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Dialed In Cruz Makes Ballpark History



    Nelson Cruz had his national coming out party for the 2012 season on Sunday night when he went 4-for-5 and hit a grand slam off of Los Angeles Angels starter Jered Weaver en route to a blowout win for your Texas Rangers.

    It was just hit latest good game at the plate as he entered Monday night's series opener against the Kansas City Royals hitting .500 over the last week. On Monday, his rebirth at the plate continued when he gave the Rangers an early 1-0 lead on a fourth-inning solo bomb to the Lexus Club level in the left field seats.

    The Angels' Mark Trumbo sent a homer there on Sunday night, becoming the first player since Cruz in 2009 to hit one there, and Cruz duplicated the feat on Monday night, the 17th ever hit there, becoming just the third player to ever hit more than one home run there.

    His 416-foot bomb put him in select company of guys that have hit multiple homers over the left field scoreboard, and over the lower deck. He joins Juan Gonzalez (four times) and Alex Rodriguez (twice) as the only players with more than one Lexus Club shot.

    Cruz struck out in his other three at-bats on the night, but he did have the big bomb, and it's not like the rest of the Rangers lineup was having any luck against Bruce Chen & Co. Look for Cruz's hot streak at the plate to continue Tuesday night in the series finale of the two-gamer against the Royals.