Ventura opts for new lineup to start season

PHOENIX -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura has decided to shuffle his 2013 lineup to begin the season.

Ventura will keep Alejandro De Aza in the leadoff spot, followed by newcomer Jeff Keppinger. The middle of the order will have Alex Rios batting third, Adam Dunn fourth and team captain Paul Konerko fifth.

In 2012 Dunn batted third, Konerko fourth and Rios fifth.

“That is the way it lines up right now,” said the Sox’s second-year manager. “We will mix and match and change things up. For right now that will be the way we start.”

Dunn raised his batting average 52 points in 2012, but hit just .208 while striking out 221 times. To Ventura’s credit he stuck with the same lineup all season. This time around It appears the manager will not be afraid to hurt anyone’s feelings.

“I have seen a lot of guys that care where they hit,” Ventura said. “I really never noticed a difference. Once the game starts you hit in different situations anyway. I always looked at it that if you were in the lineup you had a chance to hit. We can mix and match. I don’t think guys will get their feelings hurt.”

Rios is looking forward to hitting third, however his approach will not change.

“I will just try to have good at-bats and bring a good approach to the plate.” he said. “Nothing will change for me. I will just try to hit the ball hard somewhere. We should have a very good offense this season.”