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Watch Miguel Sano's massive home run that wasn't

Twins rookie sensation Miguel Sano banged what looked like a massive home run against Tampa Bay on Thursday night, a ball that appeared to be headed way, way beyond the wall in left-center field ...

... until it crashed into a catwalk that encircles the field.

"I didn't think a human being could hit a baseball that far!" announcer Dick Bremer exclaimed.

Here's what it looked like:

Sano didn't score after Trevor Plouffe flied out to end the fourth inning and the Twins ended up losing by one run, 5-4, to the Rays to end a six-game winning streak.

Tropicana Park ground rules state that a ball that hits the stadium's middle catwalk are in play, the assumption being that most balls hit that high aren't going to go as far as Sano's was headed -- well over 400 feet, according to people who watch more Tampa Bay games than we do.

"I'm sure that over time they have concluded that the ground rules that are in place are best suited for the facility they have,'' manager Paul Molitor told La Velle E. Neal III after the game.

And Twins fans who are steaming at the injustice should probably keep in mind these three words: "Remember the Metrodome." More than once, the Twins were aided by the quirks of their former indoor home.

Here's a bit more from La Velle on that issue.

So enjoy the majesty of what should have been and try to decide how far that ball would have gone if it had been hit at Target Field. Nordeast, maybe?

Watch Vikings play Packers in new stadium, courtesy of 'Madden 16'

The Vikings’ new stadium won’t be hosting its first game until next fall, but owners of the new edition of a popular football video game can get a virtual tour. “Madden 16” -- to be released on Aug. 25 but playable now by those with an Xbox One and subscription to EA Access -- allows gamers to play inside U.S. Bank Stadium in certain modes. A video released shows the Vikings playing the Packers in a sparkling new setting.

The future site of Super Bowl LII features a multi-faceted, sloped roof and giant moveable windows on its side, all visible in the game.

The Vikings are playing their final season at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium this fall.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Saints at Kansas City

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Houston at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    4pm

  • Vikings at Dallas

    6pm on 100.3/1130

  • Houston at Twins

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Kansas City

    7:05pm on 105.1-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Houston at Twins

    1:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Phoenix at Lynx

    6pm on ESPN2, 106.1-FM

  • Saints at Kansas City

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Indy at Minnesota United FC

    7pm on Ch. 45

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    12:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Vikings at Tennessee

    7pm on 100.3/1130

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

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    6:35 PM

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    7:10 PM

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