--RF Nelson Cruz hit a homer for the fourth consecutive game, joining Mark McGwire (1998) and Willie Mays (1971) as the only players to start a season with homers in four consecutive games. No player has hit homers in the first five games.
--2B Ian Kinsler failed to homer for the first time in 2011, but he did walk, giving him four walks in four games. Since the start of 2010, Kinsler now has 59 walks and has been hit eight times by pitches while striking out just 60 times. He has a .387 on-base percentage in that stretch.
--RHP Brandon Webb, coming back from two years of shoulder problems, tried to throw to some hitters in the Rangers' bullpen Monday, but he hit three of them and called the session "bad." He had no health issues, however, and he is expected to throw again Friday in Baltimore.
--LHP Michael Kirkman, who was hit just below the left elbow last week by a line drive off the bat of OF Nelson Cruz during an exhibition game between the Rangers and their Class AAA farm club, was pronounced fine and will start the season opener for Round Rock on Wednesday.
BY THE NUMBERS
527 -- The Rangers' projected homer total for the season, if they maintain the pace they've established through four games. Texas has had multiple homers in each of the four games and has hit 13 as a team.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I impressed myself." -- OF Nelson Cruz, on his opposite-field, upper-deck homer Sunday. Cruz became only the second right-handed hitter to reach the upper home run porch at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Chad Curtis did it in 2000.
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