02 Jun

good glovin’

The Minnesota Twins turned their first triple play in 11 years on Thursday, a sweet around-the-horn job with second baseman Brian Dozier in the middle of it. The former Southern Miss standout also made a diving stop to his left to save a run in the first inning of the first-place Twins’ 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels. Dozier’s hitting exploits of the last couple of years have overshadowed the fact that he is a pretty good defensive second baseman. He has just two errors in 46 games this season – good for a .991 fielding percentage — and has been involved in 29 double plays, plus the one TP. After an 0-for-5 on Thursday, Dozier’s batting average dipped to .242. He has eight homers, 22 RBIs and eight steals, but as he demonstrated against the Angels, he makes major contributions on the glove side, as well. For the record, he had a better fielding percentage, fewer errors and more DPs in 2016 than American League Gold Glove winner Ian Kinsler.

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