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Cruz Tweaks Quad Again

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    After Nelson Cruz stroked a blast to left field with one of his new bats — possibly the one with "Boomstick" etched in it — he had to leave Monday night's opener in Anaheim with a tight left quad, the same injury that forced him to miss a few games last week while the Rangers were in Toronto.

    The hams and quads have been a problem for Cruz, but he's actually avoided multiple DL stints this year like he's had in the past, and Rangers fans need to hope this is another instance in which he'll just miss a few games, at most.

    The good news is, Cruz said his quad felt less tight than it did last week in Toronto.

    Cruz's average is way down this year from last year's clip, as he's hitting just .267, but the power is there as he leads the team with 26 home runs and is second with 77 RBIs, thanks in part to Adrian Beltre's hamstring injury that's shelved him for a month now and will keep him there likely until September.

    If Cruz can remain healthy, and the Rangers get Beltre back along with the other bats all heating up (Kinsler) the Rangers will be just fine in winning the AL West and going back to the playoffs for a second straight year.