BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL MINNEAPOLIS – Bert Blyleven stepped off the elevator in the Minnesota Twins press area and rolled it right off his tongue, not a stutter, not a doubt. Brian Dozier “could play in any era,” Blyleven said last week. That from a Hall of Fame pitcher, not long after the former […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal MINNEAPOLIS – Even in the spacious Mall of America, the largest mall in the country, Brian Dozier’s jerseys are tough to come across. Dozier has become a face of the Minnesota Twins franchise and his merchandise is in demand. “He’s got the Southern twang. All the ladies love that,” said […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL FULTON – Lynette Weatherford could not hold back a smile when asked about Brian Dozier. The Minnesota Twins second baseman may as well be one of her own. “He’s just like my third child,” the Fulton mayor said. “My son is between him and Clay (Dozier). Brian was always the […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal As Brian Dozier’s All-Star career with the Minnesota Twins has blossomed, it has done so under the watchful eye of another Northeast Mississippi native. Dozier, the former Itawamba AHS star, to this point has not needed shoulder or elbow surgery. If that changes he’ll likely trust his care to a […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL MINNEAPOLIS – Brian Dozier isn’t just exactly what the Minnesota Twins needed. He is exactly what Major League Baseball needed – a PED-free star role model. The Twins second baseman from Fulton is all of the above. “I think guys look to him for leadership,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. […]

Associated Press CHICAGO – Chris Coghlan hit two home runs, Anthony Rizzo also went deep, and the Cubs made it eight straight wins and 14 in their last 15 games with a 6-5 victory over the crosstown White Sox on Friday afternoon. The Cubs, coming off a 7-0 homestand, extended their longest win streak since […]

Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS – The Texas Rangers have been beset by injuries this year, particularly the pitching staff. Their team ERA is second-worst in the league. Scoring runs hasn’t been a problem. Mitch Moreland had four RBIs on a career-high four hits, including a two-run homer to help the Rangers stave off a sweep at […]

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco looked sharp in his team's preseason opener.

Associated Press BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco and backup quarterback Matt Schaub directed first-quarter touchdown drives, starting the Baltimore Ravens on their way to a 30-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night in a preseason opener. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was held out by coach Sean Payton. Brees participated in pregame drills […]

Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals starting right tackle Bobby Massie has been suspended for three games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The suspension, while not officially announced, has been appealed. Massie, who’s entering his fourth season in the NFL, started every game at right tackle for Arizona last season. The 2012 […]