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Left To Face Lefties

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WHO'S LEFT
Adam Dunn hits only .158 against lefthanders and has 52 strikeouts in 95 at-bats.
But he also has hit seven homers against lefties, which matters to manager Robin Ventura.
``Every time I thought about sitting him, he hit a home run--and he told me that, too,'' Ventura said. ``He walks [16 vs. lefties]. It's not the proto-type for a three-hole hitter, but he does a lot of stuff that's good for us.''
With the addition of Kevin Youkilis, Ventura said he might be more likely to rest Dunn against lefties. Youkilis can play first and Eduardo Escobar third, with Paul Konerko as DH.

HUMBER IMPROVING
Philip Humber returned to the team Saturday after pitching Friday night for Class AAA Charlotte. ``My arm feels great. My fastball command was pretty much where I wanted it to be and I threw sliders for the first time,'' he said. ``I feel like I'm healthy. I don't know what the schedule is going to be now with the All-Star break.''
Ventura said Humber (right elbow flexor strain) probably would make one more rehab start.

NOTES
Orlando Hudson started at second Saturday giving Gordon Beckham a day off.
``I don't necessarily want [Hudson] to sit for three weeks,'' Ventura said. ``It's not easy for a guy who has played every day to be able to accept [a bench role] and actually do it and feel comfortable at it. I went through it. It's still a process for Orlando.''
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