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Kinsler, Cruz a homer away from history

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With a home run against the Mariners tonight, Ian Kinsler or Nelson Cruz can begin the season with home runs in each of their first four games of the season.

It is a feat that has been accomplished only twice, by Willie Mays of the Giants in 1971 and Mark McGwire of the Cardinals in 1998, according to baseball-reference.com.

Kinsler and Cruz are the first teammates to homer in each of their first three games.

Cruz reached the upper deck of the porch in right field in Sunday’s win over Boston, only the second right-handed batter to accomplish the feat in the Ballpark’s 18-year history. The Rangers’ Chad Curtis was the first in 2000.

“When I heard I was the second guy to do it, I impressed myself,’’ said Cruz.

Kinsler established a record by leading off with home runs in his first two games of the season.