Keeping Score

Former Southern Miss star Brian Dozier in Final 5 vote for A.L. All-Star Team

Former Southern Miss star and Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is among a group of five players that fans will get to vote on to decide the final spot on the American League All-Star Team.

Dozier has a chance to become the first All-Star from USM since former San Francisco Giant Jim Davenport made it in 1962.

Fans can vote at MLB's web site on the final All-Star roster spots for the American League and National League.

The other four members of American League Final Five are Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Detroit Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. 

Dozier is batting .260 this season with 16 homers, 26 doubles and 40 RBIs as a second baseman for the Minnesota Twins.

Former Mississippi State standout Jonathan Papelbon made the All-Star Game on the N.L. pitching staff. He has 14 saves for the Philadelphia Phillies this season.

Dozier leads the American League in extra-base hits this season with 45 and is tied for the league lead in runs scored with 62.

Twins manager Paul Molitor gave Dozier his full endorsement as an All-Star.

“I see him every day,” Molitor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I know what he’s meant to this team and I know the kind of year he’s having. He’s been an all-star for us, no doubt about that.”

Closer Glenn Perkins is the lone Twins player on the A.L. roster. He has 27 saves.

Dozier has shown improvement with each season in the majors after making his debut with the Twins in 2012.

Dozier was a standout at shortstop from USM, playing for the Golden Eagles from 2006-09. 

He had a .355 career batting average at USM. Dozier was named a Freshman All-American in 2006 and was an All-Conference USA selection.