Boggs' hard work pays off with promotion

Boggs' hard work pays off with promotion

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Brandon Boggs is finally back in the big leagues. Boggs was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday to give the Rangers some outfield depth while Nelson Cruz is sidelined with a tight left hamstring.

Boggs played in 101 games for Texas in 2007 as a fourth outfielder, hitting .226 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 283 at-bats. But he played in just nine games last year, going 1-for-17, and this is his first time up with the Rangers this season.

"It's a great feeling," Boggs said. "I've down there most of the year working hard. Coming back and feeling the ambiance here is a great feeling."

Boggs earned his way back, hitting .285 with 24 doubles, 10 home runs and 49 RBIs in 101 games and 354 at-bats. But most importantly, his on-base percentage is up significantly. He had a .405 on-base percentage as a switch-hitter who can play all three positions.

"That's the big thing, increasing the on-base percentage by having better at-bats," Boggs said. "I've been working hard on it. I've always had a good eye at the plate, but now I have more confidence and I'm trusting my swing."