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Is Nelson Cruz's hot streak just starting?

5/15/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas – Nelson Cruz's homer drought ended Sunday night. It might have been the start of a binge.

Cruz’s grand slam in Sunday’s win over the Angels snapped a 23-game homerless streak, the third-longest going-deep drought of his career. It took him all of 24 hours to go deep again.

Cruz’s homer in Monday’s loss to the Royals put him in some pretty elite company around these parts. The 416-foot blast was just the 17th homer in this ballpark’s history to land in the club level well beyond the left-field fence. It was the second off his bat, meaning that he joined Juan Gonzalez (four) and Alex Rodriguez (two) as the only players to go clubbing at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington more than once.

It was only Cruz’s fourth homer of the season, which puts him well behind his normal pace. But homers can come in bunches for Boomstick, as the world learned while watching Cruz hit a postseason-record six homers during last year’s American League Championship Series.

Cruz was due for a hot streak, and it actually started during the tail end of his homerless drought. He’s 15-for-30 in the last seven games, including a two-hit performance, two three-hit performances and a four-hit performance.

Cruz struck out in his other three at-bats Monday, but he crushed a couple of foul balls. He launched a towering fly ball into the club level but about 30 feet foul in his first at-bat. He hit a bullet that landed just a few feet foul down the left-field line in his third at-bat.

“I’ve felt good the last few weeks,” Cruz said. “You just feel it coming. The chances are it’s coming right now.”