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Updated: April 28th, 2010 7:00pm
Hughes becomes fifth Twin to homer in first at bat

Hughes becomes fifth Twin to homer in first at bat

by Phil Mackey
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Luke Hughes, who is making his major league debut tonight as the Twins' starting third baseman, just hit a home run in his first career at bat -- a line drive over the right field fence off Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer at Comerica Park to put the Twins up 3-1 in the third inning.

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.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Luke Hughes, Nick Punto