Texas Rangers Sluggers Break Record in Season Opening Sweep
History was made over the weekend in the Texas Rangers sweep of the Boston Red Sox from the Ballpark at Arlington. Second Baseman Ian Kinsler and Outfielder Nelson Cruz accomplished something that a pair of teammates never have before. Both Kinsler and Cruz hit home runs in each game of their sweep of the Red Sox.
The three straight games with homeruns for the Texas sluggers marked the first time this has happened in a season opening series. Kinsler and Cruz both hit solo shots on Friday’s 9-5 season opening win. Kinsler and Cruz also combined for a pair of homeruns in Saturday’s 12-5 shellacking of Boston. Newly aquirred Adrian Beltre also hit a Grand Slam in Saturday’s win.
Heading into Sunday’s game, Kinsler and Cruz were the 6th set of teammates to hit home runs in back to back games to open a season. Sunday they broke the record after they both hit solo shots in the 5-1 victory over the BoSox to give the Rangers the sweep.
Overall the Rangers hit a whopping 11 homeruns over the weekend against the Red Sox and scored 26 runs over the three games. Texas was one of only four teams to sweep their season opening series for the weekend. The other three were Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Baltimore.
Next up for the hot batted Rangers will be a three game home stand with AL West opponent Seattle. Texas and Seattle will first pitch tonight at 7:05 from the Ballpark at Arlington.