Miguel Cabrera in regular-season form, hits two 500-foot homers

Playing home games in expansive Comerica Park might cheat Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera(notes) out of six or seven home runs a season.

Cabrera made sure not to get cheated in Grapefruit League play on Tuesday when he slammed two home runs that added up to about 1,000 feet.

Witnesses swear he hit two 500-foot deeps at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., both against Baltimore Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen(notes). The first was pulled to left, the second went to straightaway center.

Considering it's still spring training, the distances on Cabrera's homers are unofficial. (It's only a matter of time until MLB puts GPS transponders in baseballs so we can get these measurements down to the millimeter.)

Because it's an inexact science, we're going with the Great Guestimator, teammate Brandon Inge(notes).

Also, check out Cabrera's reaction at MLive.com:

"The first one was close to 500 feet and I'd never seen him hit a ball that far to left," Inge said. "The second one was close to 500 feet."

Reliever Joel Zumaya(notes) joked that Cabrera hit his own car in the parking lot, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he was concerned one of the balls was in the front seat of his car.

"That first one might have hit a car back in Lakeland," Inge said.

(Eighty miles away? Let's not get carried away, Brandon. TomTom, Garmin — I'm tellin' ya.)

Cabrera, who led the AL with 37 homers in 2008, has amassed 209 career blasts through age 26. He also seems to have cleaned up nicely after a hellish end to 2009.

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