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Juan Miranda has big league power. He also has a man making $180 million blocking the way at his position with the Yankees. But for at least one night, Miranda got to show it off, slugging the first home run of his Major League career in the eighth inning Friday off Tampa Bay’s Dale Thayer.
The blast was of the tape-measure variety, estimated by the Rays media relations crew at 460 feet — making it the longest at Tropicana Field this season. HitTrackerOnline.com, which measures such things, actually places Miranda’s shot at 469 feet. That still makes it indeed the longest hit by anyone at the Trop in ’09, and also the Yankees’ longest of the season.
Robinson Cano had New York’s second-longest on June 29, a 451-foot shot, also at the Trop.
The Yankees now have hit 242 homers this season, tying a franchise mark set in 2004 with two games remaining.