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Major League Baseball

2014 Avg.
.250
 
Career Avg.
.267
Name  Nelson Cruz
Born  7/1/1980
Height  6-2
Weight  230
Number  23
Position  DH
Bats  R
Throws  R
4/13/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is not listed in Sunday's starting lineup. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Delmon Young, who has mostly served as Baltimore's DH, will make his first start of the year in left field. Cruz (.250, 2 HR, 6 RBI) went 1-for-4 with a walk during last night's 12-inning win against Toronto.
 
Cold4/7/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Baltimore outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz has just one hit in 14 at-bats against Yankees hurler Hiroki Kuroda with four strikeouts.
Insight: Cruz hit a homer in each of his first two games with the O's but has gone 2-for-14 his last four games.
 
4/6/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz has collected just two hits in 20 at-bats against Detroit starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: Cruz hit a homer in each of his first two games with the O's but has gone 1-for-11 his last three games. He has struck out six times against Verlander.
 
Hot4/2/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz has played two games with his new team and hit two home runs.
Insight: Cruz hit a two-run shot Wednesday off John Lackey of the Red Sox. The 33-year-old averaged 25 homers per season over the last five years.
 
3/31/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz took Jon Lester deep in the seventh inning during Monday's season opener.
Insight: The solo shot ended up being the difference in a 2-1 win for the O's. Cruz came into the game with 10 hits and two HRs in 22 at-bats against Lester and went 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk Monday. The 33-year-old Cruz averaged 126 games, 27 home runs and 81 RBI from 2009-13 with the Rangers.
 
3/31/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz owns Red Sox ace Jon Lester.
Insight: In 22 at bats, Cruz has ten hits off Lester including two homers, a pair of doubles and a triple. He's hitting fifth today between Chris Davis and Matt Wieters.
 
3/27/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nelson Cruz's CT scan came back clean, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Cruz took a fastball to the dome from Alex Cobb on Thursday but he's fine.
 
3/27/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nelson Cruz left Thursday's game after taking a fastball to the helmet, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Cruz popped up quickly and walked off the field under his own power. He's probably fine but will presumably be tested for a concussion.
 
2/22/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: The Orioles have reportedly agreed to a deal with outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.
Insight: This was one of the best possible landing spots for Cruz (.266, 27 HR, 76 RBI in 110 games). Being in a strong lineup with the likes of Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado should afford him plenty of RBI chances.
 
2/18/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: The Orioles are trying to make one more big move before Opening Day. That move could be to sign Nelson Cruz to a long-term deal.
Insight: The O's inked righthander Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year deal yesterday and now appear to be in pursuit of Cruz and Kendrys Morales. According to Fox's Ken Rosenthal, Baltimore prefers the outfielder Cruz over Morales, who mostly functions as a DH.
 
1/29/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: The Mariners are emerging as one of the frontrunners to land free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The M's are also in on free agent closer Fernando Rodney. Seattle made a big splash by adding Robinson Cano but they whiffed on Japanese righthander Masahiro Tanaka, who was probably a little out of their price range. Cruz is a .238 career hitter in 48 games at Safeco Field.
 
1/5/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: With the market quickly drying up for Nelson Cruz, it's possible the former Rangers outfielder will accept a one-year deal and pursue a long-term contract next offseason. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Cruz was originally hoping for something in the four-year, $75 million range but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. The 33-year-old's market value certainly took a hit after he was suspended 50 games last season for the use of performance enhancing drugs.
 
11/12/2013 7:38:00 PM
Description: Now that right fielder Nelson Cruz has turned down the Rangers' qualifying offer, Seattle may be his next stop. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Several teams are interested but the Mariners will certainly be one of the frontrunners. Cruz is hoping to land at least a five-year deal. It will be interesting to see if Cruz's PED suspension this past summer has any impact on his negotiations.
 
11/8/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Texas Rangers free agent right fielder Nelson Cruz is expected to turn down the team's qualifying offer and check out the open market.
Insight: Cruz (.269, 27 HR, 76 RBI) has always played in a hitter's park and in a well-stocked lineup so most of the places he might end up signing with will likely hurt his fantasy value.
 
9/30/2013 7:07:00 PM
Description: Texas right fielder Nelson Cruz is back in the lineup after missing the last 50 games due to a PED suspension.
Insight: He'll DH and bat sixth. Cruz (.269, 27 HR, 76 RBI) has managed only one hit versus the Rays this season (ten at bats).
 
9/30/2013 9:41:00 AM
Description: Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (50-game PED suspension) is expected to be activated and added to the Rangers' roster for Monday's tiebreaker game, according to Texas general manager Jon Daniels.
Insight: Cruz played in 108 games this season, batting .269 with 27 HR and 76 RBI, but his last live action was Aug 4. On the other hand, Cruz is a career .500 hitter (6-for-12) with a pair of homers versus Monday's starter David Price.
 
8/5/2013 2:04:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz will accept the 50-game PED suspension given to him by Major League Baseball.
Insight: Cruz was hot with three homers in his last five games. Accepting the penalty means he could return in time for the playoffs should the Rangers get there.
 
Hot8/5/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz "owns" Angels Monday night starter Jerome Williams, batting .611 with four homers and a 1.965 OPS in 18 official at-bats.
Insight: Cruz has three homers in his last five games. He still hasn't decided whether or not he'll appeal his upcoming Biogenesis suspension, but fantasy owners hope he does ... at least until after his Monday matchup.
 
8/4/2013 4:24:00 PM
Description: According to Gerry Fraley from The Dallas Morning News, Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz still hasn't decided whether or not he'll appeal his Biogenesis suspension.
Insight: Cruz and seven others players will receive their suspensions on Monday. The two-time All-Star "hopes" to play Monday against the Angels, but that may not be for him to decide.
 
8/4/2013 9:20:00 AM
Description: Texas right fielder Nelson Cruz left Saturday's game with a strained left quadriceps and is questionable for Sunday's game against Oakland.
Insight: He was dealing with a quad injury earlier in the week and apparently re-aggravated it. With a possible suspension hanging over his head, we may have seen the last of Cruz for 2013.
 

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