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Royals' Hunter Dozier: Five hits in win
Dozier went 5-for-5 with a double, an RBI and four runs scored in Friday's 14-10 win over the Rockies.
Dozier enjoyed the series opener in Colorado, turning in his best game of the year at the dish. The impressive showing at the plate lifted his batting average 37 points from .240 to .277, and it was a good bounce-back effort after going 0-for-7 in his last two contests. The 30-year-old has added a .789 OPS with three home runs, eight RBI, 14 runs scored, six doubles, two triples and a stolen base through 28 games overall.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Notches steal Thursday
Dozier went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.
The Royals' offense struggled to get much going with no extra-base hits in the contest. The steal was Dozier's first of the season in his second attempt. He's never stolen more than five bases or made nine attempts in a campaign. The utility man is hitting .233 with one RBI, four runs scored, two doubles and a triple through 10 games in May.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Double, two runs in loss
Dozier went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Rangers.
Dozier was the only Royal to reach base multiple times in this contest. It was also his second multi-hit effort in his last three games. The 30-year-old lifted his slash line to .258/.298/.461 with three home runs, seven RBI, 10 runs scored, five doubles and two triples in 25 contests. Injuries to Edward Olivares (quadriceps) and Carlos Santana (ankle) have opened up playing time for Dozier at both first base and in right field, so he should be a fairly regular presence in the lineup going forward.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Remains out of lineup
Dozier isn't starting Wednesday against St. Louis.
Dozier has gone just 3-for-15 with a double, a run and four strikeouts over the last five games. Following a hot start to the season, the 30-year-old will be out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games. Salvador Perez will serve as the designated hitter while MJ Melendez starts behind the dish.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Sitting out Tuesday
Dozier is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
He'll sit for the second time in three games as the Royals clear a spot in the lineup at designated hitter for recent call-up MJ Melendez, who will make his MLB debut Tuesday. Dozier still looks to be fairly secure in a regular role, but his underwhelming .680 OPS on the season may put him at risk of losing out on at-bats if he's unable to show dramatic improvement in his subsequent starts.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Resting for series finale
Dozier is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees.
The Royals are giving Salvador Perez a day off from behind the plate to serve as the designated hitter, so Dozier will head to the bench for the series finale against the Yankees. Dozier closed the first month of the season with a 2-for-4 effort in Saturday's 3-0 win, bringing his batting average up to .242.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Not in Thursday's lineup
Dozier will sit Thursday against the White Sox, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Dozier has crushed the ball to the tune of a 19.0 percent barrel rate this season, though a lack of walks and a few too many whiffs have limited him to a merely good .241/.279/.466 slash line (117 wRC+). He'll get a rest Thursday, with Salvador Perez serving as the designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Hits game-tying homer
Dozier went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a 5-4 loss Sunday in Seattle.
Dozier hit a one-out solo shot off Drew Steckenrider to tie the game 3-3 in the ninth inning. The right fielder is off to a solid start with a .817 OPS, hitting for power and average. In 52 plate appearances to start the season, however, he has not walked. The 30-year-old has walked at a league average rate (8.5 percent) over his career and if he's able to regain that, he may put up his best numbers since 2019.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Goes yard in win
Dozier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Twins.
Dozier put the Royals ahead for the first time in the bottom of the sixth inning. The 30-year-old slugger made the start at first base with Carlos Santana (undisclosed) out, and he'll likely continue to fill in there as long as the latter is sidelined. For the season, Dozier has two homers, one triple, four RBI, four runs scored and a .290/.313/.548 slash line in 32 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Slugs game-winning homer
Dozier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Tigers.
His sixth-inning blast off Will Vest broke open a 1-1 tie, giving Dozier his first homer of the season. The 30-year-old has been making consistent contact to begin the year, slashing .296/.321/.481 with only four strikeouts in 27 at-bats -- a big improvement on the .219/.300/.394 line and 27.7 percent strikeout rate he posted over the last two seasons, if he can keep it up.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Three hits in loss
Dozier went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Tigers.
Dozier was the only Royal to record multiple hits in the contest. He hit a one-out triple in the fourth inning and came around to score on a Michael Taylor single to get the Royals on the board. Prior to Thursday, Dozier had gone just 3-for-15 with an RBI and a run scored this season. The veteran utility man has settled in as the primary designated hitter this season, and he typically hits sixth in the order. Dozier will also occasionally spell Carlos Santana at first base.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Not starting Tuesday
Dozier is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Dozier started the first four games of the year, grabbing four hits. Salvador Perez will rest his legs as the designated hitter Tuesday, with Cam Gallagher starting behind the plate.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Raking in spring training
Dozier is batting .467 (14-for-30) with a triple, two doubles, five RBI and two runs scored through 10 Cactus League games.
The expected addition of Bobby Witt at third base blocks another path to regular playing time for Dozier, but he's still expected to be a near everyday option as the designated hitter. Dozier can also fill in for Carlos Santana at first base, but he's unlikely to get as much playing time in the corner outfield spots as he has in previous years. After a mediocre 2021 that saw Dozier hit .216/.285/.394 with 16 home runs, 54 RBI, 55 runs scored and five stolen bases in 543 games, he'll need to carry his momentum from spring into the regular season to maintain his place in the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Knocks 16th homer
Dozier went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Friday's 11-6 win over the Twins.
Dozier knocked an RBI single in the third inning and followed it up with a solo shot in the fifth. He singled again and swiped second base in the sixth. The 30-year-old improved his season slash line to .218/.287/.399 with 49 extra-base hits, 55 runs scored and five steals.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Steals base in win
Dozier went 1-for-3 with a stolen base in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Cleveland.
The 30-year-old is now 4-for-8 in stolen-base attempts this season. It's been a rough year for Dozier, who has a .213/.283/.388 slash line with 15 home runs, 50 RBI and 52 runs scored through 523 plate appearances. It's beginning to look like his strong 2019 campaign may be an outlier, as it's the only time he's batted north of .230 or slugged better than .400 in his five seasons.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Cranks 15th homer
Dozier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.
Dozier got the Royals on the board in the seventh inning by taking Cal Quantrill deep with a 399-foot shot. The long ball was his 15th of the year and his second in as many days. The 30-year-old has been quietly heating up as of late, raising his season slash line to .214/.285/.388.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Swats 14th homer
Dozier went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in the first game of Monday's doubleheader against Cleveland.
He got the scoring started for the Royals in a 7-2 victory by taking Triston McKenzie deep in the second inning for a two-run shot. Dozier has been flexing his muscles lately -- over his last 12 games including the nightcap Monday, he's slashing .342/.381/.789 with five doubles and four of his 14 homers on the season.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Homers in loss
Dozier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Mariners.
Dozier's solo shot off Drew Steckenrider in the seventh inning was his 13th of the year. It was his only hit of the night and his third home run over the last eight games. The 29-year-old has posted a meager .209/.280/.375 slash line with 13 homers, 44 RBI, 49 runs scored, three steals and a 39:141 BB:K. Dozier is currently sitting at a 28.8 strikeout rate, which would be the highest mark of his career over a full season.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Launches 12th homer
Dozier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 10-7 win over Oakland.
The 30-year-old contributed to Kansas City's comeback effort with his fourth-inning blast. Dozier hasn't found much success in September, batting .242 with two homers, six RBI and four runs scored across his last 12 games. He should still be able to log regular time in right field or as the designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-4, 220 lbs|
|Birthplace: Wichita Falls, TX|
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