MINNEAPOLIS Lost in the shuffle of Joe Mauer's four-hit night on Tuesday was the performance of the guy hitting ahead of him in the Twins' lineup.
Second baseman Brian Dozier led off against the Angels, his first career start as Minnesota's leadoff man. His 2-for-4 night was enough to convince manager Ron Gardenhire to put Dozier back in the leadoff spot for the second straight night Wednesday, before the game was canceled due to inclement weather.
"He wasn't overwhelmed by it at all," Gardenhire said of Dozier. "He's been swinging good lately. That's kind of why I put him there. He's been putting some swings on some balls. It's not always about the hits, it's about the quality at-bats, and he's been having those."
Dozier had a quality at-bat his first time to the plate, although it ended in the first out of the inning. He worked a 10-pitch at-bat against Angels starter Jason Vargas before flying out to center field.
In all, Dozier saw 29 pitches in his five plate appearances, ...