CHICAGO -- Brian Dozier extended his hitting streak to 11 games, matching a career high, and set a Twins record with a double in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 9-6 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.Dozier, who's having a great month of June, now has an extra-base
CHICAGO -- Brian Dozier extended his hitting streak to 11 games, matching a career high, and set a Twins record with a double in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 9-6 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Dozier, who's having a great month of June, now has an extra-base hit in 10 straight games to set the franchise mark. He was stranded at second after hitting the one-out double off White Sox right-hander James Shields, but his bat continues to sizzle.
"To be honest, I could really care less," Dozier said of the record. "It came in a good situation, where we could try to score another run with two outs, but we didn't win the game. I don't care how many extra-base hits we get."
Hitting cleanup with Miguel Sano on a Minor League rehab assignment, Dozier is hammering the ball. During his hitting streak, he's batting .442 with four doubles, two triples, five home runs and 11 RBIs. He's also reached base safely in 21 straight games, hitting .397 during that span.
"He went through a fairly long period where he was trying to pry himself into getting back on track and play the way we've seen him during previous periods of his career up here," manager Paul Molitor said on Tuesday, after Dozier homered twice in a 4-0 win. "He put in a lot of time. We talked a lot about trying to use the whole field a little bit more, but I just think that he's slowing himself down and getting a better look at the baseball. He's executing plans a little bit better, and when he gets mistakes, he's taking advantage."
That has especially been the case in June, when he's hit .363 with nine doubles, seven home runs and 19 RBIs.
"We always have this weird cliche saying, 'Remember how you did it,'" Dozier said. "For me, you try to remember when you're going well, remember how you feel and how comfortable you are in the box, the mental part of it, that kind of thing. That's kind of how I'm feeling right now."
Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.