Small signs not nearly enough

CHICAGO -- Despite Sunday’s 5-3 defeat to the Minnesota Twins, two Chicago White Sox hitters in deep slumps showed signs of life.

Adam Dunn snapped a 31 at-bat hitless streak with a solo home run in the seventh inning, while Jeff Keppinger managed to drive in two runs while actually extending his hitless run to 24 consecutive at-bats.

Keppinger drove in the White Sox’ s first run with a fourth-inning ground out, and brought home the second run in the sixth inning on a fly ball to center field.

“He's doing stuff to help you win,” manager Robin Ventura said of Keppinger. “He's hitting it on the barrel. It doesn't seem to be getting through, but as far as his quality at-bats, he's doing stuff you would expect him to do. It's just not finding holes.”

Not only is Keppinger’s hitless streak a career high, Dunn’s was too before he went deep off Twins pitcher Josh Roenicke. It was Dunn’s third home run of the season.

After scoring seven runs in Toronto on Wednesday, the White Sox appeared to have possibly found a groove. But they struggled Thursday against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Thursday and things haven’t been the same since. They scored four runs in the two games against the Twins, both defeats.

“You think it's going pretty good, you have a good day and then knuckleballers can do weird things to you as far as how your swing is,” Ventura said. “I don't know if that's it or not, but it does enough to throw you off enough. That's why guys don't like batting against those guys.

“But sooner or later you've got to get it together and piece together some innings. Today we were doing at least some small stuff, Keppinger is knocking them in from third, but it's got to be extended. You've got to extend those innings and get more out of it than we're getting.”