Former Southern Miss baseball star Brian Dozier set a new American League record Thursday with his 42nd home run of the season for the Minnesota Twins.
Dozier established a new single-season A.L. mark for home runs by a second baseman, hitting his 40th. His other two home runs this year have come while he was a designated hitter.
Dozier hit the home run while leading off the bottom of the first against Anibal Sanchez of the Detroit Tigers in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon.
He passes the 2002 mark of 39 home runs set by former New York Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano.
Dozier is now two home runs away from tying the major league record of 42 for a second baseman. The record is held by St. Louis Cardinals legend Rogers Hornsby and Davey Johnson, who did it with the Atlanta Braves in 1973.
Dozier is one homer off the Major League lead. Baltimore's Mark Trumbo has 43 and Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays has 42.
Dozier, a native of Fulton, also extended his hitting streak to 24 games on Thursday.
Dozier, who finished 1-for-4 with an RBI Thursday, is batting .281 with 42 homers with 99 RBIs.
MLB HR single-season leaders for 2nd basemen
1. Rogers Hornsby, Cardinals - 42
1. Dave Johnson, Braves - 42
3. Brian Dozier, Twins - 40
3. Ryne Sandberg, Cubs - 40