Nelson Cruz homered in his return to the Texas lineup, Marlon Byrd connected twice and speedster Julio Borbon had the first of his career in the Rangers' 11-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Borbon went 3 for 5 with three RBIs, and is hitting .536 (15 for
28) in seven starts since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma
City while Cruz was hurt. Michael Young and Hank Blalock also had
three hits for the Rangers, who snapped a two-game skid to remain
within a game of Boston for the AL wild-card lead.
Derek Holland (7-7) allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings to win his
third straight start. The rookie left-hander got another needed
victory for Texas after beating the Red Sox and AL West-leading Los
Angeles Angels his previous two starts.