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Will Sox players get Hahn's strong message?

White Sox right fielder Alex Rios can only watch as fans attempt to catch a two-run home run hit by Seattle Mariners’ Raul Ibanez in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 3, 2013, in Seattle.

White Sox right fielder Alex Rios can only watch as fans attempt to catch a two-run home run hit by Seattle Mariners' Raul Ibanez in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 3, 2013, in Seattle.

 

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It's not too early any more.

Once the calendar hits June and two full months are in the books, numbers mean more.

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And the White Sox' numbers are not adding up, specifically on offense.

Before opening a three-game series at Seattle, the Sox were riding a six-game losing streak and batting .193 while scoring just 9 runs during the skid.

The Mariners defeated the White Sox 4-2, making it 7 straight losses.

Before Sunday's 2-0 loss at Oakland, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn voiced his displeasure to Barry Rozner and Connor McKnight on the Score's Hit and Run radio show.

"It has led to individual meetings with certain players held by (manager) Robin (Ventura) and his staff, a couple of which I have been involved in, a couple of which the coaching staff has handled, to send a very clear message about what our expectations are of these individuals, and if we don't see improvement in the near future that some guys who were counting on spending their summers in Chicago very likely won't be," Hahn said.

On the record, those have been Hahn's strongest words since he took over the GM job from Kenny Williams shortly after the 2012 season wrapped up.

If the White Sox don't pull out of a tailspin that started after they finally clawed their way back to .500 just over a week ago, it will be interesting to see if Hahn follows through on his threat.

What will he do with Adam Dunn?

The slumping slugger looks a lot like the guy who batted .159 in 2011, his first season with the Sox.

Dunn was batting .158 with a .244 on-base percentage heading into Monday night's late game against Seattle.

He obviously has little or no trade value, so would the White Sox be willing to pull the plug and absorb the rest of the roughly $25 million left on Dunn's contact that runs through next season?

And what about catcher Tyler Flowers, who was batting .200 heading into Monday's game while also struggling on defense?

What about Jeff Keppinger? Alejandro De Aza? Would Hahn try to trade Paul Konerko?

Hahn says he's going to be as patient as possible, but it's time for the White Sox to start performing or jolting moves are inevitable.

Gordon Beckham came off the disabled list and rejoined the Sox against the Mariners on Monday. Beckham missed almost two months after fracturing his left hamate bone in an April 9 game at Washington. Maybe he can help the White Sox turn things around.

"You just have to go play," Beckham told reporters. "I'm not going to try to put any more pressure on myself than I normally would. I'm going to play and compete and do it the right way. Hopefully I at least go out there and you hustle a little bit and you show some pride, I guess. I don't know. You just go out there and play and hope it works out."

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