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Elvis Andrus will do anything possible to protect on hit and run (GIF)

Don’t you ever accuse Elvis Andrus of not being a team player. And don’t you ever accuse him of missing signs. Because, my goodness, that guy goes all out when the hit and run is on.

Andrus was up in the ninth inning of Monday’s win over the Oakland A’s with nobody out and a man on first. The Rangers had a hit and run on, and the A’s knew it was coming so they did a pitch out. But that didn’t stop Andrus from doing his job of trying to protect his runner by attempting to make contact, so he swung at the pitch. And the pitch was so far out of the zone he literally got airborne for it:

Elvis Andrus swing

Give that man an A for effort on that one. Andrus ended up grounding out on the at-bat, but we’re sure the baseball gods paid attention to his attempt on that play. They’ll make it up to him.

Forearm bash to Eye on Baseball, GIF via Drew Sheppard

Elvis Andrus-Adrian Beltre popup war continues (GIF)

Elvis Andrus just loves to mess with Adrian Beltre. The Texas Rangers shortstop’s ongoing antics with his teammate continued on Monday when he decided to interfere with Beltre on a popup yet again.

Adrian Beltre Elvis AndrusThis one occurred in the bottom of the third inning of the Rangers’ 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Adam Jones was up with two on and nobody out and popped up a pitch from Derek Holland to the left side of the infield. Beltre called for the ball and made the putout, but the play did not come without some interference from Andrus, who snickered after Beltre made the catch.

You have to understand that fighting over popups is a regular issue for the two.

We encountered a similar situation on June 22 in a Rangers-Cardinals game.

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Elvis Andrus touched Adrian Beltre’s head, and that’s a no-no (GIF)

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Elvis-Andrus-touches-Adrian-Beltre-headAdrian Beltre is a strange guy. Like many other professional baseball players, he has a number of quirks and superstitions. But more than anything else, Beltre hates being touched on his head.

The Rangers third baseman has a history of lashing out at teammates who dare to touch his dome, and shortstop Elvis Andrus was feeling bold during a mound conference on Saturday night. Andrus touched Beltre’s head just as the discussion was breaking up, and Beltre reacted accordingly by humming his glove at Andrus in anger.

These two have developed quite the relationship. Between the head touching and Beltre giving Andrus the death stare earlier this month on a pop fly, it seems like they have an older brother-annoying little brother relationship. It certainly looks like Andrus has a lot of fun with it.

GIF via @DShep25
H/T The Big Lead

Adrian Beltre was not happy with Elvis Andrus for coming near his pop-up (GIF)

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Adrian-Beltre-fly-ballAdrian Beltre does not like it when people come into his territory when he is calling for a fly ball. If you didn’t know that prior to the Texas Rangers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, you do now.

As you can see from the GIF above that was posted on Reddit, Beltre was camped under a pop fly when shortstop Elvis Andrus came drifting over and looked like he was thinking about making the play. Beltre waved his arms like a madman and told Andrus to get the hell out of there. After Beltre secured the ball, he gave his teammate the death stare.

It looked like Andrus was smiling as he jogged away, but Beltre didn’t appear to be messing around. The two players were able to avoid a collision, but that wasn’t enough for Adrian. Next time, Elvis better stay out of his wheelhouse and let him do his thing.

Elvis Andrus reportedly sidelined because of ‘sensitivity’ caused by new tattoo

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Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was scratched from spring training action on Thursday because of “sensitivity” in his left biceps. How did his arm get so irritated? From being tattooed for hours.

Andrus spent nine hours getting a massive portrait of his father, Emilo, who died in 1996, tattooed on his left arm the past few days.

Though the work caused Andrus to miss a game and experience incredible pain, the young shortstop does not regret it.

“It was do it now or never,” Andrus told the Dallas Morning News. “I’m really proud of this. It’s something that’s going to be with me forever.”

Andrus says the tattoo hurt so much that it will be his last. At least he made it count, and at least he had a better reason for his health problem than this guy.

H/T Hardball Talk
Photo credit: Twitter/Elvis Andrus

Elvis Andrus Wants Rangers to Walk Albert Pujols Every Time He’s Up

If the Texas Rangers are going to win the World Series, they will have to shake off an ugly, ugly Game 3 loss.  Thanks in part to a missed call by the umpires in the fourth inning, St. Louis went on to win by a video game score of 16-7.  A pretty good Cardinals hitter named Albert Pujols had a little something to do with it as well.

Pujols went deep three times to lead the Cardinals to victory and give them a 2-1 series lead.  If Albert continues to look even close to that good at the plate for the remainder of the series, it will be enough to put St. Louis on his back and take home the trophy.  Unless, of course, the Rangers just walk him from now on.  Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus thinks that would be a pretty good idea.

“We cannot take chances on Pujols,” Andrus said after Game 3 according to the Dallas Morning News. “Everybody knows how good he is. We’ve got to execute pitches. If he doesn’t chase, give him first base. We’d rather seeMatt Holliday beat us than Pujols. You never want to see the best hitter beat you.”

We agree.  In fact, we challenge you to disagree.  There comes a time when you no longer attack a hitter like Pujols — especially in the World Series.  Albert is arguably the best hitter in all of baseball.  The Rangers are better off assuming he’s going to hit a home run every time he steps to the plate.  If the bases aren’t loaded, don’t throw him a strike.

Fist pound to Hardball Talk for the story.