Andruw Jones hit as many home runs in one game for the Texas Rangers this season as he did all last season as a high-priced bust for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The number was three. It was a flashback to a player who as a 19-year-old rookie for Atlanta hit two home runs in his first World Series game in 1996. He then hit at least 25 home runs in 10 straight seasons.
After hitting only .158 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 75
games during an injury-plagued season with the Dodgers, Jones is a
part-time player in Texas trying to prove he's not done.
His batting average has dipped to .227 with a 2-for-27 slump
since the three-homer outburst July 8, but that is still
drastically better than last year in Los Angeles.