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2 Brian Dozier 2B
Height/Weight: 5-11/198 | Birthdate: 5/15/1987 | Birthplace: Tupelo, MS | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 99/94 | Average Draft Position: 55.86
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Twins 2B Brian Dozier cracks first triple of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 4 for 5 at the plate in Minnesota's 13-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday. Dozier picked up his lone RBI of the game in the third inning when he singled to center, bringing home Chris Herrmann. 

Then in the eighth, Dozier ripped a triple to deep center field, his first of the season. He had just one in 2014 as well. Dozier boosted his average to .240 with 11 RBI in 96 at-bats.


Twins 2B Brian Dozier hits three-run homer in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier recorded at least one hit for the fourth time in his past five games on Thursday in his team's 12-2 win over the White Sox. 

Dozier went 2 for 5 and hit a three-run home run to left field in the third inning. The homer scored Shane Robinson and Danny Santana. Dozier now has two home runs for the season. 

Dozier totaled four RBI and scored two runs of his own. 

He's now hitting .220/.305/.366. 


Twins 2B Brian Dozier out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, according to MLB.com. Dozier will get his first day off of the year after starting the first 19 games in a row. Dozier is hitting .205 with a home run and six RBI in 73 at-bats.

Eduardo Escobar will draw the start at second base and bat sixth. He is hitting .146 in 41 at-bats this season. The Twins are currently the underdogs (+125) against Detroit.


Twins move Torii Hunter into No. 2 spot, drop Brian Dozier to cleanup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor decide to swap Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter in Wednesday's lineup against the Royals. He moved Hunter into the second spot in the lineup and dropped Dozier into the cleanup spot.

Hunter is batting .130 (3 for 23) with no extra-base hits and two RBI in seven games, while Dozier is batting .241 (7 for 29) with one home run, three doubles and two RBI in seven games.


Twins' Brian Dozier batting .200 with one HR through six games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier carries a three-game hit streak into Monday's game against the Royals. His modest hit streak started Friday against the White Sox, when he had his first home run and multihit game (2 for 6) this season.

Dozier is batting .200 (5 for 25) with one double, two runs, no walks and four strikeouts through six games.


Twins lineup set for Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor posted the team's starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

The Twins will face LHP David Price with the following lineup: 

Danny Santana SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Torii Hunter RF, Kennys Vargas DH, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Oswaldo Arcia LF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jordan Schafer CF. Phil Hughes will be the starting pitcher.


Twins lock up Brian Dozier to a four-year $20 million extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Twins have signed second baseman Brian Dozier to a four-year contract, buying his arbitration years, the team announced on Tuesday. According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, he will make $20 million over four years. Dozier will receive $15 million in the final two years of his deal, which includes no options, per MLB.com.

"This is a good day for the Twins and a good day for Brian," general manager Terry Ryan, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "We like to reward players that have come through our system. We anticipate he's in the prime of his career, and suspect it's going to spike, some of numbers he has put up."

Dozier, an eighth round pick out of Southern Mississippi in 2009, is set to open the season at second base after hitting .242/.345/.416 with a team-high 23 home runs, 33 doubles, 71 RBI, 89 walks and 21 stolen bases in 598 at-bats last season. The 27-year-old has a career .241 batting average and 47 home runs over three MLB seasons.


Twins' Brian Dozier trying to be more than just a power hitter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier totaled three singles -- all up the middle of the infield -- in three at-bats during Wednesday's spring game against the Rays.

Dozier has appeared in just three spring games, but he is batting .625 (5 for 8) with one double, one RBI, one walk and one strikeout.

"When you can use more of the field, especially deeper in the count, it's going to be advantageous for him to increase opportunities to get on base," Twins manger Paul Molitor said, per The Star Tribune.

Dozier has just a career .241 average over three MLB seasons. However, he has totaled 47 home runs, 77 doubles and has managed a slugging percentage .414 or better over the last two seasons. Still, it appears Dozier wants to be known as more than just a power hitter.

"We all know he can hit a fastball," Molitor said. "We all know he's got a little bit of pop. Just looking for ways for him to get to the next level. He's learning the strike zone. Now he is trying to figure out how to be better a little deeper in the count and cut down on some strikeouts and give yourself a chance."


Twins' Brian Dozier (illness) returns to lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is in the starting lineup for Monday's split-squad game against the Pirates.

Dozier missed this weekend's slate of games due to illness but was able to return to baseball activity Sunday. He's set to open the season at second base after hitting .242/.345/.416 with 23 home runs, 71 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 598 at-bats last season.


Twins' Brian Dozier able to return to practice Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was able to return to baseball activity Sunday, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Dozier was suffering from an illness, which caused him to miss Saturday's game.


Brian Dozier will miss Twins game due to illness


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Twins outfielder Brian Dozier was scratched from Saturday's lineup and sent home due to illness. 

Doug Bernier took his place in the revised lineup. 


Report: Twins working on contract extension for Brian Dozier


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) The Twins are working on signing second baseman Brian Dozier to a contract extension, according to the Pioneer Press. There were strong indications Tuesday the Twins were making progress with Dozier's agent -- Damon Lapa -- and a contract extension could be close to being finalized, a source said.

“I’d love to be here,” said Dozier, who declined to comment on the negotiations. “I don’t want to be anywhere else. If the opportunity presents itself, then I’m all for it. We’ll see.”

Dozier is not arbitration eligible until after the 2015 season. If he does sign a contract extension, it will likely run through all three of his arbitration years and likely 1-2 free agent years.

Dozier tied a career high with 33 doubles in 2014, but he did finish with a career-best 23 home runs. He also had a career-high 21 stolen bases and 112 runs.


Brian Dozier belts a home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Twins infielder Brian Dozier belted his 22nd home run Friday against the Tigers. 

Dozier struck in the third inning. With the bases empty, Dozier belted a 91 mph fastball out to left for the solo shot. He also singled twice during the outing. Dozier finished 3 for 5, with three runs scored and three RBI. 


Brian Dozier to rest after heating up


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire left Brian Dozier out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. Doug Bernier got the start at second base in Dozier's place.

Dozier has a modest four-game hitting streak, but it represents his best stretch during an otherwise difficult month of September. He is 7 for 17 (.412) with a home run over the last four games, but prior to that, he was batting .136 for the month.


Brian Dozier getting a breather


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Twins left Brian Dozier out of their starting lineup for Sunday's game at the White Sox. He was replaced at second base by Eduardo Escobar.

It is only the second time since July 31 that Dozier has not started a game. He is batting just .229 with two home runs and four stolen bases since the All-Star break.


Brian Dozier returns to the lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier returned to the starting lineup Friday night against the White Sox. Dozier was nursing a swollen thumb after sliding into third base Wednesday, which caused him to miss one game. He is hitting .234 with 19 homers and 48 RBI in 406 at-bats.

Brian Dozier absent from Thursday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has recently emerged from a slump, but has been given the night off Thursday against Kansas City fireballer Yordano Ventura. Eduardo Escobar is manning the position instead.

A 3-for-6 performance in his last two games ended a 1-for-19 run for Dozier, who has not scored a run in the last seven games. He is tied for fifth in the majors in that department this season with 72.


Brian Dozier slugs 19th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 3 for 5 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 8-2 loss to the Indians Tuesday.

Dozier was 0 for 12 over his previous three games before getting back on track Tuesday. He has hit .239/.336/.433 with 19 home runs, 46 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 381 at-bats.


Yoenis Cespedes tops Todd Frazier to win HR Derby


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Reds third baseman Todd Frazier survived tiebreaking swing-offs in the first round before eventually meeting in the finals of Monday's Home Run Derby, where Cespedes picked up his second straight title with a 9-1 knockout of Frazier.

Cespedes' three first-round homers earned him a swingoff with Athletics teammate Josh Donaldson, and after Donaldson managed just one home run three swings, the outfielder delivered homers in each of his first two swings to advance. He defeated Orioles outfielder Adam Jones 9-3 in the second round after Jones managed four first-round shots, then took down Jose Bautista, who had a competition-best 10 homers in the first round, by a score of 7-4 in the AL Final. Twins home-field competitor Brian Dozier hit just two home runs in the first round, failing to advance.

Frazier played the role of underdog throughout, hitting just two home runs as the first batter in the competition but managing to slide into a swing-off with Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau after Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig failed to hit a single home run before recording seven outs. Frazier went first in the swing-off and managed one home run in three swings but advanced after Morneau went 0 for 3. The Reds third baseman took down Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki 6-2 after Tulowitzki hit four first-round homers. Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton earned a bye after hitting six massive blasts in the first round, but he bowed out to Frazier 1-0 after a long break.

Cespedes joined Ken Griffey as the only players to win back-to-back Home Run Derby titles. He'll likely enter the 2015 competition as the favorite to make it three in a row.


Brian Dozier smacks two homers in win over Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) With just a day before the 2014 Home Run Derby, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier gave fans in Colorado a taste of what they may see on Tuesday. He launched a pair of home runs in a convincing win over the Rockies in Coors Field.

Dozier launched a solo home run in the eighth inning and a three-run blast in the ninth inning. He finished 3 for 6 with two runs scored and four RBI in a 13-5 victory. He owns a .242/.340/.436 with 18 homers and 45 RBI in 360 at-bats.

Brian Dozier selected to participate in Home Run Derby


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier will compete in the 2014 Home Run derby, according to multiple reports.

Dozier will have the home crowd behind him, with this year's festivities taking place at Target Field. The second baseman has slugged 16 home runs this season, double the amount of the second-best home-run hitter on the team (Josh Willingham, eight).


Slumping Brian Dozier gets Tuesday off


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) The Twins gave infielder Brian Dozier a rare bit of rest Tuesday, as he was out of the lineup for just the third time all season for that evening's game against the Royals.

Dozier appeared in 79 of the team's first 81 games, with a two-game absence due to a back injury his only other time off. However, the workload might have been getting to him, as he was just 1 for 24 over his last six games, leading manager Ron Gardenhire to get him the day off.

"He's been playing every game and every inning," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We all see he's scuffling a little bit. He just missed a home run last night. You could see a little frustration in the dugout. And he's a little worn out. So he needs a blow like everybody else."

Dozier is hitting .235/.350/.442 on the season. 


Brian Dozier returns to action Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier returned to the starting lineup Sunday.

Dozier was dealing with a back injury, and hadn't played since June 11. He was able to pinch hit Saturday, and is ready to get in a full game. Dozier is hitting .246/.355/.468 over 252 at-bats.


Brian Dozier knocks 15th home run Saturday off bench


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was pressed into service Saturday after multiple injuries and responded by smacking a two-run home run in his team's 12-9 loss to the Tigers.

Dozier was pulled out of Wednesday's game due to lower back tightness and hadn't played since, but he came in to play second base in the eighth inning after the Twins lost two infielders to injuries in the game. Dozier has hit .246/.355/.468 with 15 home runs, 35 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 252 at-bats.


Brian Dozier a no-go Saturday vs. Detroit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was held out of the starting lineup Saturday afternoon against Detroit because of an ailing back. Dozier has missed back-to-back games because of the issue. He took a few swings before the game and is available off the bench. He is hitting .243 with 14 homers and 33 RBI in 251 at-bats.