In 2009, Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz started well. He is doing the same thing this season, leading the club in homers (five), RBIs (19) and slugging percentage (.521).

Cruz played in the World Baseball Classic, for the Dominican Republic, before each season. The WBC experiences helped him get off to the good starts both times, Cruz said.

“You’re playing in a playoff game in every game,” Cruz said of the WBC. “It helps you get your mind right and your body right for the season.”

Cruz said he had no insight in the Major League Baseball’s investigation of Biogenesis, a defunct Miami anti-aging clinic. Cruz is alleged to have purchased performance-enhancing drugs from the clinic. Cruz said the ongoing investigation is not occupying his thoughts.

Briefly: General manager Jon Daniels said the club is considering its options with highly touted right-hander Cody Buckel, of Double-A Frisco. Buckel has allowed 25 walks, second-highest total among all minor leaguers, in only 25 innings.

Right-hander Colby Lewis threw 17 pitches in an extended spring training game at Surprise, Ariz. According to the Rangers, all went well. Left-hander Martin Perez said on Twitter that he worked two innings on Saturday. Both are on the disabled list and could return by about June 1.

Left-hander Charlie Leesman, who rejected a waiver claim by the Rangers, re-signed with the White Sox. Leesman became a free agent when he turned down the Rangers, who claimed him on release waivers for $1.