ARLINGTON, Texas Elvis Andrus said all the right things about not wanting to take Ian Kinsler's spot as the Rangers' leadoff hitter. But his bat spoke even louder.
Andrus was a career-best 5-for-5 while hitting first in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Tigers.
Andrus also scored three runs, drove in two, stole two bases and was a home run shy of the cycle.
It was his second game filling in as the leadoff hitter for Kinsler, who is out indefinitely with bruised ribs.
"No doubt about it, he had a good night," manager Ron Washington said. "He stayed up in the big part of the field the outfield expanse. When Elvis does that, he's a tremendous hitter. We certainly needed that. He was all over the bag, did a lot."
Andrus needed a home run to complete the cycle in his last at-bat in the eighth inning, but with just 14 homers in five seasons, the odds were against him.
"I heard mention he was trying to hit a home run the last time up," Washington said, stifling a chuckle. "And he ended up...