Game 28: Dozier set to make Major League debut

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins get another crack at Angels ace Jered Weaver tonight after he thew a no-hitter against them on Wednesday in Anaheim.

Weaver is looking to make history, as Johnny Vander Meer remains the only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters and that came all the way back in 1938.

He’ll see a new face in the lineup, however, as the Twins recalled shortstop Brian Dozier from Triple-A Rochester. He’s set to make his Major League debut at shortstop, and is the second hitter in the lineup.

Dozier, who hit .276/.339/.371 with a homer and seven doubles in 28 games in Triple-A, said he’s excited about making his debut.

“I’ve been dreaming about it for 20-something years now,” Dozier said.

Josh Willingham is also out of the lineup tonight. More to come.

Angels (12-17)
1. Maicer Izturis, SS
2. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Mark Trumbo, DH
6. Howard Kendrick, 2B
7. Vernon Wells, LF
8. Chris Iannetta, C
9. Peter Bourjos, CF

RHP Jered Weaver (4-0, 1.61 ERA, 1.99 FIP, 44 2/3 IP, 45 K, 7 BB, 2 HR)

Twins (7-20)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Brian Dozier, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Ryan Doumit, DH
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe, RF
8. Erik Komatsu, LF
9. Jamey Carroll, 2B

LHP Francisco Liriano (0-4, 9.97 ERA, 6.47 FIP, 21 2/3 IP, 17 K, 16 BB, 5 HR)

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