Texas Rangers: Willie Mays
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.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.