Asdrubal impressed by Rangers' Andrus

Asdrubal impressed by Rangers' Andrus

Asdrubal impressed by Rangers' Andrus
CLEVELAND -- Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera said he doesn't watch much baseball outside of studying game video.

He has, however, been impressed by Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus. Entering Sunday's action, the 23-year-old had played 25 career games against the Tribe, and had a hit in every game.

"He's really good. He's a good shortstop," Cabrera said. "He's a good hitter, too. To me, it looks like he plays really hard."

Andrus and Cabrera have plenty in common aside from the position they share. Both hail from Venezuela, both made their Major League debuts at a young age (Andrus was 20; Cabrera was 21) and both have made one All-Star appearance. Both are on the ballot again this year, and have made strong cases through the season's first month.

Cabrera, who started for the American League in last year's Midsummer Classic, is hitting .333 with three homers and a .950 OPS. Andrus is batting .298 with 13 RBIs and a .762 OPS.

Cabrera said he hasn't considered his chances to make consecutive All-Star teams.

"It's too early right now," Cabrera said. "I'm not thinking about that. I just play my game and do what I can do for my team."

Both Andrus and Cabrera are also known for their defensive exploits, which were on full display in Saturday's 5-2 Rangers win. Andrus made plays on both sides of second base and even one in the outfield grass toward third base, when he laid out for a grounder off the bat of Jack Hannahan, propped himself up and fired a one-hopper to first base to record the out. Cabrera made an alert play in the fourth to save at least one run. With runners on second and third, Alberto Gonzalez hit a chopper to Cabrera, who tagged out Mitch Moreland, who had strayed off of second base. Cabrera then threw to first to retire Gonzalez, all while keeping Mike Napoli at third base.

"I still don't know how we got a double play on [that]," said Indians starter Derek Lowe. "That was a changing play for that inning. It kept us in the game."