Road warrior comes home: Andrus on roll

Road warrior comes home: Andrus on roll

ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus showed up at the Ballpark in Arlington on Friday with a 10-game hitting streak. During the streak, Andrus has hit .452 (19-for-42), with 10 runs scored and five doubles.

The hitting streak was accomplished all on the road, and Andrus is hitting .380 this season away from home. Going into Friday, that was the third highest road batting average in the American League. Andrus hit .291 on the road last year, .268 in 2010 and .238 as a rookie in 2009.

"There's not much difference, I'm just getting to know my swing more," Andrus said. "This is my fourth year. I have a little more knowledge of what pitchers are going to throw. My game plan is better and I can just go into a game trusting myself."

The streak has raised Andrus' batting average to .323, seventh best in the AL going into Friday's games. He also has 17 walks, tied with Ian Kinsler for the most on the team. That gave him a .401 on-base percentage, also seventh best in the AL. He was tied for sixth with 22 runs scored.

"I'm finding out what I'm capable of doing," Andrus said. "I want to hit .300, score 100 runs and steal 30 bases. It won't be easy, but that's what I'm shooting for."

Andrus promptly extended his streak to 11 games with a single in the first inning of Friday's game.