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Andrus: The Good and the Bad



    Andrus: The Good and the Bad
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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 07: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers completes a double play over Craig Gentry #3 of the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Coliseum on April 7, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

    Elvis Andrus has been a guy that is an obvious player the Rangers are counting on in 2015 to have a bounce-back season after a career-worst year in 2014 after he admittedly showed up to spring training out of shape and began the year in an immediate hole because of it.

    Andrus showed his dedication in the spring with a huge Cactus League showing at the plate, and on Tuesday night he collected two hits to help pace the Rangers' offense to three runs, which doesn't sound like a ton but was plenty for Colby Lewis to help the Rangers pick up their first win of the season after nearly being no-hit on Opening Day Monday.

    Andrus really looked good on a play when Leonys Martin was running from first, causing A's shortstop Marcus Semien to break toward second base and create a wide gap between third base and second base. Andrus adjusted and fought off an inside pitch right where Semien would've been, helping Martin go from first to third base.

    But he also looked really bad late in the game when his inning extended the game and could've been disastrous. It wasn't, but it was Andrus' second error in as many games a year after he committed 18 errors.

    Andrus is now officially a rich man, after his contract extension officially kicked in this season, so he needs to play like it. And make no mistake, Andrus isn't paid the big bucks to hit, he's paid to play defense.