Hughes becomes fifth Twin to homer in first at bat
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The Austrailian-born Hughes hit 55 home runs in his minor league career, including 30 combined over the last two-plus seasons at class-AA and AAA. He was called up to replace Nick Punto, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list last weekend with a strained groin/hip.
The last Twins hitter to hit a home run in his first major league at bat was Andre David, who did it at Tiger Stadium in Detroit on June 29, 1984 against Jack Morris. Interestingly enough, David never hit another home run in the major leagues.
Other Twins hitters to rip a home run in their first major league at bats:
- Rick Renick off Detroit Tigers pitcher Mickey Lolich, July 11, 1968 at Metropolitan Stadium.
- Dave McKay off Detroit Tigers pitcher Vern Ruhle, August 22, 1975 at Metropolitan Stadium.
- Gary Gaetti off Texas Rangers pitcher Charlie Hough, September 20, 1981 at Arlington Stadium.