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Dunn at first again; Konerko at DH

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TORONTO -- Adam Dunn played his fourth straight game at first base with Paul Konerko at designated hitter.

The trend stems from Konerko, 37, staying out of the cold in Cleveland and off the artificial surface at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. While neither is Gold Glove caliber, Konerko is better at digging balls out of the dirt while Dunn is more active and probably has a little more range, although Emilio Bonifocio's liner to his left went off his glove for a double in the first inning.

"I think there is a lot of good in getting out there,'' Dunn said. "With my personality, it's good for me to be out interacting with people as opposed to just sitting around. It's easier because you don't have to sit and think about hitting. You have to throw it out of your head and pay attention to defense.''

Especially with Jake Peavy, one of his closer friends on the team, Dunn said he suggests pitches and locations to throw.

Konerko singled in one of two Sox runs in the first against former teammate Mark Buehrle.

"We have the cool relationship, where he likes me to do that once in a while,'' Dunn said. " 'Get it up, get it in there [inside] if you're going to get it in there. Don't freaking leave it over the middle.''

Against left-hander Mark Buehrle, Konerko moved up to fourth with Dunn dropping to fifth.

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