Thursday, April 7, 2011

Adam Dunn hopes to play Friday

Despite having an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning and expectations that he'd miss five games, Adam Dunn was hopeful that he'd be able to play in the home opener for the White Sox.

"I'm really disappointed that I'm not playing in this game today," Dunn said, per Scott Merkin of "I know it probably doesn't mean a lot, just another game to a lot of people, but home openers are really special -- especially when it's your first one. I definitely wanted to be out there and it's not going to work."

Dunn also said, "... I feel like when I swing, my belly button is going to go shooting at the pitcher. That's a bad visual. Seriously. That's what it feels like."

With a 13-strikeout performance from Edwin Jackson today, the White Sox beat the Rays, who are now 0-6 on the season. Although they didn't need Dunn tonight, he is hopeful that he'll be able to play on Friday.

Since 2004, Dunn has hit 38-plus home runs every year and has driven in 100-plus runs every year except 2006 (92 runs batted in).

Through four games this season, Dunn has one home run and five runs batted in.

Edwin Jackson: 2-0 and 20 K's in two starts this year

With today's victory over the Rays, White Sox starter Edwin Jackson allowed only one run while striking out 13 batters as he improved to 2-0 on the season.

The Rays have lost all six of their games and scored a league-low eight runs to start the season.

Jackson, who is owned in 58 percent of Yahoo! leagues, has struck out 20 batters in only 14 innings and has an ERA of 1.93 in his two starts.

In his 13 starts since being traded from Arizona to Chicago, Jackson has struck out 97 batters in 89 innings.