"I don't worry about him leading off," Gardenhire said. "He's going to go up there and give you effort. He learned a lot last year. He took some lumps and I'm sure he'll take some this year, but he doesn't have any fear."
Gardenhire has also liked the way Dozier has adjusted to moving to second base after playing mostly shortstop in the Minors. He's made just one error this season and has showed good range, especially on balls hit to his left.
"He likes playing second base and you can sense that," Gardenhire said. "He's moving really well over there. He's confident over there. He's playing decent baseball for us."
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