7/7/2013 5:30 P.M. ET
'Letting it fly,' Dozier turns around slow start
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
TORONTO -- After a slow start to the season offensively, second baseman Brian Dozier has turned it around at the plate.
Dozier entered June hitting just .214 with two homers, three doubles and 13 RBIs in 41 games but has been swinging a hot bat since then. Dozier is batting .272 with six homers, seven doubles and 20 RBIs in 33 games since the calendar turned to June.
It has raised his batting average to .237 on the year, and with a three-run homer Saturday, his eight homers are tied for third on the team with Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit and Chris Parmelee.
"He's just letting it fly," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Like we told him way back, 'Quit worrying about where the ball is going and just swing. You have to find your way here.' We're always trying to see if a guy will work out and how he'll do, and the first thing that happens is that you have to trust your ability and do what got you here.
"He was worried about things like popping up, and we just told him to swing and let it fly, and that's what he's doing, so it's a lot more fun watching him."
Banged-up Arcia held out of starting lineup
TORONTO -- Oswaldo Arcia was held out of the lineup against the Blue Jays on Sunday for precautionary reasons after being hit by a pitch on his right hand in Saturday's 6-0 win.
Arcia was struck by a 78-mph knuckleball from R.A. Dickey on his hand in the sixth inning and ended up leaving the game in the seventh. But X-rays came back negative on Arcia's hand, and the injury was diagnosed as just a bruise.
Arcia is also dealing with some knee soreness, so Twins manager Ron Gardenhire felt it was a good day to keep Arcia out of the starting lineup, considering he had been in there every day since he was called up June 11.
"He's OK," Gardenhire said. "His hand is a little sore. So he's available to play. His knee is also a little sore. I think he did that at home while trying to go to second but stumbled when they threw the ball away. But he's OK. I just told him he'll be with me today, but he's available."
Clete Thomas made the start in left field in Arcia's absence. It marked just the second start in left field for Thomas this season.
Diamond-Doumit battery working well in '13
TORONTO -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is not ready to say that Ryan Doumit is Scott Diamond's personal catcher, but he acknowledges the two have worked well together.
Doumit got the start behind the plate against the Blue Jays on Sunday with Diamond on the mound. Joe Mauer was moved over to first base, with Justin Morneau serving as designated hitter.
Entering Sunday, Doumit had caught 10 of Diamond's starts with Diamond posting a 4.82 ERA, while Mauer caught just five of Diamond's starts with a 5.93 ERA. But over Diamond's career, both catchers' numbers are similar, with a 4.31 ERA in 18 starts with Doumit catching and a 4.33 ERA in 22 outings with Mauer.
"I've got all the paperwork detailing all that, and I think either one of my catchers works well with him," Gardenhire said. "I don't want to say it's a perfect match, but it's worked out a couple times, so we'll see. More than anything, Morneau was going to DH today, so I put Joe at first to keep him from bending and squatting. We also like Doumit behind the plate with his bat. And the matchup goes into play, too."