VIDEO: Watch rookie James McCann get his first career HR, an inside-the-park job
Miguel Cabrera hit three balls a ton on Wednesday and came away with two home runs and a double — forcing him to do a lot of jogging and very little hard running.
So he was well within his rights to tease rookie catcher James McCann, who had to go all-out to get his first career home run Wednesday at Target Field.
With the Tigers trailing by two, 7-5, after Cabrera's first homer, McCann stepped to the plate in the sixth inning. He laced a shot to dead center field that got over the head of Twins center fielder Jordan Schafer, and took a big carom off the outfield wall toward right field.
Nick Castellanos scored ahead of McCann, who chugged around the bases and scored just ahead of the throw.
"I've never run that far in a baseball game before," McCann told reporters after the game, including the Detroit News' Chris McCosky.
According to STATS, LLC, he's the first Tigers hitter to record his first career home run on an inside-the-park homer since pitcher Frank Lary on April 17, 1956, against the Athletics. The last Tigers catcher with an inside-the-park homer was Mike Heath in 1986.
Watch McCann's play below: