Perhaps it was fitting that Tuesday was the hottest day in Dallas-Fort Worth this year, because over in Arizona, the Texas Rangers' bats were scorching en route to putting up 15 runs on the AL West rival Angels in a Cactus League game.
A nice part of that output was Elvis Andrus, who hit a rare home run to continue his red-hot spring.
In fact, Andrus is second only to young second baseman Rougned Odor in hitting among regulars this spring, sporting a .444 batting average, .467 on-base percentage and an OPS over 1.000 — definitely not Andrus-like numbers.
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As we all know, Cactus League numbers mean absolute squat, as we saw first-hand last year when Michael Choice was the star of the spring only to bomb miserably once the games counted. But Andrus is at least a proven commodity, and he's coming off a career-worst season so this kind of success is encouraging.