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Adam Dunn squashes retirement talk

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox designated hitter/first baseman Adam Dunn reiterated Monday he isn’t about to retire, despite recent speculation on the subject.

Confusion arose last week following a story that addressed one of Dunn’s common themes: If he isn’t having fun playing baseball, he will walk away. The headline suggested the team’s poor season might drive Dunn to retirement.

Dunn was asked about retirement again on Monday.

“I never said [retirement],” said Dunn, who is scheduled to make $15 million next season in the final year of his four-year, $56 million White Sox contract. “The day that I’m not having fun, the day that I walk into a locker room and it’s tough for me to show up or the competition juices aren’t flowing, I’m leaving. I’m going home.

“For some reason, people take that as I’m retiring. Is this year hard? Yeah, it’s hard. Has it been one of the harder ones? Yeah, because the expectations that we had in this locker room were so high. To play like we are playing, it’s a huge letdown. I don’t know where that comes into that I’m retiring.”

The White Sox entered play on Monday with a 57-85 record.

“I’m still here,” said Dunn, who had 32 home runs and 82 RBIs with a .445 slugging percentage. “That ought to tell you that [the competition juices] are still firing away.”