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June 30, 2011

Rangers Andrus giving up head-first slide at second for now

The only thing more noticeable than the brace Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus had on his wrist Thursday night was his slide into second after his first-inning steal. Andrus slid feet first, which is something he said he'd do after spraining the wrist last week on a head-first slide.

That's still the plan for now.

"I have to," Andrus said. "I don't want to be in between on that play again. For now I feel comfortable if I go feet first. I used to do it a lot last year every time so it won't be that hard. I just mentally focus and try to protect my wrist for a little while and then when I feel comfortable I will (slide head first) for sure."

The wrist didn't seem to bother Andrus. He had two of the four Texas hits, stole two bases and drew a walk. He also made an error, his 15th of the year.

- Anthony Andro


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