Dozier stays hot, lights up Astros

Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier plays in a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier plays in a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Twins second baseman and Fulton native Brian Dozier made a few adjustments to his batting stance in May, and the results have been astounding.

Last Friday in a game against the Houston Astros, The 26-year-old leadoff batter stepped up to the plate with a runner on second and the score tied at 3 in the bottom of the 13th inning. Dozier delivered a clutch single to right field that scored Clete Thomas and won the game in walkoff fashion. If that weren’t enough, he followed up that performance Saturday when he led off the game with a triple and scored the go-ahead run as the Twins won 6-4.

The former Itawamba AHS Indian raised his batting average to .236 over the weekend and stretched a hitting streak to 10-straight games, a streak that was finally broken Sunday when he went 0-4 in the series finale.

“Ever since I made some adjustments, it kind of transformed my season,” Dozier told foxsportsnorth.com. “I think that’s been the turning point. Ever since then I’ve felt really good.”

This season has been Dozier’s second in the league as he made his MLB debut last May for the Twins as a shortstop but was sent back down to the minors the following August. After transitioning to second base in the offseason, Dozier has been a mainstay in the lineup in 2013, hitting 9 home runs with 40 RBI and becoming the first Twins leadoff batter since Denard Span in 2009 to homer and drive in at least four runs in a game.

While the Twins may be 48-60 and 4th in the AL Central, they may have a rising star at second base.

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