Nelson Cruz powers his way into history books

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cruz headshot.JPGAccording to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz joined an elite club of power-hitters Wednesday when he hit his sixth home run of the season. 

The Rangers have only played eight games and Cruz has homered in six of those games — a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by any major league hitter since 1952.  Alex Rodriguez had six homers through eight games back in 2007, but had a multi-homer effort along the way.

Cruz is batting a ridiculous .444 this season with a .515 on-base percentage and a 1.259 slugging percentage.  He has two doubles, a triple and 12 RBI.  The Rangers, meanwhile, are trying to improve to 5-3 tonight in Cleveland.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.