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Cruz Continues Tear With Unlikely Blast

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    David Murphy #7, Nelson Cruz #17and Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers watch the video board of Cruz's grand slam home run in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners.

    As we talked about on Wednesday, it's long been known that there aren't many streakier players in baseball than Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz. Famously, Cruz carried the Rangers on his back in the 2011 ALCS when he slugged six home runs and drove in 13 runs in the six-game win over the Detroit Tigers. He'll also go on some 3-for-30 stretches for you.

    Right now, he's in one of those good stretches that you want to see if you have any affiliation with the Texas Rangers as he hit his third home run in four games on Wednesday, and they haven't been the small ones either. A grand slam and two three-run bombs have raised Cruz's RBI total to 17, good for sixth in the AL.

    But his home run on Wednesday that helped bust the game open in the midst of the Rangers' nine-run fourth inning was a real sight to see as Cruz turned on the first pitch he saw and swung awkwardly, lifting the ball over the left field wall. He had a look of surprise on his face and was smiling at the Rangers' dugout on his way to first because he had broken his bat on the swing.

    You don't see many broken-bat home runs, and when you do you can bet that player is in a good way at the moment, and that is surely the case for Cruz right now.