Some quick notes following the Twins' 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay:
Dozier had a good day: Brian Dozier was 3-for-3 on Wednesday, with all hits up the middle. ``When you can use more of the field, especially deeper in the count, it's going to be advantageous for him to increase opportunities to get on base,'' Twins manger Paul Molitor said.
Dozier has belted 41 home runs over the last two seasons, making him a valuable middle infield masher. And it doesn't appear as if he wants to settle for being that.
``We all know he can hit a fastball,'' Molitor said. ``We all know he's got a little bit of pop. Just looking for ways for him to get to the next level. He's learning the strike zone. Now he is trying to figure out how to be better a little deeper in the count and cut down on some strikeouts and give yourself a chance.''
Dozier had three of the Twins' 10 hits on Wednesday.
Milone sharp: One thing that's impressive about Tommy Milone is that he's not afraid to pitch inside. And when you are throwing 88 miles an hour, you've got to be tough off the inside corner. Milone did it again and again on Wednesday and looks like the early leader in the race for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Herrmann a factor: Chris Herrmann has a real shot of making this team, either as the official backup catcher or as the second utility infielder. Herrmann started in left field on Wednesday and was solid there. He also belted a long home run to right. Sounds like Herrmann is going to start at first base on Thursday against Miami.
Thoughts on relievers: I think Blaine Boyer has a great shot at making the club. He keeps the ball down and on the corners, has n ice movement and has opened some eyes. Caleb Thielbar is not a lock for the Opening Day roster. He gave up a home run to Hak-Ju Lee on Wednesday and has given up runs in each of his last two outings.
On outfielders: I know there will be a ripple effect from this statement, but I'm throwing it out there anyway. As of today, Byron Buxton looks like a better player than Aaron Hicks.