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Nelson Cruz | Designated Hitter

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/1/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nelson Cruz swatted his 32nd home run of the season in Monday's 8-2 win against the White Sox.
Cruz made it a 3-0 game with a sixth-inning solo home run off of a tired Chris Sale. He also walked, finishing the night 1-for-3. Cruz has slumped hard since the All-Star break, but still has a productive .260/.329/.516 slash line with 84 RBI. Aug 18 - 11:31 PM

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Nelson Cruz delivered a two-run homer and an RBI single Monday as the Orioles beat the Yankees 11-3.

Cruz broke the game open in the seventh with his 31st homer of the year, tying him with Jose Abreu and Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead. With two homers and two doubles the last three days, it seems like he's found his stroke again after a rough July.
Aug 11 - 11:02 PM

Nelson Cruz is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

It appears that he's just getting a routine day of rest. Delmon Young is in the DH spot Sunday, while David Lough is handling left field.
Aug 3 - 10:53 AM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-6 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

Cruz followed up a five-hit day with a three-hit performance, knocking in a run with a single in the seventh inning. With just a few games before the All-Star break, Cruz still leads the AL in a number of offensive categories, including home runs and RBI. The outfielder is hitting .290/.356/.582 on the year.
Jul 6 - 9:11 PM

Nelson Cruz went 5-for-5 with a home run and two RBI as the Orioles took the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Red Sox by a score of 7-4.

Cruz nearly had a cycle, but he was thrown out at third base in the top of the eighth inning. He officially had two doubles, a solo homer, and two singles. Cruz also stole a base -- his third of the year. The 34-year-old is batting .286/.353/.581 and he's on pace for 50 home runs and 130 RBI.
Jul 5 - 11:05 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

Cruz added to the Orioles' first-inning lead with a solo shot, keeping pace with Jose Abreu -- who homered earlier in the day -- for the major league home run lead at 26. Cruz is already eight home runs away from setting a new career-high, and he's slashing .280/.348/.573 with 67 RBI on the season.
Jul 1 - 10:07 PM

Nelson Cruz blasted his 25th home run of the season as the Orioles topped the Rays 4-1 in the second game of Friday's doubleheader.

The two-run shot off Joel Peralta in the seventh inning was the lone hit in four at-bats on the night for Cruz. He has been a phenomenal addition to the Orioles offense this season, slashing .289/.354/.587 with 25 homers and 66 RBI. He is certainly on his way to earning a very lucrative multi-year contract after the season.
Jun 27 - 10:51 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-5 with an eighth-inning, game-tying grand slam in Wednesday's 12-inning victory over the White Sox.

The Orioles weren't able to get anything going offensively until Cruz erased a 4-0 deficit with one swing. Cruz blasted a grand slam off of reliever Javy Guerra, which allowed the Orioles to eventually notch a walk-off win. Cruz's excellent season continues, as he has 24 home runs, 64 RBI, and a .293/.360/.590 slash line.
Jun 26 - 12:22 AM

Nelson Cruz clubbed his 23rd home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

It was a two-run shot. After going 14 games with a home run, Cruz has now gone deep in two out of the last three games. He's currently tied with Edwin Encarnacion for the major league lead in home runs and ranks second (behind Encarnacion) with 60 RBI.
Jun 21 - 4:15 PM

Nelson Cruz ended a 14-game homer drought with a solo shot Wednesday against the Rays.

Cruz had been stuck on 21 since June 3, but he still has the major league lead anyway. Edwin Encarnacion and Giancarlo Stanton are two behind at 20.
Jun 18 - 5:04 PM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with an RBI in a loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Cruz had three singles on the day, including an RBI single in the sixth inning. The RBI was Cruz' AL-best 56th of the season as he remains among the league leaders in nearly every offensive category. The three hits raised his season line back up to .306/.375/.611.
Jun 15 - 4:48 PM

Nelson Cruz (hand) is back in the Orioles' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Rangers.

Cruz suffered a left hand contusion Sunday when he was struck by a Scott Feldman pitch. X-rays were taken immediately and came back negative. The veteran slugger has 20 home runs and 52 RBI in 54 games this season.
Jun 3 - 4:44 PM

Nelson Cruz (hand) had no issues gripping a bat on Monday and is expected back in the Orioles' lineup Tuesday.

The club won't officially clear Cruz until after batting practice Tuesday, but it appears that he's good to go. The outfielder caused a scare when he left Sunday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch, but X-rays came back clean and he's already feeling much better.
Jun 2 - 6:39 PM

Nelson Cruz is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a left hand contusion on Sunday.

Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Astros when he was drilled by a Scott Feldman pitch, but fortunately X-rays came back negative. He may miss a game, but the slugger should be able to avoid the disabled list. He has 20 homers and 52 RBI this year.
Jun 1 - 5:45 PM

Nelson Cruz left Sunday's game versus the Astros after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.

Cruz was in immediate pain after getting plunked by the Scott Feldman pitch. He initially stayed in the game to run but was replaced on defense in the bottom of the third. The Orioles are surely sending him for X-rays, and an update on his status should be available later Sunday.
Jun 1 - 3:10 PM

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C1Matt Wieters
2Nick Hundley
3Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2Steve Pearce
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
3Cord Phelps
LF1David Lough
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Kevin Gausman
5Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Andrew Miller
5Brian Matusz
6T.J. McFarland
7Brad Brach
8Ubaldo Jimenez