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Rangers History Today: Sierra's Special Two-Homer Game

Ruben Sierra was one of the most powerful switch-hitters in Rangers history, and on this day, he did something worthy of that talent.

On this date in Texas Rangers history, Ruben Sierra became the first player wearing a Rangers uniform to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game.

That moment came on September 13, 1986, against the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sierra hit his first homer of the game in the third inning against a pitcher familiar to Rangers fans — Bert Blyleven, who at one time pitched for the Rangers and ended up in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sierra hit his second home run in the ninth inning off Bill Latham.

Sierra ended up going 2-for-5 in the game, with two RBI and two runs scored. The Rangers beat the Twins easily, 14-1, as the Rangers hit seven home runs in the game. In addition to Sierra’s pair, Darrell Porter hit two home runs, while Pete O'Brien, Pete Incaviglia and Steve Buechele hit one each. It was a club record at the time.

Sierra, then a rookie, finished the season hitting .264 with 16 home runs and 55 runs batted in. Sierra was sixth in American League Rookie of the Year voting that season.

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