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2 Brian Dozier 2B
Height/Weight: 5-11/190 | Birthdate: 5/15/1987 | Birthplace: Tupelo, MS | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 98/91 | Average Draft Position: 170.90
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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.

Bad back has Brian Dozier getting night off in Motown


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has hit two homers in his last three games, but will have a tough time making it three blasts in four games. He is not in the lineup Friday night in Detroit. Eduardo Escobar will man the position instead.

Dozier, who has an ailing back, has been one of the surprises of the sport from season's start. He is on pace to score 139 runs this season after tallying 72 a year ago.


Brian Dozier expects to be in lineup Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said he will be fine after leaving Wednesday's game due to back stiffness, per the Pioneer Press. He said the turf in Toronto was tough on his lower left back, but he expects to play Friday at Detroit.

Brian Dozier forced out with stiff back


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Twins infielder Brian Dozier was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays during the fourth inning, due to lower back tightness.

Dozier was involved in a collision in the outfield and appeared shaken up, but tried to play through it. He was forced out after going 0 for 2 at the plate, and his status moving forward is not yet known. The Twins are off Thursday before returning to action against the Tigers Friday.


Brian Dozier homers, steals base Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1 for 5 with a home run, two RBI and a stolen base in his team's 4-0 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday.

Dozier kicked off the scoring early, smacking a two-run home run in the first inning. He later reached on a fielder's choice and swiped second one batter later. Dozier has hit .245/.356/.458 with 14 home runs, 33 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 249 at-bats.


Brian Dozier actually due for some improvement


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6/4/2014) Brian Dozier is on pace to decimate all of his stats from 2013 -- his first full season with the Twins -- and given the magnitude of his improvement, you just might think he's been more lucky than good. In fact, the opposite seems to be the case.

It's true that Dozier's home runs haven't been Ruthian (or Stantonian) clouts, but most haven't been wall-scrapers either. While a 30-homer season is looking very realistic, Dozier has gotten cheated on his doubles total and batting average. As one would expect, Dozier has a healthy 40 percent flyball rate, but of the 61 flyballs he has kept in the ballpark, only one has become a base hit. Nearly all of Dozier's nine doubles have come on line drives, but he could have had four or five additional flyballs reach a gap for a double with better luck.

Owners shouldn't look for Dozier to be a big help with batting average, but there is no reason why he couldn't hit in the .260s going forward. He could also deliver another 25 doubles, which is why I am now viewing Dozier as a top five second baseman in Head-to-Head leagues.

Because the usual second base elites, like Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia and Jason Kipnis, should rebound, I don't expect Dozier to remain atop the second base rankings in Fantasy points. He shouldn't fall far, though, and because he is almost certain to have better luck going forward, his stats should actually improve.


Brian Dozier slugs 12th home run in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier enjoyed a big offensive performance Tuesday, going 3 for 3 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in his team's 6-4 win over the Brewers.

Dozier delivered a two-run home run in the fifth to give his team two crucial insurance runs and a 6-2 lead. It was his first home run since May 17 as the second baseman struggled through seven hitless outings over the second half of May. He has hit .246/.345/.446 with 12 home runs, 30 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 224 at-bats.


Brian Dozier continues to hit the long ball


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier clubbed his 11th home run Saturday against the Mariners.

Dozier reached base in his first three plate appearances. After singling in the first, Dozier was hit by a pitch in the third inning. He was able to get payback in the fifth, clubbing a three-run shot off Roenis Elias. After hitting 18 home runs in 147 games last season, Dozier has already clubbed 11 home runs in 41 games in 2014. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and three RBI.


Brian Dozier belts number 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier belted his 10th home run Friday.

In the fifth inning, Dozier stepped in against Chris Young with the bases empty. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he homered on an 83 mph fastball. Dozier had doubled in a run earlier in the game. He finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and two RBI.


Brian Dozier credits surge in steals to Hall of Famer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just two stolen bases away from tying his career high of 14, which he set in 147 games last season. With 12 stolen bases through 36 games this year, Dozier is well on his way to surpassing that mark.

Dozier credits his surge in stolen bases to coach Paul Molitor, per FOX Sports North.

"To be honest with you, what's kind of revamped everything has been having Molly on the staff," Dozier said. "It's been night and day compared to every other year, as far as dissecting pitchers, knowing exactly what they do, their tendencies, stuff like that. He has a five, 10-minute conversation with me before every game and every single thing that he's got on film from the pitcher, tendencies, everything."

Molitor sees Dozier becoming an emerging threat on the base paths.

"Even at a lot of stages of his minor league career, he became a lot more confident in his ability to steal a base. He's always looking for opportunities to pick up 90 feet," Molitor said. "His ability to get good jumps, his anticipation factor have all been very solid here through the first month. He just puts that added pressure on a defense when you can steal a base the way he has."


Brian Dozier knocks ninth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 9-3 loss to the Tigers Saturday.

Dozier delivered a three-run home run in the third inning that cut his team's deficit from 6-0 to 6-3, but it would be all the scoring on the day for the Twins. The second baseman has hit .236/.363/.443 with nine home runs and 17 RBI in 140 at-bats.


Two-run single changes strange stats for Brian Dozier


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier managed to get a bit of separation between his home run and RBI totals Thursday against the Dodgers.

Dozier entered with seven homers and nine RBI, but a two-run single in the fifth gave him 11 RBI. The leadoff hitter added another single to raise his batting average to .225.


Brian Dozier connects for sixth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1 for 4 with his sixth home run of the season in his team's 7-3 loss to the Rays Tuesday.

Dozier's solo shot in the fourth inning has become a common sight, as his six home runs come with just eight RBI as well as five stolen bases. He has hit .221/.337/.468 in 77 at-bats.


Brian Dozier slugs fourth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 1 for 4 with a home run, two runs and two RBI in his team's 7-1 win over the Royals Saturday.

Dozier's fourth home run came leading off the bottom of the first, and he would pick up his second RBI and second run during a six-run second inning that included an error on what should have been a force out. He's hit .182/.315/.477 in 44 at-bats.


Brian Dozier connects for third home run Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier doesn't have a lot of hits this season, but when he does connect he's made them count, as half of his hits have gone for home runs.

Dozier parked his third home run of the season Thursday during a 6-1 loss vs. Oakland. He gave Minnesota an early 1-0 lead when he belted a solo home run off Dan Straily with one out in the bottom of the first inning. Dozier finished the game 1 for 3 with one walk.

Dozier has just six hits in 36 at-bats this season (.167). He has homered three times in his last five games and has four RBI in that span. However, Dozier has struck out 12 times in nine games.