Rangers cautious with celebrations

Rangers cautious with celebrations

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are trying to be more cautious as they celebrate walk-off victories this season.

After Nelson Cruz's homer won it for the Rangers in 10 innings on Tuesday night, Cruz made sure he was careful as he crossed home plate before being mobbed by teammates.

"Did you see us last night? We were conservative last night," outfielder Josh Hamilton said. "It's just weird stuff happening. But at the same time, when I've gotten hurt in the past, besides last year, it's been getting up off the couch or doing something normal. You never know what's going to happen."

On May 29, the Angels' Kendry Morales saw his season come to a close after breaking his leg while leaping onto home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam.

Chris Coghlan of the Marlins joined him on the DL earlier this week after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee after delivering a pie in the face to Wes Helms, who had won the game on a walk-off.

"When the guys running in and scoring that run, I think it's just to touch the plate, let the guys hit you in the head a little bit, shake hands and get in the clubhouse," third baseman Michael Young said. "Obviously, all the celebrations have curtailed a little bit, but we're not going to stop being fired and up and being happy in that moment."

But shortstop Elvis Andrus says he doesn't plan on holding back too much should he be the next Rangers player to hit a walk off.

"If I get a walk-off, for sure I'm going to be jumping around and everything. It's a celebration," Andrus said. "But with everything happening right now, you might be cautious about it. But I'm still going to try and enjoy that moment."