Focused Andrus enjoying errorless streak

Focused Andrus enjoying errorless streak

ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus led all American League shortstops with 25 errors last season. But he did not commit one in his last 34 games and, going into Wednesday night, he still had not made an error in 16 games this season.

His 50-game errorless streak is the third longest in club history for a shortstop. The record is 60, held by Wayne Tolleson as a backup over the course of 1983-85. Alex Rodriguez had a 52-game streak in 2002. The Major League record for a shortstop is by Mike Bordick with 110.

"The last two months of last season I felt my defensive rhythm come back," Andrus said. "Defense is like hitting -- you have good streaks and bad ones, but you have to stay focused. I felt great in Spring Training and carried it into the season.

"Right now I'm seeing the ball in slow motion. That means it's like you really anticipate it and you see it better. You get to more balls and your range is better."

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he is just seeing a professional fielder playing at his best.

"I haven't said a word to Elvis since Spring Training," Washington said. "If I haven't said a word to him, that means he's doing OK. He's doing the same things, he's just doing it with maturity and experience. That breeds consistency."