony Carter 2-1
    Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 8, Gregory Infante 9, Jhan Marinez 4, Deunte Heath 7, Pedro Hernandez 5, Anthony Carter 7
    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Kinsler, 2B3000010 .273
        Alberto Gonzalez, 2B1000110 .300
    Elvis Andrus, SS3020000 .700
        Luis Hernandez, PR-SS2121000 .250
    Josh Hamilton, LF2100121 .200
        Conor Jackson, LF2000013 .143
    Adrian Beltre, DH2000111 .400
        Luis Martinez, PR-DH2011001 .750
    Nelson Cruz, RF3010013 .400
        Engel Beltre, RF1000011 .200
    Mike Napoli, C1010100 .500
        Dusty Brown, C0000200 .000
    Mitch Moreland, 1B3001002 .100
        Brandon Snyder, 1B1010000 .667
    Mike Olt, 3B2000110 .222
        Yangervis Solarte, 3B1000003 .286
    Craig Gentry, CF3000013 .000
        Julio Borbon, CF1110000 .500
    Totals33393710  
    Batting
    2B - Elvis Andrus (2, Marinez), Luis Hernandez (1, Hernandez), Luis Martinez (1, Hernandez)
    RBI - Luis Hernandez (1), Luis Martinez (1), Mitch Moreland (2)
    SB - Julio Borbon (1, 2nd base off Carter/Gimenez)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    DP - Gonzalez-Hernandez-Snyder
    E - Alberto Gonzalez (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Neftali Feliz (L,0-1) 2333021 13.50
    Michael Kirkman 2433121 13.50
    Neal Cotts 1000200 9.00
    Joe Beimel 1000010 0.00
    Joe Nathan 1000000 0.00
    Yoshinori Tateyama 1000020 0.00
    Mark Lowe 1000210 0.00
    WP - Neal Cotts (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Neftali Feliz 36-24, Michael Kirkman 35-23, Neal Cotts 21-10, Joe Beimel 12-9, Joe Nathan 7-5, Yoshinori Tateyama 16-11, Mark Lowe 20-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Neftali Feliz 2-2, Michael Kirkman 1-3, Neal Cotts 1-2, Joe Beimel 1-1, Joe Nathan 3-0, Mark Lowe 2-0
    Batters Faced - Neftali Feliz 9, Michael Kirkman 11, Neal Cotts 5, Joe Beimel 3, Joe Nathan 3, Yoshinori Tateyama 3, Mark Lowe 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4344
    Game Time - 3:02
    Temperature - 70
    Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Mark Ripperger