Jet stream has balls flying all over

April, 22, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' offense, slowed during this homestand, got some help from Mother Nature on Friday.

Well, half-credit goes to Mother Nature. The other to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, which had its jet stream blowing so hard out to right field that the city of Arlington cancelled the planned fireworks show after the game. No matter. The Rangers provided plenty of fireworks during the 11-6 win.

The club hit five home runs on Friday, a season-high and something they did just once in 2010, connecting for five of them May 27 against Oakland. Add it all up and you're talking about 2,012 feet.

"You play to the elements," DH Mike Napoli said. "I didn't think I hit my ball that well, but it was pretty windy out there and it really went."

Napoli's homer came in the third inning and was an opposite-field shot that would have probably been a routine fly ball in most other parks and even in Arlington if the wind wasn't blowing as hard. Ian Kinsler, David Murphy, Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland all followed with homers as well.

"We have a good lineup from top to bottom and we know that," Murphy said. "It's early. Our offense didn't really click most of April last year. I think we're ahead of the pace right now. We just need to keep fighting and grinding it out. Sooner or later, there's going to be a point where everything's clicking and hopefully the pitching is clicking when that happens as well just like the first 10 games of the season, just like June last season. There's going to be ups and downs, but we have to ride the ups."

Texas had hit just four homers over the previous nine games before Friday. They are now averaging two home runs per game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this season.
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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Elvis Andrus
.302 1 3 9
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 9
OPSS. Choo .830
WP. Figueroa 2
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23