MINNEAPOLIS After coming onto the scene strongly during his first month in the majors, Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier has come back to reality a bit.
The dazzling plays at shortstop he made in May have turned into misplays of routine grounders in July. His early tear at the plate -- he batted .279 with eight RBI and a pair of homers in his first 14 games -- has slowed down as well. He hit just .231 with five extra-base hits and seven RBI in 25 games in June.
It's all been a learning process for the 25-year-old Dozier, who the Twins are still hoping can be their answer as an everyday shortstop. He showed flashes this weekend, hitting his fourth home run of the season on Saturday against Oakland and picking up a pair of hits in Sunday's series finale.
Defensively, though, there are things that manager Ron Gardenhire would like to see Dozier improve on.
"He's had his moments where he's OK. I still think he gets sloppy with his glove a little bit too much," Gardenhire said ...