Dozier finding his groove at the plate

Dozier finding his groove at the plate

Dozier finding his groove at the plate
CLEVELAND -- Rookie shortstop Brian Dozier said he's starting to feel better at the plate after falling into a slump over the last two weeks.

Dozier, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Rochester on May 5, got off to a hot start, hitting .298 with a .327 on-base percentage and .489 slugging percentage in his first 11 games but then hit just .146/.159/.171 over his next 11.

But Dozier has picked up RBI singles in each of his last two games, and doesn't think his slump was the result of pitchers making adjustments on him.

"Absolutely not," Dozier said. "It's the exact same thing. I'm just putting myself into a hole by missing fastballs. I don't know if I've let a few things get to me early on. But I think from an overall standpoint, I'm trying to do too much. That's what gets me in trouble. But these last couple games I've hit the ball hard. So I think I'm back where I need to be."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Dozier is simply adapting to life in the big leagues, as the pitchers are tougher and there's more of a spotlight because of the constant media attention.

"It's all part of it," Gardenhire said. "Pitchers are definitely trying different things against him and that's normal. He'll tell you he's missing fastballs, but there's probably a reason he's missing those fastballs. He's thinking about different things. They're setting him up a little differently."