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Elvis Andrus adds marriage, pending fatherhood to standout season

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is having another great season after a career-year in 2016. Andrus knows it’s no coincidence that he’s been in a serious relationship for the past two and a half years.

In fact, it’s so serious that Andrus and his long-time girlfriend, Cori Febles, were married in a ceremony at his Dallas-area home during Thursday’s day off. They were engaged in December and are expecting their first child on July 17.

“Our kid is coming in a month and a half so we wanted to be officially married before he came into this world,” said Andrus, who hit .302 in ’16 and is sitting at .296 with seven homers this season. “Sometimes when you’re single out there, you start doing a lot of dumb stuff that kind of takes you out of baseball. Now it’s a different part of my life right now and I’m really enjoying it.”

The couple plan to throw a big party on the beach in the Dominican Republic in November.

“We always wanted to get married by the ocean. It’s going to be nice. A lot of music, a lot of food, a lot of drink,” he said.

Andrus, who turns 29 in August, met Cori through her mother.

“I said, ‘your mom looks like that, you’re going to look like that, let’s get married right now,’ ” Andrus said. “I know where she’s going in the future. It’s one of the best things to ever happen to me.”

The maturation process has helped Andrus focus better on baseball.

“Things are changing in my life in a good way but I’m the same way,” said Andrus, who is one homer shy of tying his career-high of eight he hit last season. “It helped me to just chill out and put a lot of things in perspective and give energy to the things I need to give energy to.”

His teammates with children have tried to tell Andrus of what’s coming be he sounds excited about the challenge.

“Life without challenges makes no sense. I know it’s going to be hard,” he said. “I’m more than ready for that challenge and I can’t wait for a baby boy to come.”

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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