4:10 PM ET, July 13, 2014
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Next up, the real thing -- in his home park.
Dozier had his first career multihomer game to get cranked up for the derby, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Rockies 13-5 on Sunday.
"A little momentum going into it," the second baseman said of Monday's contest.
At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Dozier doesn't exactly consider himself a basher of the baseball. But he lined a solo homer in the eighth off Adam Ottavino and added a three-run shot an inning later when Brooks Brown served him a 94 mph fastball.
Dozier is hoping he can carry that swing over to the contest. His brother is even flying in pitch to him.
"It's going to be fun," said Dozier, who has 18 homers this season.
However, he's not so sure he will receive the biggest ovation at the contest even though it's at Target Field. He thinks the return of Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who came up with the Twins, will draw quite a few roars, too. Morneau also was picked to participate in the derby.
"That's going to be really exciting," Dozier said.
The run support turned out to be enough for Phil Hughes (10-5), who picked up his 10th win despite allowing five runs and 10 hits in five innings. It was his first appearance at Coors Field.
"Didn't like it very much," Hughes joked of the hitter-friendly park. "I didn't have my best stuff or command or anything really going today."
Neither did Brett Anderson (0-3). He was rusty in his first outing since April. He allowed six runs -- five earned -- in five innings. The lefty had been sidelined since breaking his left index finger April 12 while batting.
"My stuff was terrible, pretty much," Anderson said. "I'll put this one behind me. I feel good about staying healthy and go to my next one."
Minnesota finished a seven-game road swing with a 5-2 record and heads into the All-Star break trailing the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers by 10 1/2 games. Dozier thinks the team is in a good spot heading into the second half, especially considering the Twins begin with a 10-game homestand.
"We knew coming into this series, or this whole road trip, not really make-or-break, but a huge test what we're going to do after the break, whether buy or sell," Dozier said. "I want to try to do everything to contend.
"In all of our opinions, we think we're good enough."
Hughes was able to stave off the Rockies after being staked to an early lead. Colorado trimmed the deficit to 6-5 in Hughes' last inning, when Morneau scored on Corey Dickerson's groundout.
Sam Fuld provided some breathing room in the seventh when he brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Parmelee then added another run when he ran home on a passed ball.
Dozier increased the lead in the eighth with his homer that was just inside the foul pole in left. He then hit another an inning later, giving the Twins a season-high 18 hits.
"I think it's important to get a breather here," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It's the only time for six, seven months that we're able to do that. But when the second half starts, we need to play with a sense of urgency.
"I was hoping we could get this series going into the break. Didn't happen."
Dozier has 69 runs this season. The last Twins player to have more than 68 runs at the break was Rod Carew (70) in 1977. ... Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said INF Danny Santana (left knee) should be ready to return soon after the All-Star break. ... Gardenhire will use right-handers Kyle Gibson, Kevin Correia and Hughes in a three-game series against Tampa Bay beginning Friday. ... RHP Jordan Lyles (broken left hand) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Weiss said recent X-rays showed Lyles' hand "needed a little bit more time." Weiss also said Lyles was involved in a minor car accident Friday night and suffered some facial injuries.
DENVER, CO - JULY 13: Justin Morneau #33 of the Colorado Rockies hits an RBI single during the first inning as...(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||C Parmelee singled to center, K Morales and T Plouffe scored.||2||0|
|1st||E Escobar doubled to deep right center, C Parmelee and J Willingham scored.||4||0|
|1st||S Fuld singled to right, E Escobar scored.||5||0|
|1st||J Morneau singled to left, C Gonzalez scored.||5||1|
|1st||N Arenado doubled to deep left, J Morneau scored.||5||2|
|2nd||B Anderson sacrificed to second, W Rosario scored, D LeMahieu to third.||5||3|
|2nd||C Blackmon hit sacrifice fly to center, D LeMahieu scored.||5||4|
|5th||T Plouffe tripled to deep center, T Plouffe scored on throwing error by second baseman D LeMahieu.||6||4|
|5th||C Dickerson grounded out to shortstop, J Morneau scored, N Arenado to third.||6||5|
|7th||S Fuld hit sacrifice fly to center, T Plouffe scored, C Parmelee to third.||7||5|
|7th||C Parmelee scored, E Escobar to second on passed ball by W Rosario.||8||5|
|8th||B Dozier homered to left (368 feet).||9||5|
|9th||C Herrmann reached on infield single to second, E Escobar scored, S Fuld to second.||10||5|
|9th||B Dozier homered to left (377 feet), S Fuld and C Herrmann scored.||13||5|
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|Stadium||Coors Field, Denver, CO|
|Attendance||35,743 (70.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||79 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|
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