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