Your Texas Rangers Are the Best Slow-Pitch Softball Team in the Majors

Well, it seems like it.

If you're counting at home -- and I know you are -- after last night's 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners, that's 13 homers in 32 innings for the Rangers. At this rate they'll ... man I'm really bad at math be really hard to beat.

You know things are going right when Ichiro Suzuki plays a two-out liner off the heel of his glove for an error and the next batter, Julio Borbon, makes him pay with a two-run triple. And when in doubt, hit it out.

Elvis Andrus had 18 extra-base hits all last season. He already has four in 2011, including a first-inning homer last night that was his first in 705 at-bats. Teammates greeted the rare occasion with about five seconds of silence and indifference in the dugout before bursting into celebration.

After Cruz' fourth blast in as many games, the Rangers reacted in awe.

I watched Cruz in Surprise, Arizona and he was struggling. Mightily. Looked as if he'd opened his open stance even more than in 2010 and was having trouble driving the outside pitch. During spring training he hit only one homer in 62 at-bats.

And last night he hit another homer, becoming the first player in American League history and only the third player all-time to start the season 4 for 4. The others: Willie Mays ('71) and Mark McGwire ('98).

Oh, by the way, the Rangers are 4-0 for the first time since starting 7-0 in '96.


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