"He knows how to play," Gardenhire said. "He knows how to work counts. He's swinging real well. He goes out and does his work and prepares to play like he's going to start every day, and then you put him out there and you don't miss a beat with him."
Dozier, meanwhile, was given a mental break as he's hitting just .103 (3-for-29) with 10 strikeouts and a walk over his last eight games. Dozier spent extra time working with hitting coach Tom Brunansky to fix his swing mechanics to keep him from hitting fly balls.
"He's working on his swing," Gardenhire said. "We know he's been playing great defense, but Bruno was working with him yesterday on an adjustment. He's been hitting the ball in the air too much."
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