Brian Dozier mashed his 42nd tater of an otherwise putrid Twins season this afternoon at Target Field in Minnesota against the Detroit Tigers, and put his name down in the American League record books. Dozier now has 40 home runs as a second baseman—two of his home runs came as a designated hitter—breaking Alfonso Soriano's record of 39 in a season from 2002. The Major League record is 42, so he needs to hit three more by the end of the season to surpass Davey Johnson and Rogers Hornsby for the all-time record.
Unfortunately, roughly six people saw Dozier's historic moment. The Twins are playing the first game of a double header because last night's game against Detroit was postponed due to heavy rain. The Minnesota faithful did not quite come out in droves. It's hard to blame anyone for deciding against playing hooky to go watch this Minnesota team, though. Entering today's game, the Twins are 55-96, 33 games out of first place in the Central division and a slightly more optimistic 26.5 games out of the Wild Card.
The Twins and Tigers are currently tied at 1-1.