Brian Dozier 2B MIN 5 days ago

Dozier went 1-for-2 Saturday with two walks and a solo home run, his sixth jack of the season.

That's home runs in back-to-back games, and four of the last seven, for Dozier, who has all but erased the memory of his slow April with a .322 (19-for-59) May.

Brian Dozier 2B MIN 2 weeks ago

Dozier went 2-for-4 Saturday with two runs scored, a double and a solo home run.

It's just his third home run of the season so far, but Dozier has otherwise picked up the pace recently, hitting .297/.381/.541 in 37 May at-bats.

Brian Dozier 2B MIN 3 weeks ago

Dozier is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

Dozier started each of Minnesota's first 19 games at second base, and he'll finally get his first off day of the season, though it wouldn't be surprising if he still gets into the contest. Eduardo Escobar is batting sixth and starting at second base Tuesday night.

Brian Dozier 2B MIN 4 weeks ago

Dozier hit leadoff and went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a walk in Saturday's win over Seattle.

Dozier has been moved around in the batting order this season as he's hit leadoff three times, he's hit 2nd six times and hit cleanup eight times. He'd likely do better at third or fourth in the order with his power.

Brian Dozier 2B MIN 1 month ago

Dozier will bat cleanup Wednesday against the Royals, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.

Dozier has been unable to get it going in the two-hole (.217/.217/.348) so manager Paul Molitor will move him to cleanup, a spot in which Dozier has never logged an at-bat to this point in his career. Torii Hunter will be moved to the No. 2 spot, and it seems at least possible Molitor will continue to lean on Dozier as a key RBI producer, given the Twins' offensive struggles as a whole to this point (they rank dead last in MLB in runs). If so, Dozier's stolen base opportunities would take a hit.

Brian Dozier 2B MIN 2 months ago

Dozier will hit in the No. 2 spot in the batting order this season despite manager Paul Molitor experimenting with Dozier in the No. 3 spot this spring, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Moving Joe Mauer to the No. 2 spot ahead of Dozier would appear to be a better fit since Mauer's high OBP would play better ahead of Dozier's power. It's possible Molitor may change his mind at some point during the regular season.

Brian Dozier 2B MIN 2 months ago

Dozier signed a four-year, $20 million extensions with the Twins on Tuesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The deal runs through 2018, buying out Dozier's arbitration years. He'll get $2 million in 2015, $3 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, and $9 million in 2018. The second baseman gets some security, while the Twins will save some money if he thrives over the next couple of years. Dozier mostly hit second in the lineup last season, but Twins manager Paul Molitor said he may bat his second baseman in the No. 3 hole this year.

Brian Dozier 2B MIN 2 months ago

Dozier may hit third in the lineup this season, manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Dozier has two home runs and is 7-for-14 in five games this spring.

Joe Mauer may move up to second in the order as a result. It would make sent to have Mauer near the top of the order since he has a high OBP. Dozier hit mostly second in the order last season and his power, but lower OBP, is likely a better fit lower in the order.

Brian Dozier 2B MIN 2 months ago

Dozier was scratched from the lineup for Saturday's Grapefruit League lineup due to illness, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Twins thought they were in the clear following a rash of illnesses last week, but Dozier fell under the weather and was sent home to rest up. Doug Bernier will slot into the lineup, taking over at second base and batting eighth in his absence. Expect Dozier back in a matter of days.

Brian Dozier 2B MIN 8 months ago

Dozier had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three runs, three RBI, and a home run in the Twins' win over Detroit on Friday night.

He also made a highlight reel defensive play while the game was still in doubt. His batting average (.243) has been a bit of a disappointment, but with over 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, his production has been huge help for the Twins and his fantasy owners.