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Nelson Cruz ties a record

Apr 5, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

Nelson Cruz pops out

I noted in ATH that Nelson Cruz had homered in four straight games to open the season, but I wasn’t aware that this was a record. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, only two others have done that before: Willie Mays in 1971 and Mark McGwire in 1998.

Cruz faces Mariners’ rookie Michael Pineda tonight. A home run puts him all alone in the dingers-to-start-the-year category.

  1. Kevin S. - Apr 5, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Yeah, the ESPN crew kept blithering about Teixeira’s chances to tie the record because he’d homered in his first three games. Good for Nelson, even if it’s more of a meaningless quirk than a significant accomplishment.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 5, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Four HRs in four games is never meaningless, but I agree that just b/c it is the first four games of the year, it is getting more attention. What is impressive is that Kinsler was right there with him for the first three games.

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