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Dunn ready for a new chapter

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Dunn ready for a new chapter

When he was introduced at a Saturday seminar at SoxFest, Adam Dunn heard the strangest sound coming from White Sox fans:

Cheers.

Quite a difference from last season when Dunn's theme song became a chorus of boos that cascaded throughout U.S. Cellular Field for weeks as he batted .159 with 177 strikeouts. Maybe the room was filled with optimistic Sox fans, maybe they're willing to give him a second chance or maybe they were just saving their boos for when the new season begins.

I couldn't really tell.

Either way Dunn is hoping to put his lost 2011 campaign behind him.

"Hopefully Im going in this year feeling as good as Ive felt in a long time and just ready to get started and quit talking about it," Dunn told reporters. I thought itd be a lot easier. I thought Id be able to go through the offseason like Whatever, its over, like I do everything else. I wasnt quite able to do that because, for one, you couldnt go anywhere without people like, What happened? Whats wrong? Basically looking for me to make an excuse or something. That ain't happening."

Considering all of the criticism from fans and media over the last eight months, give Dunn credit for coming to SoxFest to face the music. He was open and honest, even telling the fans at the seminar that things got so bad last season that his wife asked him if he should consider switching sides in the batter's box and try hitting right-handed.

Some people might subscribe to the theory that you need to fail to succeed in life, believing that the season Dunn just experienced might help him in the long run. However, Dunn is not one of those people.

"I dont buy into the you need to fail,' all that stuff," Dunn said. "Like when everyone said the (Green Bay) Packers needed to lose a game to go into the playoffs. Why? You want to win them all. I want to be as good as I can every single year for 20 years or for however long I play.

"It doesnt matter where you go, everyone is talking about last year. I realize that comes with that, but I really cant wait for Opening Day.

Towards the end of last season, Dunn spotted White Sox announced Hawk Harrelson in the parking lot and told Harrelson that his goal was to win the Comeback Player of the Year award in 2012. But Dunn knows he's not the only one who needs a bounceback year.

We made two pretty good moves, I think, this offseason," he said. "That was hopefully getting me and Alex Rios back. Thats the way Im looking at it. We pretty much have the same team. We lost a couple of key players. We have guys capable of stepping in and filling that role and do a little better. Thats what were expecting.

Dunn says he doesn't weigh himself every morning, but judging by his appearance he did lose a lot of weight, mainly in the mid-section.

Now the wait begins for Dunn to go out and prove himself to a White Sox fan base that was let down in 2011.

"As soon as New Year's Eve when I was in bed at 12:01 like everyone else," Dunn said with a smile. "That's a new year."

If there's anyone who needed a new year, it was him. Now it's here. Hopefully a new chapter begins.

White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

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White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

The White Sox made some adjustments to their 40-man roster ahead of Monday's deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.

Rules stipulate that a player who signed when he was 18 or younger and has played five seasons of professional baseball is eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft if he is not on his team's 40-man roster. Because of that, the White Sox — like the rest of the teams in the league — made some moves Monday to protect certain players.

The White Sox announced Monday afternoon that they purchased the contracts of infielder Casey Gillaspie from Triple-A Charlotte, outfielder Eloy Jimenez from Double-A Birmingham, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and pitcher Ian Clarkin from Class-A Winston-Salem and outfielder Micker Adolfo from Class-A Kannapolis.

Simultaneously, pitchers Chris Beck and Tyler Danish were outrighted to Charlotte.

The most notable name on the list is of course Jimenez, the highly ranked outfielder acquired from the Cubs in July's trade that sent Jose Quintana to the North Side. Jimenez was a no-brainer to be protected after he slugged 19 homers and hit 22 doubles with 65 RBIs in his 89 games in the minors last season, splitting time between Birmingham and Winston-Salem in the White Sox system and Class-A Myrtle Beach in the Cubs' system. Jimenez is ranked as the White Sox No. 1 prospect by MLB.com.

Gillaspie was acquired in the trade that sent Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays. The brother of former White Sox infielder Conor Gillaspie, he hit 15 homers and 20 doubles in 125 games all at the Triple-A level. Gillaspie is ranked as the White Sox No. 11 prospect by MLB.com.

Basabe, the White Sox No. 17 prospect, was in last offseason's Chris Sale trade and hit .221 with five homers and 12 doubles at Winston-Salem. Adolfo, the White Sox No. 14 prospect, was signed as a free agent in 2013 and hit .264 with 16 homers and 28 doubles at Kannapolis. Clarkin, the White Sox No. 22 prospect, was acquired in the seven-player trade with the Yankees in July and posted a 2.60 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 86.2 innings of work at the Class-A level.

The 27-year-old Beck posted a very high 6.40 ERA in 64.2 innings out of the White Sox bullpen last season. Danish made just one appearance with the big league club last season, getting his first major league win in the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

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Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

Only three more months till the White Sox are back in action.

The South Siders announced their spring training schedule Monday, with Cactus League play commencing Feb. 23 out in Arizona.

The White Sox have the unenviable task of opening the exhibition schedule against the defending National League champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers playing hosts to the Pale Hose in Glendale. The White Sox will be the visitors, though they share the Camelback Ranch facility with the Dodgers, so they'll still be in their home ballpark. Their first official home game comes two days later, in a Feb. 25 matchup against the Cincinnati Reds.

The White Sox will face off against the Cubs in three "Cactus Crosstown" games on Feb. 27 and March 10 in Mesa and on March 16 in Glendale.

And in a cool wrap to the preseason, the White Sox will square off against their own Triple-A affiliate March 26 in Charlotte. The game against the Knights should be a fun watch considering all the future White Sox expected to make their way to the big leagues over the next couple seasons. The Knights' roster could be loaded with highly ranked prospects depending on how things shake out.

Here's the full schedule: