Minnesota Twins: Dozier, Sano Lead Team Past Rangers in Series Win

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Apr 24, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) stands the warm up circle in the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 24, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) stands the warm up circle in the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Minnesota Twins: Afterthoughts. The thoughts and interesting stats from the previous games against the Texas Rangers.

With the help of two strong outings by Phil Hughes and Ervin Santana, the Minnesota Twins in a position to sweep the Texas Rangers.

In game one, Hughes was pitching his best game of the year. The Twins were down 2-0 heading into the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Kennys Vargas walked then Chris Gimenez walked. Eddie Rosario struck out leaving the inning up to Byron Buxton. He walked, loading the bases for Brian Dozier.

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Dozier doubled to left-center-field, clearing the bases and give the Twins a lead and eventual 3-2 victory.

In game two, Santana allowed just one run and the Twins scored seven runs in the fifth inning; an inning in which the Twins hit three singles, three doubles, and a solo home run.

The big fifth inning propelled the Twins to an 8-1 win.

The final game of the series, a 14-3 loss, was reminiscent of the 2016 Twins.

Throughout the series, Dozier and Sano swung the most productive bats of anyone on the team.

Sano went 6-for-12 in the series while Dozier knocked in at least one RBI in each game.

Dozier, in addition to the three RBI from game one, knocked in five RBI in the series increasing his season total to eight.

Before the series, Sano was slashing .241/.413/.569. He is slashing .286/.432/.600 after hitting .500 against the Rangers.

The contributions from Dozier and Sano bode well for the Twins if it continues. Through most of the first month, both have provided the Twins with the necessary offense to remain competitive.

Next: Afterthoughts: Poor Pitching Leads to Series Loss

The Rangers series was yet another example of that.

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