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Dunn stays in lineup, batting seventh

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BALTIMORE -- Adam Dunn and Ozzie Guillen hadn't talked about the struggling slugger's off-season routine, a subject Guillen brought up over the weekend.

"I've done the same workout with the same people,'' Dunn said of his off-season fitness work. "But as far as baseball stuff, I'll probably, will definitely hit this off-season. Just do what I can to not let this happen again, obviously."

Dunn has been up-front and as open as he can be with media about his season to forget, his first in the American League. But the subject wears him out as much as wears out White Sox fans. He didn't directly face a group of reporters at his locker before Monday's game as he answered questions, which was unusual.

'It's hard not to get frustrated, but I've tried to do the best that I could to now show frustration, but sometimes it's pretty hard not to," Dunn said.

Guillen, who suggested Dunn consider a more intense off-season routine - even though his old way has always worked - started Dunn at first base on Monday night after saying he might give him an extended break. But the Sox manager moved him down to seventh in the lineup.

"I'm going to let him go out there and play and see if he can come out of the slump,'' said Guillen, who may rest Dunn on Tuesday night against lefty Jo-Jo Reyes. "I put him down hoping he will relax a little bit more and won't have the pressure to go out there and do it. It's another thing we try to help him a little bit to swing the bat better.''

The White Sox won their fourth consecutive game Monday, defeating the Orioles 7-6. Dunn drove in the second run of a four-run second inning with an opposite field line single. He also grounded out twice and walked.

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