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with sports reporters Daryl Van Schouwen and Chris De Luca

Manto's 'creativity' gets Dunn untracked

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SEATTLE -- Adam Dunn is searching to find the groove he was in during spring training and the first few games of the regular season. A selective hitter who draws lots of walks, Dunn is caught somewhere between being too picky and and swinging at pitches out of the zone.

"I feel a lot better than I did the last few games,'' Dunn said. "I'm still swinging at a lot of pitches that I shouldn't. We need to fix that.''

Dunn had it fixed on Friday night, hitting two home runs and a double in the White Sox' 7-3 victory against the Seattle Mariners. With five RBI, he hiked his season total to 11. He has three homers and is batting .265.

"I've been feeling good. I had a stretch of four five games I wasn't worried about. Everybody goes through them,'' he said.

Hitting coach Jeff Manto came up with a drill that helped Dunn keep his balance at the plate, placing a medicine ball between his feet in the batting cage. Dunn scratched his head at the suggestion at first, but it worked.

"Jeff is always thinking about new drills,'' Dunn said. "He came up with another drill I thought was kind of crazy. We started doing it and I felt like I was getting my balance back. He's still on the ball.''

Dunn has been lunging forward on his front foot, but the drill helped him stay back.

"I thought that was pretty creative,'' he said.

Dunn is probably looking forward to Sunday's game against Mariners right-hander Kevin Millwood. He is 8-for-19 with six homers against him.

Here's how the Sox lined up against Mariners right-hander Hector Noesi: DeAza CF, Morel 3B, Dunn DH, Konerko 1B, Pierzynski C, Rios RF, Ramirez SS, Viciedo LF, Beckham 2B. Sale P.

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