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"Batting cleanup for the White Sox, hitting .163..."

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Adam Dunn had a dynamite Fourth of July against the Royals at the Cell. He sent a flare to right early in the game to end an 0 for 19 streak, bringing the fans to their feet as they exploded in a Bronx cheer. Dunn doffed his helmet from first base, winning over the crowd. In the eighth, a big breeze lifted a Big Breeze fly just over the right-field fence, and the White Sox went on to a thrilling victory. Dunn and his team had finally turned a corner.

But there was only more misery on the other side. The Sox dropped the next three, as Dunn went 0 for 11, with eight more Ks.

On the plus side, it was announced yesterday that the Big Breeze will represent the American League in the strikeout derby before Tuesday's all-star game.

When we first wrote about him in April, we said, "Time will tell whether Dunn powers the Sox to a pennant or serves as a breezeway in the middle of their lineup."

It's been the breezeway for three months now. Dunn has fanned 113 times already—an almost unprecedented 44 percent of his official at bats. And yet there he was in the cleanup spot last night against the Twins. He went three for four—three Ks in four trips.

He's now hitting .163. That's the worst average this season of big league batters making at least $14 million. As well as the worst average of big league batters making at least a nickel. There's not a lower average in Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A, the ACLU, or the AARP. It's the lowest average in the modern era, including the surreal and post-Impressionist periods. The average of Vinny "Go-Go" van Gogh plunged the season he was beaned in the ear—but he still rallied to finish at .180. Pitchers ruled in the Renaissance, yet no one ever hit less than .175. To find a lower average than Dunn's, you have to go back to the Stone Age, to that memorable season in which Barney Rubble hit .159. And in Rubble's defense, those stones didn't carry well.

So far: 75 games, 257 ABs, 113 Ks.

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