(Eds: APNewsNow. ) By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Not surprisingly, the Texas Rangers have hit fewer home runs without suspended All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz in their lineup.
Despite that, he AL West leaders are scoring more runs, and are 12-3 without him.
The Rangers have scored an MLB-best 6.3 runs per game since Aug. 5, the day Cruz was among 13 players disciplined by Major League Baseball after its drug investigation into the Biogenesis clinic in Florida.
While they've hit half as many homers a game as they had with Cruz, they've stolen twice as many bases. They were scoring 4.6 runs per game when they lost Cruz for the rest of the regular season.
Texas is a season-high 21 games over .500 with a 2 1/2 -game division lead on Oakland.