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    ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers fields the ball hit by David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals for an out in the eighth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    There is no question that Elvis Andrus is considered the shortstop of the future for the Texas Rangers and one of the prominent young middle infielders in all of baseball.

    The 23-year-old, who's beginning his fourth season in the bigs, had a career-high 25 errors last season but much of that was earlier in the season. Down the stretch, Andrus was a vacuum at shortstop, and that play has continued into 2012.

    Andrus showed his flair at the position in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the New York Yankees, extending his team-record errorless game streak to 50. He made a dazzling play on a sharp grounder up the middle from Russell Martin, when he did a 360-degree turn and fired a perfect strike to Mitch Moreland at first base.

    Much of the talk in the postgame press conference for Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish after his 8 1/3 innings of work was centered around the defensive play of Andrus.

    And Darvish showed he's already becoming a part of the Rangers' friendly ribbing that goes on in the clubhouse.

    "He's a pretty good shortstop," Darvish said through his translator. "But he talks a lot."

    He's also making a lot of big plays for the Rangers, who are one back of the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Yankees for having the fewest errors in the league with seven on the season so far.