GLENDALE, Ariz. - Alex Rios wouldn't mind staying in the No. 5 spot in the White Sox batting order. He had success there in 2012, so why mess with a good thing.
Rios has no qualms about batting third, though, as manager Robin Ventura has suggested might happen. The left-handed hitting Adam Dunn batted third last season, maybe not the ideal spot for a low-average hitter [.204 with a .333 on-base percentage thanks to 105 walks]. Ventura said it wouldn't hurt to space out Dunn and leadoff man Alejandro De Aza, his only lefties unless Dewayne Wise is playing.
"If you have success in a spot in the lineup you might not want to change that, but I might actually be better off third with [Paul] Konerko and Dunn behind me because I might get better pitches,'' Rios said.
"I really don't mind. I've always felt that hitting is the same in any spot.''
The same goes for Dunn.
"Yeah, whatever. Makes sense [to switch it up],'' Dunn said. "It's never been a big deal to me. Other than not getting an extra at-bat every once in a while, that's about the only difference.
"I don't care. They don't have to tell me. I'll hit anywhere.''
Rios agreed that it might make sense to have his speed in front of Konerko and Dunn.
"Those are guys who are going to drive the ball,'' Rios said. "With people who can move on the bases, that might help us to score more runs, I don't know.''