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Indians player twice hits a homer that was knocked over fence by outfielder

Detroit Tigers left fielder Mikie Mahtook knocked a ball over the fence, giving Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez a home run.
Detroit Tigers left fielder Mikie Mahtook knocked a ball over the fence, giving Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez a home run. The Associated Press

OK, this is weird. No, weird is not the right word. This is impossible.

Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez hit two home runs during the Indians’ game Sunday in Detroit, and both were helped over the fence by a Tigers outfielder.

Seriously. Both of them.

In the top of the first inning, Ramirez hit a ball that bounced twice on top of the wall in left field. As it was coming back into the field of play, Detroit’s Mikie Mahtook tried to grab the ball with his hand.

Instead, Mahtook knocked it over the fence for a homer:

Here is the second home run, and it’s not as easy to see how the ball was helped over the fence as the first.

In this instance, the ball would have landed on the top of the yellow line, but Tigers outfielder Alex Presley got his glove on the ball and that pushed it off the railing beyond the wall for a home run.

One outfielder-assisted home run is unusual enough, but twice in a one game? What are the odds of that?

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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