News and notes as the White Sox and Tigers get ready to go here at the Cell Wednesday night.
-Adam Dunn is out of the lineup again, as he sits for the sixth straight game with a strained right oblique.
Dunn is so frustrated by the injury he couldn't remember how many swings he took before batting practice Wednesday.
"Anywhere from 10 to 100," Dunn said.
Dunn said he'll try to swing a bat again Thursday, but wouldn't be surprised if he sits out another week, or more.
"It's felt better," Dunn said. "Standing here doing normal stuff kind of feels fine. Problem is I have to swing a 34-ounce bat, which is not that bad until you really try to gear up for it and it's just not better yet."
Dunn is getting more frustrated by the day.
"It's terrible," he said. "This is the part of the season where I know everybody's beat up, but this is where you want to be at, September, playing meaningful games. Not being able to do anything, it's awful. I'd rather be out there not doing anything than what I'm doing now because it's terrible."
-Alejandro De Aza has been the White Sox' regular center fielder all season, but he'll be playing left tonight. Dewayne Wise is moving from left field to center.
Why flip-flop outfield spots?
"Well, in talking to him, De Aza's a little more comfortable in left," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's just one of those where if he feels more comfortable over there, go over there. That's it."
-Dan Johnson is in the lineup tonight and he'll give the White Sox a dangerous bat vs. Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, who is 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA over his last six starts.
Johnson has played in five games with the White Sox and is 3-for-7 with 1 RBI.
“You’ve go to be aggressive,” Johnson said. “The last time we faced (Scherzer, a 5-1 loss at Detroit on Sept. 1), he really pounded the strike zone and he didn't leave anything over the plate. It doesn't really do you any good to get deep in the count against a guy that's going to fill up the strike zone. You’ve got to be aggressive and hope to get your pitch.”
-Believe it or not, Ventura said Francisco Liriano might start at Minnesota over the weekend.
Demoted to the bullpen, Liriano made his relief debut with the Sox Tuesday night and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits while hitting a batter and not recording an out.
The left-hander has really been struggling to throw strikes.
“Sometimes I try to do too much,” Liriano said. “Sometimes I try to be perfect. And the thing is sometimes I give too much credit to a hitter and try too hard to pitch instead of hitting my spot and letting the guy behind me make a play for me. I don’t know.
“Try to find a way. I don’t know what to say right now. I’m trying to do my job and help the team at least give them a chance to win a game.”
Here are tonight’s lineups:
De Aza – 7
Youkilis – 5
Wise – 8
Konerko – 3
Rios – 9
Pierzynski – 2
Ramirez – 6
Johnson – DH
Hudson – 4
Floyd – SP
Jackson – 8
Dirks – 7
Cabrera – 5
Fielder – 3
Young – DH
Boesch – 9
Peralta – 6
Avila – 2
Infante – 4