SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Howie Kendrick went 2-for-2 with a walk against the Rangers on Tuesday, including a mammoth three-run home run to the back of the berm beyond the center field wall.
No official distance was given for the home run, but it looked to be at least 40-50 feet beyond the 400-foot sign at the center field wall. The home run was the key blow in a seven-run fifth against old friend Joe Beimel, a non-roster pitcher in Rangers camp who on Tuesday retired only one of eight batters faced.
"I was just trying to put a good swing on it. I actually thought I missed it a little bit," Kendrick said. "I guess the wind was blowing a little bit."
Kendrick and shortstop Jimmy Rollins have been seemingly inseparable in camp, and even stopped at the same gas station on the way to Surprise on Tuesday. Rollins, whose locker in the visitors clubhouse at Surprise was directly next to Kendrick's, chimed in as Kendrick was being interviewed.
"In other words, I've never hit one that well," Rollins quipped.
Rollins went 2-for-3 on Tuesday with a double, his third of the Cactus League. He is 10-for-25 (.400) with three doubles and a triple, while Kendrick is 8-for-22 (.364) with three doubles and a home run.