Brian Dozier outdid himself with 3 more homers in another Twins loss


Sure, it's more of the same. Dozier homered and the Twins lost.

But what made Monday's game remarkable was that there was more of it – three home runs by Brian Dozier in a single game, giving him six in his last four games and 38 for the season.

Dozier opened the game with a homer. His second one landed in the second deck and the third was on the top shelf, completing a triple-decker feast.

Much of the Labor Day crowd at Target Field missed Dozier's eighth inning blast because it came during garbage time of another Twins loss – this one 11-5 to the Kansas City Royals.

Those who stayed got a curtain call from their second baseman, who emerged from the dugout to tip his cap. Dozier told the Associated Press it was "kind of awkward" to take a bow during a blowout loss but said manager Paul Molitor encouraged him to make the appearance out of respect for the fans.

CBS Sports notes the Twins are on pace to finish with a 60-102 record, which would be their worst season since 1982.

Dozier, however, caught fire when the calendar turned to June and has recently gotten even hotter. After struggling in April and May, he's hitting .312 since June 1 with 30 home runs in those 86 games.

Dozier's post-All Star break home run total is the most by any Twin not named Harmon Killebrew (who topped 23 three times).

His 38 homers are the most in a season for a Twin since Killebrew hit 41 in 1970.

During Monday's game the team's communications man, Dustin Morse, was hearing from former Twins rooting on Dozier:

In what is a lost season for the Twins, Dozier is giving fans a reason to keep watching.

That may be especially true during this Kansas City series.

Not only has Dozier homered in four straight games, he has particularly feasted on Royals pitching. His 10 "doziers" against Kansas City are already more than any player has hit against them in a single season.

The Twins face the Royals Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Target Field and travel to K.C. for a three-game series later this month.

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