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Brian Dozier doubles down on unwritten rule enforcement

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On Sunday, the Twins took offense when Orioles catcher Chance Sisco laid down a bunt while the O’s trailed 7-0. Twins starter Jose Berrios was working on a one-hit shutout and wound up finishing with a three-hit shutout. Still a pretty good day if you’re involved with the Twins in any capacity.

After the game, several Twins expressed their displeasure with Sisco’s choice to bunt. Second baseman Brian Dozier was among them, saying, “Obviously, we’re not a fan of it. He’s a young kid. I could’ve said something at second base but they have tremendous veteran leadership over there. I’m sure they’ll address that. It’s all about learning. You learn up here.”

It’s an interesting argument since the Twins were heavily shifting Sisco to the right side. According to the Twins, it’s totally fine to play non-standard defense, but it’s not fine to have non-standard offensive strategy that’s in direct response to that defense.

Dozier doubled down, sticking to enforcement of questionable unwritten rules. Via Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dozier said, “When they didn’t hold our runner on [in the top of the ninth inning], they conceded to the fact they didn’t want us to steal, so we didn’t steal. We could have very easily stolen and put up more runs, so therefore in return you don’t bunt. That’s what everybody is missing in this whole thing.”

He added, “Everyone just thinks, ‘He’s whining because they bunted against the shift.’ That’s how baseball is played. That’s just how the game is played. That’s just how it is.”

Dozier made assumptions about the Orioles’ behavior, then got upset when his expectations weren’t met. Which is totally his problem and not the Orioles’. A seven-run lead isn’t insurmountable. Sisco was simply doing his job, trying to get his team back in the game. It worked, as the Orioles loaded the bases with one out, but were unable to push any runs across before Berrios escaped.

As Craig wrote earlier, Dozier is just being a fuddy duddy. Carry on.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.