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Brian Dozier extends hitting streak to 23 games

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Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit a one-out single in the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays, extending his hitting streak to 23 games, dating back to last season.

As MLB.com’s Joey Johnston notes, Dozier has hit safely in all 16 of the Twins’ games to start the season, setting a club record. The previous record was held by Kirby Puckett (1994) and Josh Willingham (2012), who hit safely in the Twins’ first 15 games.

Dozier, 30, entered the afternoon batting .303/.370/.545 with four home runs, seven RBI, and 14 runs scored in 73 plate appearances.

Curtis Granderson chipped his tooth sliding into second base

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Brewers outfielder Curtis Granderson got his first hit of the postseason on Wednesday night in the top of the ninth inning of NLCS Game 5. Facing Ryan Madson with a runner on third base and two outs, Granderson laced a 3-2 fastball to the gap in right-center field. Granderson hustled into second base to beat the throw by Yasiel Puig. He slid head-first and his helmet slid off in the process. The helmet, unfortunately, bounced off the second base bag back towards Granderson’s face, hitting him in the mouth and chipping his front tooth.

To his credit, Granderson is taking the accident in stride:

At least Granderson doesn’t play hockey for a living.