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Dunn's secret weapons have left town

CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn was back in the White Sox’s lineup Tuesday having to prove himself all over again.

Two hits, including a home run was nice Monday, but this is Major League Baseball where all your accomplishments and failures are gone with each new day on the calendar.

“Yeah it was great, but I’m trying to handle it like I do every day,” said Dunn, who struck out in his first at-bat Tuesday. “That was last night. Hopefully we can do it again today but that was definitely something that felt real good.”

He will have to move forward without the pregame help he’s had over the past week. Minor-league pitchers Steven Sauer and Garrett Johnson left for the airport before Tuesday’s game. They had been on injury rehab with the White Sox, pitching to Dunn at full speed as all of them were getting their games in shape.

“Really man, it didn’t hurt obviously,” Dunn said. “We had fun with it. I had fun with it. I think it was fun for those guys. They got their work in and got a taste of big league life for a little while. It was fun. It definitely can’t hurt.”

When Dunn did have those sessions he was swinging at up to 80 pitches a day. That’s not the kind of pace his body could keep up with for an entire season or even a month, but it seemed to have its intended effect as Dunn is at least making a little more contact.

“Let’s hope we never have to do that again,” he said. “That’s obviously pretty much the last resort case, I would imagine. Hopefully I will never have to do that.”

Dunn is batting just .171 this season with eight home runs and 31 RBIs.