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He's Dunn thinking: Scuffling slugger says he must grip it, rip it

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DENVER -- Struggling designated hitter Adam Dunn played golf with White Sox sports psychologist Jeff Fishbein on a recent off day.
"He's actually real good, so that added more stress to my life, golfing with him,'' Dunn said Tuesday.
Good to know he has a good short game, but can he fix Dunn's swing? Is he a good shrink?
"I talked to him a little bit,'' Dunn said. "It works for different people. I don't know if it works for me but you know, I have talked with him and I even golfed with him. I like him. [But] I don't know what's a good one. It's my first run-in with one.''
Dunn struck out four times against the Nationals on Sunday, three times against Livan Hernandez. He raised his AL-leading strikeout total to 100. He's 2-for-26 with 16 strikeouts and one walk in his last seven games.
"I just need to go back to basics and quit thinking,'' he said Tuesday. "It's not me. I'm not a thinker. I have to see it, hit the d--- thing and not make it so complicated.''
Manager Ozzie Guillen said Dunn will probably play in the last game of their Sox interleague game at Colorado, replacing whomever he believes needs a day off the most among left fielder Juan Pierre, right fielder Carlos Quentin or first baseman Paul Konerko.
"I'm not giving up, I promise you,'' Dunn said. "There's still a lot of baseball left. We put ourselves in position where guys who have been struggling have to step it up.''
As tough as this slump, the worst Dunn has experienced in his career, has been, he said he's not taking it home to his wife and young sons.
"The kids don't know. They have no idea. It's not fair for me to bring it home to them. They haven't sucked for four months.
"I put it in perspective as good as I can. When it's over it's over. It's been harder than it has in the past, but it's not fair for me to go home and pout about work. I'm not going to punish my two kids.''

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