Dozier leaves with sore lower back

Created: 06/11/2014 5:48 PM

TORONTO (AP) - Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning with a sore lower back and was replaced by Eduardo Escobar.

Dozier came in batting .245 with a team-high 14 home runs and 33 RBIs. He collided with shortstop Eduardo Nunez while chasing Erik Kratz's bloop double to shallow center in the second inning.

Before his departure, Dozier had played every inning of every game this season.

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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) safely steals second base as Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) bobbles the throw from home plate during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, June 8, 2014.
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