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Chicago White Sox reliever Matt Thornton is eager for a chance to be a closer again.
Thornton is among the candidates to be the White Sox closer. He struck out one and allowed a hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Chicago's 16-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
Adam Dunn hit two home runs - a two-run home run and a grand slam off Royals starter Bruce Chen.
Dunn went 2 for 3 and now has four homers this spring.
''Where he's at and what he's doing and his mind and what he brings to the ballpark every day, that's the stuff I'm happy about,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Chen allowed 10 runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.
The White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski and the Royals' Billy Butler also homered.
Thornton wants to show he can pitch in the ninth inning after struggling in the closer role last season. He blew his first four save opportunities and lost his job as closer.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Adam Dunn hit a grand slam and a two-run shot off Bruce Chen, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 16-4 victory over a Kansas City Royals split squad Thursday.
Chen allowed 10 runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.
A.J. Pierzynski also homered off Chen in the fifth inning.
Billy Butler hit his third home run of the spring in...