MINNEAPOLIS Twins shortstop Brian Dozier played well enough in spring training to perhaps warrant a shot at the majors out of camp. Still, he said before spring was over that he expected to start the year in the minor leagues.
That's exactly how it played out. But when Dozier was assigned to Triple-A Rochester to start the season, he used that as motivation instead of getting down about it. He got off to a quick start to the 2012 season and, despite cooling down in recent weeks, finally got his call to the majors after batting .276 with 12 RBI in 28 games.
Dozier debuted Monday in the Twins' 8-3 loss to the Angels as Minnesota's shortstop and No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Talking to reporters before the game, Dozier couldn't hide his excitement.
"It's something every kid dreams about all their life. I've been dreaming about it for 20-something years now," Dozier said. "It was very emotional for me when I did get called up. I've had a couple days to soak it in so far and everything...