Napoli HR travels to rare climes

BOSTON -- In batting practice, Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan has seen balls hit the back wall to the right of the camera well and above the tarped "batter's eye" in center field at Fenway Park. He's even seen balls clear the wall.

But in a game? "Never,'' Magadan said.

Until Sunday, when Rangers catcher Mike Napoli hit one there off Sox reliever Michael Bowden in the ninth inning of Boston's 11-4 loss to Texas. Three batters later, Ian Kinsler hit one off a parked car on the roof of the Lansdowne Street garage.

ESPN researchers said Napoli's ball traveled an estimated 446 feet, which almost seems conservative. Kinsler's ball was estimated at 424 feet.

The five longest home runs at Fenway Park this season, according to ESPN Stats and Information:

1. 450 feet, Robinson Cano, Yankees, April 9 (off Alfredo Aceves)

2. 449 feet, Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, July 22 (off Felix Hernandez)

3. 446 feet, Mike Napoli, Rangers, Sept. 4 (off Michael Bowden)

4. 437 feet, David Ortiz, Red Sox, Aug. 31 (off Phil Hughes)

5. 435 feet, Billy Butler, Royals, July 26 (off Andrew Miller)