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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 had a monster day Sunday, mashing two home runs and collecting seven RBI in the Orioles' 7-5, 11-inning win over the Rays.
Cruz hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning before coming through with a three-run triple in the ninth inning. Not satisfied, he belted another two-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Orioles the win. He drove in all seven of the team's runs, and Cruz finished 4-for-5 in the game. Cruz has 39 home runs and 101 RBI on the season. Sep 7 - 7:54 PM

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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk and his major league-leading 37th home run in Thursday's victory over the Reds.

Cruz started a six-run first inning with a two-run home run to left-center off of Mike Leake. In doing so, Cruz broke a tie with Giancarlo Stanton to take sole possession of the MLB lead in homers. Cruz is slashing .259/.328/.520 with 93 RBI on the season.
Sep 4 - 10:47 PM

Nelson Cruz said Friday that while his agent and the Orioles have had extension talks after the All-Star break, they haven't been serious.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that the two sides were both interested in a long-term deal, but it doesn't sound terribly likely that anything will get done before the end of the season. Cruz leads all of baseball with 34 homers this season after having to settle for a one-year, $8 million deal at the beginning of spring training.
Aug 29 - 3:27 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that both the Orioles and Nelson Cruz "have expressed an interest" in a contract extension.

Heyman cautions that "there's no definitive immediate word of any early negotiations," but it does appear the two sides are interested "in continuing the marriage, if possible." The report also adds that the O's will extend Cruz a qualifying offer this offseason if they're unable to lock him up on a long-term deal. After having to settle for a one-year, $8 million deal in late February, Cruz has gone on to hit a career-high 34 homers so far for Baltimore, a total that leads all of baseball.
Aug 29 - 12:08 PM

Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double as the Orioles topped the Rays on Tuesday.

Cruz hadn't enjoyed a multi-hit game since August 11, over two weeks ago. His seventh-inning RBI double gave the O's an insurance run, but proved to be ultimately unnecessary. The soon-to-be free agent leads baseball with 34 home runs and has a nice .256/.325/.512 slash line with 88 RBI to boot.
Aug 26 - 11:30 PM

Nelson Cruz set a new career high with his 34th homer in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

The line-drive blast to left field just barely found its way into the basket at Wrigley Field. Unfortunately for the Orioles, it represented their lone run and one of just five hits (all the rest were singles) on the day. Cruz is sporting a .258/.326/.520 batting line for the season and has driven in 87 runs.
Aug 22 - 5:14 PM

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

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

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C1Caleb Joseph
2Nick Hundley
3Steve Clevenger
4Matt Wieters
1B1Steve Pearce
2Christian Walker
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Chris Davis
2Kelly Johnson
3Ryan Flaherty
4Jimmy Paredes
5Manny Machado
LF1David Lough
2Alejandro De Aza
3Quintin Berry
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Tillman
2Bud Norris
3Miguel Gonzalez
4Wei-Yin Chen
5Kevin Gausman
6Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Andrew Miller
5Brian Matusz
6Brad Brach
7Ubaldo Jimenez
8T.J. McFarland
9Evan Meek
10Joe Saunders
11Ryan Webb