Although Nelson Cruz has played well in the Dominican Winter League thus far, he hadn't flashed his excellent power––until Tuesday, that is. Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double (his first) and a solo home run (also his first).
Aguilas Cibaenas sidearming closer Johan Yan earned his fourth save after tossing a pair of scoreless innings. Yan gave up two hits but induced three groundouts and fanned one.
Splitting the game between right and center fields, Engel Beltre went 0-for-2 but reached on a hit-by pitch for Licey. The speedster was also picked off at first base once.
Elvis Andrus finally broke out of his slump at the plate on Tuesday by going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and his third stolen base. He was also caught stealing once.
Aragua's Yangervis Solarte, playing at second base, singled once in four at-bats.
No Rangers appeared in Mexico on Tuesday.
The Leones de Ponce dropped to 10-20 on the Puerto Rican campaign after Tuesday's 7-2 loss to Mayaguez.
Despite the loss, leadoff hitter Jared Hoying played well, going 2-for-4 with his second triple. Catcher Kevin Torres played the game's first seven innings and singled once in two trips.
Zach Zaneski finished the contest behind the plate for Ponce, though he didn't get a plate appearance.
Lefty reliever Alexander Claudio was knocked around for two runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one but also allowed an inherited runner to score.
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