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Dozier, Buxton earn Gold Glove awards

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) makes a catch off of a ball against New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier Tuesday, Oct. 3, during the second inning of the 2017 American League wildcard playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports1 / 3
Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar is congratulated by manager Paul Molitor during the second inning Thursday, Aug. 31, against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Jeffrey Becker / USA TODAY Sports2 / 3
Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier fields a ground ball in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Target Field in Minneapolis on Aug. 3, 2017. Jesse Johnson / USA TODAY Sports3 / 3

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins announced that center fielder Byron Buxton and second baseman Brian Dozier have been named Gold Glove winners.

This marks the first time that either player has earned the award.

Buxton, 23, played 137 games in centerfield this season, committing just five errors with six outfield assists in 400 total chances.

Dozier, 30, played in 152 games this season, committing just five errors at second base in 674 total chances.

Molitor finalist for managerial honor

A month after returning the Twins to the playoffs and signing a three-year extension to remain with the team, St. Paul native Paul Molitor is one of three finalists for the American League Manager of the Year award.

The nomination, which comes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, is Molitor's second in just three years as an MLB skipper. He was third in voting in 2015.

The winner of the award will be announced next Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona and the Houston Astros' A.J. Hinch joined Molitor as finalists.

Molitor, 61, earned the nomination after his Twins finished 85-77 with mostly the same roster as the 2016 team that lost 103 games.

Even after trading closer Brandon Kintzler at the deadline, Molitor guided his club to the second wild-card spot before they lost a single-elimination game against the New York Yankees. That put an end to the Twins' seven-year playoff drought.

"I'm not ready to stop working," he said last month after signing an extension. "I still feel driven. I still feel there's more to accomplish."

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