Hunter Pence hits longest home run of 2013

Blair Johnson
Yahoo! Sports Minute Blog
Hunter Pence hits longest home run of 2013
Hunter Pence hits longest home run of 2013

San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence isn't necessarily a slugger. The two-time All-Star is more well-known for delivering an inspirational speech prior to Game 3 of last year's National League Division Series that helped propel the franchise to a second World Series title in three seasons. But Pence's big fly Tuesday night at Coors Field was truly majestic.

With Brandon Belt on first and two outs in a scoreless top of the first, Pence absolutely tattooed a ball off Colorado Rockies starter Chad Bettis that ricocheted off a brick wall beyond the left-field bleachers. The bomb measured 476 feet and was the longest hit in 2013— one more foot than homers by Anthony Rizzo, Mark Trumbo and Adam Dunn blasted earlier this season. The dinger helped the Giants beat the Rockies 5-3.

Meanwhile in prep football, Jabrill Peppers may have turned in the best run of the season during his team's final preseason scrimmage. The Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High running back — who is headed to the University of Michigan as a cornerback — broke several tackles against Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic.

Finally, 17-year-old qualifier Victoria Duval beat 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round of this year's tournament.

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