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Cruz makes history with fourth home run

Posted on: April 4, 2011 9:24 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 1:04 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Nelson Cruz of the Rangers hit a home run against the Mariners Monday night in Texas. It was his fourth home run of the season, one comnig in each of the Rangers' four games thus far in 2011. Only Willie Mays (1971) and Mark McGwire (1998) have previously accomplished the feat. Ian Kinsler and Mark Teixeira entered Monday night with a home run in each of their team's first three games , but neither was able to join Cruz in the history-making feat.

Monday night, he drove an Erik Bedard pitch 419 feet in the bottom of the fourth inning.

"In that at-bat I was thinking, hit the ball through the hole (at) second base hard, because he was throwing that curveball," Cruz said "I was hoping he would throw that so I could hit it the other way, but he threw me a changeup and I turned on it."

Interestingly, each of Cruz's four home runs have been solo shots. He ended the game -- a 6-4 Rangers win -- 2-3 and is hitting .429 thus far. The Rangers, last season's AL champs, have jumped out to a 4-0 start.

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Comments

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

This is the third year in a row I have picked him as my darkhorse MVP candidate.  Noone not named Pujols, Ryan, Fielder, Cabrera can be anymore intimidating than this guy when he is on.  If he could stay healthy all year, then watch out!



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

Hawkman, I was talking about Texeira's foul ball. It was in the second deck. I was watching it live.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:14 am
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

Do people just not read?

Eyeonbaseball, the remark the guy made about the 280 foot shoot was obviously about Teixeira's near-miss.

All-pro, the remark about the cheater was obviously about McGwire.  Two guys had done it before  - one all time great and one "cheater".  How could you think the remark was about Cruz?




Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:57 am
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

Good point, MLBRocks...That Willlie Mays was a total fraud.



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:40 am
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

I miss all the homeruns.



Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:49 am
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

I like how a guy hits a Home Run in 4 straight games and he starts getting called a cheat or the Roids Era is back... Streaks like this happen, especiall in TEXAS where the ball flies out of the stadium. He's hot right now, in a stadium that yields the most HR other then Yankee Stadium, nothing more and nothing less



Since: Jun 7, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:53 am
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

Interesting, all kinds of bombs throughout MLB to start the season. And the the Bonds trial starting at the same time. Juiced ball era all over again.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:48 am
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

COLSPRTS: It was well into the second deck, actually. Crushed.

- Matt



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:44 am
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

bomb down the line at yankee stadium??...so he hit it about 280 ft?



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:16 am
 

Cruz makes history with fourth home run

teixeira came about 10 feet from joinng him. he hit a bomb down the line that was just foul.


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