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Alex Rios hits for the cycle against the Astros

Sep 23, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

Texas Rangers' Rios is congratulated by teammate Andrus and manager Washington after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington Reuters

Rangers outfielder Alex Rios became the third player this year to hit for the cycle Monday, doing so in just six innings against the hapless Astros.

Oddly enough, all three cycles this year have been contained entirely within the AL West. The Angels’ Mike Trout had one in May against the Mariners, and the Astros’ Brandon Barnes delivered one in July, also versus Seattle.

It hadn’t been too long since the Rangers had experienced a cycle: Adrian Beltre had one last August.

Rios now has 30 doubles, four triples and 18 homers this season. He’s hit .288 with six homers and 13 steals in 160 at-bats since the Rangers acquired him from the White Sox last month.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Congrads to Rios

  2. earpaniac - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    He was a nice player for the Sox. Especially for a waiver pickup. His problem was he could never earn that contract Toronto gave him, and I think he just tried to hard to earn it.

  3. miketreedy - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    If only the Rangers could play the Astros everyday.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Unfortunately, they finish the season against the Angels. The Angels have been playing better than the Rangers lately.

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