ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus reached the majors so soon because the Texas Rangers thought he could help shore up their infield defense.
The rookie showed Wednesday night that he can hit a little, too.
Andrus hit his first career homer, and Nelson Cruz added two solo shots and three RBIs to lead the Rangers past the Cleveland Indians 8-5.
"I said that the kid was not going to be an out," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We've got nine guys in our lineup who can get you. Elvis is not going to hit many home runs. But every now and then, he's going to catch one."