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Thursday’s starting lineup for White Sox, Nationals

White Sox
Alejandro De Aza — CF
Jeff Keppinger — 2B
Alex Rios — RF
Adam Dunn — LF
Paul Kornerko — 1B
Alexei Ramirez — SS
Conor Gillaspie — 3B
Tyler Flowers — C
Dylan Alexlrod –P

Nationals
Denard Span — CF
Jayson Werth — RF
Bryce Harper — LF
Ryan Zimmerman — 3B
Adam LaRoche — 1B
Ian Desmond — SS
Danny Espinosa — 2B
Wilson Ramos — C
Dan Haren — P

Wednesday’s starting lineups for White Sox, Nationals

White Sox
Alejandro De Aza — CF
Jeff Keppinger — 2B
Alex Rios — RF
Adam Dunn –LF
Paul Konerko — 1B
Alexei Ramirez — SS
Conor Gillaspie — 3B
Tyler Flowers — C
Gavin Floyd — P

Nationals
Denard Span — CF
Jayson Werth — RF
Bryce Harper — LF
Ryan Zimmerman — 3B
Adam LaRoche — 1B
Ian Desmond — SS
Danny Espinosa — 2B
Kurt Suzuki — C
Jordan Zimmermann — P

White Sox’s Dunn happy to be back in Washington

On Tuesday afternoon, White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn was back at Nats Park for the first time since Sept. 29, 2010, when he was a member of the Nationals.

At first glance, Dunn looks comfortable in familiar surroundings, messing with his chewing tobacco and talking to the media about his time with the Nationals. He played for Washington for two years and was one of their best hitters, hitting .264 while averaging 38 home runs and 104 RBIs.

“It’s great to be back. I love the ballpark, I love the city , I love the fans. I have a lot of really good friends on the team, so it’s good to see those guys,” Dunn said. “I loved every single day that I was here. This is a great place to play, from the front office to the clubhouse guys. I haven’t seen a lot of these guys in a long time.”

Before taking batting practice, Dunn was seen having pleasant conversations with principal owner Mark Lerner, general manager Mike Rizzo and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

When Dunn was with Washington, the Nationals were one of the worst teams in basebal, but within two years they became National League East champions.

“It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the team was going to be pretty good in the near future,” Dunn said. “You just didn’t know it was the very, very, very near future. It was a matter of time. The talent speaks for itself. The Nationals had a plan, they stuck with the plan. Everything has worked out pretty much like it should have. That’s a complement to Rizzo with the way he has handled everything.”

Dunn became a free agent after the ’10 season. The Nationals had a three-year offer on the table for months, but Dunn did not accept. He wanted a four-year deal and was able to get one with the White Sox. The Nationals replaced Dunn with Adam LaRoche, who was the Nationals’ MVP last year.

“It wasn’t my choice. I didn’t leave. I had to move on. I think it worked out pretty good for both sides,” Dunn said.

Dunn has a .185 career average with the White Sox. His worst year was .2011, when he hit .159 with just 11 home runs. He declined to say what wrong that year, but he sees a difference between the American League and the National League.

“Pitching is pretty good in the American League, from top to bottom. When you get into the bullpen in the American League, that’s where I see the big difference,” he said.

Dunn: Pitching helps Nationals improve

White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn said Sunday that the Nationals are a much improved team because of their pitching staff.

Entering Monday’s action, the Nationals have the fifth best ERA in the National League. They also are 40-38 and just 3 1/2 games behind the Braves in the Wild Card lead.

“I don’t think everybody knew they would be good this quickly,” Dunn said. “Everybody is [playing well].The pitching is that much better. With Jordan Zimmermann being a 100 percent healthy, it’s huge for the team.”

Dunn also said the Nationals made an excellent choice by hiring Davey Johnson as their new manager. Johnson will manage his first game with the team Monday night against the Angels. Dunn played for Johnson during the World Baseball Classic in 2009.

“If there is any manager who could make a difference on a club, it would be Davey,” Dunn said. “I had a chance to be with him at the WBC and he is awesome, awesome, awesome. He was really positive and had a lot of fun. Plus, he immediately had every one’s respect when he stepped in the dugout.”

Twitter poll: Nats fans react to Dunn going to Sox

On Thursday, I asked my Twitter followers this question: What is your reaction to Adam Dunn signing with the White Sox? A) Happy, B) Sad. The majority of the followers were sad. Here is what they had to say

@KBar80: I’m sad about Dunn, but business is business. I just hope it improves the Nationals somehow.

@CDublin: I’m sad because the Nationals didn’t get anything for him, but on the bright side maybe they can get younger and more athletic at first base. 

@HendoDC: He brought power and an average glove at first base. He didn’t seem to be making an unreasonable demand in asking for four years, $56 million.

@AlanClaffie: Not sad, but not happy about Dunn. He seemed like a good guy to have around with a bat that’s going to be hard to replace.

@NatsEnquirer: I’m happy because I’m holding out hope for Wil Nieves to the starting first baseman for Nats in 2011.

@tbridge: That’s a big hole in the lineup with no clear replacement.

@AlanFG: I will miss the excitement of his power plus he wanted him to be here.

@JackoBeam: I’m irritated and feeling disrespected as a fan base.

@donnysamson: Beyond sad. I agree with all of Ryan Zimmerman’s quotes. Dunn is Ryan Howard, and Dunn liked playing DC. I’m so mad at front office right now. 

@CarolBrobeck: Very bummed about this. Dunn was going to set high marks this year. 

@Andy Tretler: Despite what most think, the Nationals will be a better team in the long run.

@BrandonAKrueger: The offense goes from decent to absolute garbage. I’m done following this team.

@ferretcomp: Mixed. Sad to see the hitting go, but optimistic about better defense at first base and fewer strikeouts.

@leon_saffelle: I’ll be sad if they use Dunn’s money for Carlos Pena. They must make a big move now to avoid an attendance fallout.

@JScottLewis: Horrified! But I bet you are smiling from ear to ear, you Dunn hater! I hope you get that defense you’ve been wanting!

@WesleyDennis: The Dunn move is not good. I thought he had couple good seasons left to contribute and become a  mentor.

@thebrowncoat: “The Plan” was to lose our second best hitter and upset our best hitter.  We’ve succeeded.

@ SeanMMcNally: It was a bad decision, bad talent evaluation and a bad omen for Zim in 2013.

@Kim Contreras: I’m sad because Dunn wanted to stay with the Nats. White Sox GM Kenny Williams wanted him from the start and it’s good to be wanted.

@emmi1966: I’m sad because I just don’t see Mike Rizzo’s master plan and that makes this feel like a pointless loss of a valuable slugger.

@catch108stchs: I’m happy because I have an internship with the White Sox organization this summer. 

@tylerradecki: Nats just let a great first baseman go and he wanted to be here. Rizzo needs to get to work.

@arrsdrunktweets: Happy. I’ve never seen anyone other than Dunn strike out five times in one game. He wasn’t worth the asking price.

@Reggie: I’m sad, not only because of his home run power, but while watching him, Dunn always made baseball fun.

@waflanagan: I’m sad because this means that Zimmerman is gone in three years.

@natsreportjon: All other options are ghastly, and if you’re going to continue to lose, at least make the fans happy.

@recordsANDradio: Sad to watch the Nats for years. It just got worse.

@rickyh17: Disappointed. Dunn was major part of the offense and replacing him will be difficult. Hopefully, Rizzo has a plan.

@beidenmolinaro: I’m sad because the Nats have no realistic hope of replacing what he meant at the plate, in the clubhouse and to the fans.

@comish4lif: I’m frustrated. A weak team now has yet another hole to fill.

@jypaulos: Not just sad. I’m angry. They could have signed Dunn.  

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