Found April 25, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
First-year manager Robin Ventura has made it a point to do whatever he can to protect certain players from themselves, and that started in the spring with Jake Peavy, and making sure the often injured pitcher was brought along slowly, no matter what Peavy told them. That also included Adam Dunn, and was on further display in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Oakland. Yes, Dunn struck out to end the game against the Athletics, but did so as a pinch-hitter, brought off the bench in the ninth. The reason Dunn was sitting? Ventura doesn't want the left-handed hitter to be exposed by left-handed pitchers like he was last season, and with Oakland starter Tommy Milone on the hill, it meant Dunn was on the bench until late in the game. "Obviously I'm doing something against them that's not working," Dunn said. "I feel fine in the box, but when I do get a pitch to hit, I miss it. Probably pulling off a little bit against the lefty." "A l...
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