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Twins name Brian Dozier new starting shortstop

May 6, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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The Twins have just nine total hits in their last four games, which is among the worst stretches of offensive futility in Major League Baseball history.

So they’re going to make some changes.

According to Dustin Morse, the Twins’ director of baseball communications, manager Ron Gardenhire announced Sunday morning that Brian Dozier will be the team’s starting shortstop beginning Monday.

And Jamey Carroll will be demoted to the bench.

Carroll is batting just .206/.306/.237 in 112 plate appearances this season and owns a .699 career OPS. Dozier has a .276/.339/.371 slash line, one home run and 12 RBI in 119 plate appearances at Triple-A.

  1. Bryz - May 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Selling low on a player… that’s the Twins way.

  2. kmgannon - May 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    And the deck chairs on the Titanic have now been properly rearranged.

    • Ben - May 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      I’m starting to wonder if dragging deck chairs around constantly is what sank the Titanic–all those chairs scraping around probably wore through the hull.

  3. randomdigits - May 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I am sure that Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson are just about to start paying huge dividends for the Twins.

    • randomdigits - May 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Two home runs today so far.

  4. spudatx - May 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Um… what did I miss here? Dozier is promoted to starting SS and their 3B is going to ride the pines. With fear of sounding like a pair of stand-up comics, who’s on third?! I guess the way the Twins defense has been this season, it really doesn’t much matter if they stuck a post in the ground to man the base.

    • El Jefe - May 6, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Carol is their starting shortstop. Valencia is the 3B.

    • Ben - May 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      I think there was a ninja-edit of the original story, it originally mentioned Valencia being put on the bench, not Carroll.

  5. mikeincmn - May 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    They would probably be better off giving Carroll the third base job as Valencia has been pretty pathetic on both sides of the ball and Carroll has at least been good defensively and gotten on base at a decent clip.

    Whatever this franchise is a wreck so it really doesn’t matter.

  6. randygnyc - May 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    And the Valencia trade portion of this story has just……….evaporated?

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