Cruz getting it done at the plate

Cruz getting it done at the plate

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz has been heating up on this homestand, hitting 9-for-21 in the last five games.

"More than anything else, I like him keeping the ball in the big part of the field," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I've seen him shorten his stroke a little bit. The good thing about it is, in some situations recently, all we needed was a base hit, and he's gotten them."

Cruz has tremendous power, and what is encouraging to Washington is that Cruz has been hitting singles, but without losing that power. During the five games, he has two home runs and three extra-base hits.

"I just hope that his mindset stays there, because without trying, Nelson is going to walk into home runs," Washington said. "Sometimes he gets out there and, maybe not consciously, but his swing gets real big. Lately, its been shortened a little bit."

With his recent hitting, he has now brought his batting average back closer to where it has historically sat for his career. He comes into Wednesday's game batting .252 on the season, comparable to the .270 mark he holds for his career.