Adam Dunn had to persuade Robin Ventura to put him in the lineup Thursday night.
Dunn showed his manager that he indeed was healthy enough to play, hitting a three-run homer in the sixth inning of the Chicago White Sox's 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dunn was scratched from the lineup Wednesday because of a mild ankle sprain.
''He lobbied his way in tonight,'' Ventura said. ''He had to talk his way in after the way he jogged down the first base line yesterday.''
Dunn pinch hit in the eighth inning Wednesday and hit into a double play.
''He did some sprints down the hallway here to get himself in,'' Ventura said.
The long ball tied Dunn with Texas' Josh Hamilton for the major league lead with 22 homers.
In the sixth, with two on and two outs, Dunn hit the first pitch from Jake Westbrook over the center field fence. Dunn, who has 50 RBIs, has four home runs and 11 RBIs in his last six games.
He had just 11 homers l...