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Garver launches first big league big fly

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Mitch Garver picked an opportune time for his first career homer, as he deposited an 0-2 slider from Mariners right-hander Dan Altavilla into the left-field seats in the seventh inning of the Twins' 4-2 home-opener win over the Mariners at Target Field on Thursday afternoon. The homer put Minnesota up, 3-2.

Garver, who had never homered in his previous 52 at-bats in the Majors, crushed the mistake from Altavilla, as it left his bat at 105.4 mph at a launch angle of 32 degrees, going a projected 409 feet, per Statcast™. Balls hit at similar exit velocities and launch angles go for hits 89 percent of the time.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Mitch Garver picked an opportune time for his first career homer, as he deposited an 0-2 slider from Mariners right-hander Dan Altavilla into the left-field seats in the seventh inning of the Twins' 4-2 home-opener win over the Mariners at Target Field on Thursday afternoon. The homer put Minnesota up, 3-2.

Garver, who had never homered in his previous 52 at-bats in the Majors, crushed the mistake from Altavilla, as it left his bat at 105.4 mph at a launch angle of 32 degrees, going a projected 409 feet, per Statcast™. Balls hit at similar exit velocities and launch angles go for hits 89 percent of the time.

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It was also the 11th homer of the year for the Twins in six games, which breaks the club record for most home runs through the first six games of a season; they hit 10 homers in six games to open up the 2009 season. Miguel Sano launched a two-run homer off lefty James Paxton to tie the game in the sixth.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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