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Andrus Off to Scorching Start



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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers celebrates after hitting a lead off double in the seventh inning as Rafael Furcal #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on during Game Four of the MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    There are times when Texas Rangers shortstops shows flashes of what he could eventually be, which is a really good hitter in the big leagues.

    The 23-year-old shortstop, coveted more for his speed and defense than anything at this point in his career, is entering his fourth full season as the team's starter and is off to a scorching start at the plate through the Rangers' first two spring games — a loss to Kansas City and a rout of Arizona.

    Andrus is now 5 for 5 with a double and a triple in the Rangers' two games, scoring runs and he's also showing the gap power that he has when he's in a hot zone.

    "I wish it counted for the season," he told the Associated Press. "I'm looking forward to continuing to feel good out there, keep working on my offense, working on my defense."

    Andrus has seemingly locked down the No. 2 spot in the order after starting his career in the No. 9 slot after hitting a career-best .279 last season. He had 33, 32 and 37 stolen bases in the last three seasons, respectively.