Monday, April 4, 2011
Nelson Cruz matches Mays, McGwire
By Randy Jennings
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz put his name in the record book along with a couple of baseball’s biggest names.
With a 419-foot home run into the seats in left-center in the fourth inning, Cruz became only the first American Leaguer and the third player overall to homer in each of his first four games of the season.
The only others to do it were Willie Mays of the Giants in 1971 and Mark McGwire of the Cardinals in 1998.
Cruz’ homer came on Erik Bedard’s first pitch of the at-bat. Cruz struck out in his first plate appearance in the second inning.
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler also homered in his first three games. He has flied out to left field in two trips to the plate Monday. UPDATE: Kinsler finished without a home run.
Former Ranger Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees homered in his first three games but came up empty Monday night against the Minnesota Twins.