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Justin Ruggiano Hit The Ball Real Hard

Justin Ruggiano's home run into the Captain Morgan party deck on Saturday traveled 454 feet, according to ESPN Hit Tracker, a Web site that uses physics calculations and observational data to calculate the true distance of home runs. It's the longest home run by anyone at Tropicana Field this season, easily topping a 438-foot blast by Alex Rodriguez back in May. It's also the longest home run by a Rays player at home since June 2009.

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Here are all the 450-foot-plus homers by the Rays at home since 2005, which is as far as Hit Tracker's data goes back. Video clips and the ball's flight path are also included where available:

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  • Saturday: Justin Ruggiano vs. Cardinals, 454 feet (video) (path)
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  • October 4, 2009: Evan Longoria vs. Yankees, 450 feet (video) (path)
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  • June 13, 2009: Carlos Pena vs. Nationals, 466 feet (video) (path)
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  • August 6, 2008: Gabe Gross vs. Indians, 466 feet (video) (path)
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  • September 26, 2007: Carlos Pena vs. Yankees, 451 feet (path)
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  • May 18, 2007: Ty Wigginton vs. Marlins, 453 feet (path
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  • May 3, 2007: Carlos Pena vs. Twins, 459 feet (path)
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  • May 1, 2007: Delmon Young vs. Twins, 451 feet (path)
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  • July 9, 2005: Jonny Gomes vs. Tigers, 467 feet (path)
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Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.