MINNEAPOLIS -- Terry Ryan saw this coming. The timing of it, however, was not as he envisioned it.
The Twins' general manager knew Brian Dozier could be a solid big league player. That's what Dozier has turned out to be in 2013, his first full year at second base for Minnesota.
Ryan, however, expected it to have happened one year ago. That wasn't the case, as Dozier struggled in his first season in the minor leagues and wasn't brought back up as a September call-up at the end of the year.
"I was a little surprised at that and I was a little disappointed in myself. Maybe I pushed him too hard," Ryan said. "But now things are starting to come together."
Indeed, Dozier has become one of Minnesota's best players in just his second season in the majors. Prior to Wednesday's game against Cleveland, Dozier had a 3.1 WAR (wins above replacement), which was second among all Twins players behind catcher Joe Mauer (4.6). Dozier's 3.1 WAR was tied for sixth among American League second base...