Leyland respects resurgence of Dunn, Peavy

Leyland respects resurgence of Dunn, Peavy

CHICAGO -- The Tigers, and rest of the American League, didn't see the real Adam Dunn last year, but it appears the White Sox designated hitter is back to his old power-hitting self.

Dunn, who hit a two-run home run Monday, has left the yard three times in seven games against the Tigers entering Tuesday's game at U.S. Cellular Field. Monday's homer was Dunn's 12th of the season, already surpassing his 2011 total.

Dunn's resurgence might be surprising to some, but certainly not to Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

"There's people in this game who for a long time, including me, that felt like he has been the best power hitter in the game. I don't know exactly what the numbers say, but this guy's been a big-time power hitter and in this ballpark, you knew he was going to hit home runs," Leyland said. "Last year, I don't know. But this shouldn't shock anybody, I don't think, that he's hitting home runs. He's always hit home runs."

Dunn isn't Chicago's only bounce-back player who could put a damper on the Tigers' quest to repeat as division champions. Right-hander Jake Peavy, Tuesday's starter, entered 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA and is looking like the pitcher who was among the National League's best a few years ago.

"There's not much secret to it. He's going to pound it, use his slider in fastball counts," Leyland said. "He's a very smart guy and he's a real competitive guy."