TORONTO -- Adam Dunn will be dropped to seventh in the batting order when the White Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Dunn struck out four times in four at-bats in the Sox' 3-1 victory against the Jays on Thursday. He is batting .186.
"I'm going to put A.J. [Pierzynski], Rios and him [seventh],'' manager Ozzie Guillen said after the game Thursday. "It's not a punishment. To help him relax a little. You can see him starting to worry after his at-bats. He's very down. But I will continue to play him.
"Hopefully batting him seventh will help him relax a little. Hopefully that will work. When he swings the bat better we'll put him back where he is supposed to be.''
Dunn has struck out 65 times this season.
Guillen, who on Sunday made it clear that the Sox won't compete if Dunn and Rios don't produce, addressed that again before the game when Toronto media asked him about former Blue Jay Rios.
"I don't want to put pressure on those guys but that's the truth,'' Guillen said. "We can't rely on PK [Paul Konerko] and Carlos Quentin every night. I think we have a great, great offensive ballclub. When we hit, we can be scary.
"We've showed good things here and there, but not [sustained for] a week or 10 days.''