Another rough start for rookie Kyle Gibson wasn't the Twins' only loss Sunday.
Brian Dozier left Minnesota's 6-4, series-closing defeat at Seattle before the bottom of the sixth inning, citing pain in his lower back. He told reporters afterward he hopes to play when the Twins return home Tuesday, but manager Ron Gardenhire said they'd be careful with their starting second baseman.
"He'll get checked out," Gardenhire said. "We'll go day-to-day with it."
On a team that's now 45-57 and 6-4 since the All-Star break, Dozier has been one of Minnesota's brighter spots in this, his second major league season. While his batting average continues to hover around a pedestrian .230, his eye-turning defense and .994 fielding percentage have made the Twins' middle infield a difficult place for hitters to find gaps.
His bat was also solid during the six-game trip west Minnesota just concluded, a stretch in which he hit safely in every game.
Sunday, Dozier went 1-for-3 with a double before his...