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Adam Dunn pitched an inning and looked pretty good (Video)

Adam Dunn pitchingAdam Dunn of all people saw his first career action on the mound Tuesday when he pitched the 9th inning of his White Sox 16-0 blowout loss to the Texas Rangers, and he didn’t even embarrass himself.

Dunn started the 9th with his team down 15-0 and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. He got Elvis Andrus to ground out, JP Arencibia to foul out, and Rougned Odor to fly out. He did give up singles to Jim Aducci and Adam Rosales, and he walked Adrian Beltre. But check out the movement on this 81-mph pitch he threw to Beltre:

GIF: Adam Dunn with some nasty movement. Beltre is impressed.  on Twitpic

Was that his fastball? I’m not sure. He was mostly in the low-80s, which was enough to get the job done. And did he signal what pitch he was throwing to Andrus in that video? Sure looked like it.

The best to come out of Dunn’s pitching appearance may have been the great postgame quotes. Via MLB.com’s Scott Merkin:

Dunn’s career ERA now stands at 9.00. Maybe manager Robin Ventura can give him another inning of relief work to see if he can lower it to a respectable 4.50.

GIF via @corkgaines

Hawk Harrelson loses mind, screams ‘Hell yes!’ on Adam Dunn walk-off (Video)

Adam Dunn homerHawk Harrelson is the biggest homer announcer on the planet, and that makes him pretty unlikable to listen to most of the time. But sometimes he goes so far over the top that it’s hard not to enjoy it. Especially when he drops words that might be offensive to some.

Adam Dunn crushed a walk-off 2-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday to give the White Sox a 6-5 win over the Yankees. Harrelson went so crazy in the celebration that he blurted out a “hell yes!” while losing his mind. It was great.

And, boy, did David Robertson miss his spot badly on that pitch or what? Brian McCann set up way outside for the pitch, and Robertson threw a 92-mph fastball that had cutter-like movement and came back towards the plate. That definitely was not what he was trying to do.

Adam Dunn buys dinner for rookie Scott Carroll and his entire family

Adam DunnAdam Dunn did a wonderful thing for a teammate who made his Major League debut on Sunday.

29-year-old pitcher Scott Carroll made his first career start following over seven seasons in the minor leagues. The White Sox rookie pitched 7.1 innings allowing two runs (one earned), six hits and two walks while striking out three for his first career victory.

Carroll, who is from Kansas City, had 35 family members at the game to watch him make his debut, and he wanted to celebrate afterwards. He asked teammate Adam Dunn for a recommendation on a place where they could all go, and Dunn did him one better.

White Sox reporter Scott Merkin shared the story over Twitter:

That’s a pretty sweet thing to do by Dunn.

Dunn may be earning $15 million this season and have career earnings approaching $113 million while Carroll is probably just making thousands, but it’s about the thought more than anything else. That was very cool of him to take care of Carroll and the entire family.

And how much is Carroll loving things? Take a look at the “Field of Dreams” inspired tweet he sent on Monday:

Forearm bash to Big League Stew

White Sox roll out red carpet for Adam Dunn after he returns from Oscars

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Adam Dunn attended the Oscars on Sunday to support “Dallas Buyers Club,” a film that he invested in. The movie won three Academy Awards, so you could say the trip was a success. When Dunn returned to spring training on Tuesday, his Chicago White Sox teammates had a surprise for him.

The team decided to crack Dunn’s stones by decorating his locker area with a red carpet and cardboard cutouts of Oscar trophies.

Dunn said he was nervous about leaving the team to attend an award show but knew he made the right choice when he returned.

“It’s kind of like anything else, when it’s over you don’t feel as bad,” Dunn said, via the Chicago Tribune. “When you come back, it never feels as bad as when you have to leave. Obviously, everybody here has made it really easy, and it was just fine. It was a cool experience, and now it’s over until next year.”

He had to have known some needling was coming. Give the White Sox an A+ for heckling.

H/T Eye on Baseball
Photo: Twitter/White Sox

Fan arrested after diving into fountain to retrieve Adam Dunn’s 400th homer (Video)

Adam Dunn belted the 400th home run of his career on Saturday night, which is a massive feat for any slugger to accomplish. Unfortunately, not all White Sox fans were able to enjoy it.

Dunn’s homer came at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and fittingly landed in the fountains beyond the outfield bleachers. When the ball came down, a Chicago fan wearing a Kevin Youkilis jersey sprung into action and dove into the fountain to retrieve it.

Diving into the fountains at Kauffman Stadium is illegal, and the gentleman was promptly arrested, removed from the premises, and reportedly fined $2,500. The arrest would probably be worth the trade-off of being able to own a piece of history, but according to CSNChicago.com the fan was forced to give up the ball. Apparently the Kansas City police do fault a man for trying. But hey, we’ve seen people arrested for much less at baseball games in the past.

H/T Deadspin

Baseball Has Become a Pitcher’s Game and the Mendoza Line May Need an Adjustment

Quick, someone alert Don Henley: it appears the boys of summer have gone. The worst part about it is that it isn’t even June yet. At some point over the last six weeks you probably can remember how one player or another made you crazy and remember how they made you scream. Go ahead. Take a look at any of the box scores from recent Major League Baseball games. I’ll wait. (It’s not like I have anything better to do at the moment.) Big name signings like Jayson Werth (.228), Adam Dunn (.184), Carl Crawford (.210), and Vernon Wells (.183) have suffered a greater fall than Humpty Dumpty. Even guys who have been traditionally strong hitters have struggled, like Albert Pujols (.268), Raul Ibanez (.231), Magglio Ordonez (.172), and Justin Morneau (.204), not including the San Diego Padres, who started five guys on Sunday afternoon hitting .245 or less. It may take more than the king’s horses and men (with a few million thrown in) to put these helpless schlemiels back together again.

If this continues, they might reconsider Mario Mendoza for the baseball Hall of Fame (the American one, he is already in Mexico’s Baseball Hall of Fame believe it or not). Mario’s baseball immortality stems from the fact that he carved out an eight-year baseball career while hitting a less-than-stout .215. From his uncanny ability to do what was necessary to avoid getting on base, the expression “Mendoza Line” found its way into baseball vernacular. So anytime a batter has an average of less than .200 (or less than George W. Bush’s approval rating), he is said to be hitting below the Mendoza Line. Well if old is the new new and 50 is the new 40, then why can’t hitting .200 be the new .300?

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Matt Holliday, Adam Dunn Returning Quickly from Appendix Operations

Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn learned from watching a television report about Matt Holliday that he might have an appendix ready to burst. Much like Holliday, Dunn has also followed a quick path to recovery and is likely to return to the diamond before long. What makes the return of both players to the field pretty remarkable is how little time it’s taking each player to recover from surgery.

Holliday had his appendectomy on Friday, April 1st and was already back in the lineup on Sunday April 10th, just nine days later. He was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, and then later projected to miss 3-4 weeks by the club. Later we learned the Cardinals were not even going to place him on the disabled list and that Holliday would be back in less than two weeks. He was, and he went 1-for-3 with two walks, a run, and an RBI in his first game back Sunday.

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