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Cruz Hits Fourth HR In As Many Games

Apr 05, 2011 6:29 AM EST

Nelson Cruz became the third player in major league history to homer in the first four games of a season on Monday night as the Rangers defeated the Mariners 6-4.

Cruz went to the plate in the fourth inning guessing he'd get a first-pitch curve from Seattle's Erik Bedard.

Instead, Bedard threw something else off speed and Cruz adjusted with a drive over the center-field fence.

"In that at-bat I was thinking, hit the ball through the hole [at] second base hard, because he was throwing that curveball," Cruz said. "I was hoping he would throw that so I could hit it the other way, but he threw me a changeup and I turned on it."

Cruz joined Willie Mays (1971) and Mark McGwire (1998) as the only players to go deep in each of their first four games of a season.

Via Associated Press