Miggy mashes monster shot to second deck at Target

Statcast projects drive at 465 feet; slugger adds 418-foot two-run shot

Miggy mashes monster shot to second deck at Target

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit a pair of home runs Wednesday afternoon at Target Field that people are going to remember for a while.

Leading off the top of the sixth inning, Cabrera greeted Twins reliever Tim Stauffer with a blast that reached the second deck above the bullpens in left-center field. Cabrera's fourth home run of the year, on a 2-1 slider, was projected by Statcast to have traveled 465 feet.

"I can't think of a farther one that we've seen this year," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after the 10-7 win. When told the ballpark projection was 432 feet, he added, "I think they short-changed him."

The longest home run in Target Field's five-plus seasons came in 2011, when Jim Thome hit one to right-center estimated at 490 feet.

Cabrera drilled another deep homer in the ninth, a 418-foot two-run drive to straightaway center off reliever Casey Fien that short-hopped the batter's eye.

"[Cabrera's] a special player," said Tigers rookie catcher James McCann, who hit his first career homer, an inside-the-park shot. "Once in 125 years. You look back at the history of the game and not many guys except one who can match his numbers to this point of his career and that's Hank Aaron.

"To be able sit there and watch him go through his routine day in and day out and then see the success he has on the field -- for a young player, words can't describe what you learn from that."

Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.