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TWINS: Thome's 596th a home run of jaw-dropping beauty

Published 07/18/2011, St. Paul Pioneer Press / MCT

The homer topped another astonishing shot hit by slugger Jim Thome last season, a rocket off the flagpole in Target Field's right field plaza that the team estimated at 480 feet. But after Sunday's game, Thome didn't want to talk about the distance of his home run. He preferred, as usual, to focus on its weight.

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