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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%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 55.92
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Twins 2B Brian Dozier cracks two home runs on Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 2 for 5 at the plate in Minnesota's 8-1 win over the White Sox on Sunday. 

Dozie got things going in the first when he smacked a leadoff home run off of Jose Quintana. Then in the seventh, Dozier did it again, blasting a three-run shot off of Scott Carroll over the left center field wall, his ninth of the season.

"He kinda started it and then finished it off today," manager Paul Molitor said to MLB.com. "He got the first one and then the last three. And in between we had a really nice inning."

Dozier is now hitting .253 with 24 RBI in 166 at-bats this season.


Twins RF Torii Hunter returns to No. 2 slot in the order on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) With the Twins returning to an American League ballpark, right fielder Torii Hunter will move back to the second spot in the batting order on Friday against the White Sox. With the team playing in Pittsburgh the last two games, Hunter was hitting fith in the order.

Now, with the team in Chicago, Brian Dozier moves back to the lead-off spot, while Danny Santana slides down to ninth.


Twins' Brian Dozier goes deep in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit a solo home run in the first inning, Tuesday, to put Minnesota ahead of Pittsburgh to stay. 

Dozier went 1 for 4 and scored twice. He hit his seventh home run and recorded his 20th RBI. 


Twins 2B Brian Dozier hits second homer in as many games


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Second baseman Brian Dozier hit his second homer in two games Saturday, helping the Twins get past the Rays.

Dozier delivered a solo shot in the eighth inning.

Twins 2B Brian Dozier HRs, knocks go-ahead sac fly in Friday's win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Second baseman Brian Dozier delivered a game-tying homer in the third inning and added a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh to help lift the Twins over the Rays on Friday.

"You don't really think about it," Dozier said about the home run. "It just came in a big situation to tie the game up."

Brian Dozier's leadoff homer supplies only Twins' offense


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier led off Sunday's game with a home run. The Twins would manage just one more hit in the loss to Cleveland. 

"He kept shaking to the fastball and left a couple up in the zone," Dozier said of Danny Salazar's pitch that he hit out. "I missed one and the next one put a good swing on it. After that, I think I only saw one more fastball."

Dozier went 1 for 4, hitting his fourth homer and recording his 16th RBI. He's hitting .244 this season. 


Twins 2B Brian Dozier breaks loose with homer, double


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier had been in a mini-slump heading into this weekend, but the surprisingly bad Indians pitching has proven to be a tonic for many hitters this season.

The same has held true Saturday for Dozier, who doubled and scored in the third and slammed a solo home run in the sixth. He added a walk and has scored six runs in the last four games.

His .420 slugging percentage is at its peak since April 13. He hasn't had a single since May 5.


Twins 2B Brian Dozier excelling from the top of the batting order


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) In the nine games since the Twins seemingly gave up on having second baseman Brian Dozier bat cleanup in the batting order and moved him back to the top of the lineup, Dozier is batting .317 with four doubles, a triple, a home run, nine RBI and two stolen bases. He has hit safely in seven of those nine contests. Think this was the right move?

Dozier's hot-hitting continued in Monday's victory over the A's, when he went 2 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI. 

To put things in perspective, Dozier is batting a mere .185 with two RBI out of the No. 4 spot in the lineup. It may be a while before manager Paul Molitor decides to move Dozier out of the top of the order. 


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.