Napoli's home run streak comes to an end

Napoli's home run streak comes to an end

DETROIT -- Mike Napoli's streak of five straight games with a home run came to an end on Saturday, when he was used as a pinch-hitter in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers in Game 2 of a doubleheader and struck out. He must have been crushed by this development.

"Absolutely not," Napoli said Sunday morning.

Or maybe he's ready to start a new streak as he returned to the lineup at first base for Sunday's game.

"That's the idea," Napoli said. "I'm just trying to get hits. If it leaves the park, I'm happy. If it's a single, I'm happy. A triple? That's probably not going to happen. So let's leave that one out."

Napoli does have four career triples. He also had six home runs in five games this week before striking out against Jose Valverde in the ninth inning. He was the sixth Rangers player to hit a home run in at least five straight games. Carl Everett, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock also hit home runs in five straight, while Kevin Mench holds the record with seven straight back in 2006.