Dozier (oblique) is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox. Doezier left Saturday's game with a sore oblique, which will keep him out Sunday as well. With Dozier sitting, Eduardo Escobar will start at second while Byron Buxton hits leadoff.
Dozier is out of the lineup Thursday against the Royals, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Thursday will mark just the second time that Dozier hasn't been in the lineup for the month of September. With Dozier out, Eduardo Escobar will start at second base while Jorge Polanco moves up to the leadoff spot.
Dozier hit his 40th home run of the season Monday, setting a new career high and helping the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Tigers. Dozier continues to hit bombs out of the leadoff spot for Minnesota, with 25 of his 40 homers coming while batting first in the order. The 40 homers are second in the majors only to Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo. While his 96 runs are impressive, one can't help but think Dozier might have even more than the 94 RBI has has if he were batting in the middle of the lineup.
Dozier hit his 39th home run, a solo blast, in a 1-for-4 game Tuesday against the Royals. Dozier now has an 11-game hitting streak, but more importantly, he has homered in five straight games, amassing seven total blasts and 10 RBI in those five games. Since his first multi-homer game of the season when he hit two on July 31, Dozier is hitting an absurd .338/.385/.854 with 22 home runs in just 36 games.
Dozier hit his 35th home run of the season and fifth in the last six games as part of a 3-for-6 day in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the White Sox. His 21 home runs after the All-Star break leads the majors, and only Josh Willingham and the legendary Harmon Killebrew have hit more homers in a season as a Twin than Dozier. His career year extends beyond his power display too, as the second baseman's .276 batting average, .348 OBP and 87 RBI are also personal bests with almost a month left to further pad those numbers.