|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||525.00||27.00||.253||76.00||65.00||6.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Tampa Bay||5||2||0|| .400|| .600|| .400|
|vs RHP||39||9||1|| .286|| .385|| .231|
|Last 10 Games|
|Nelson Cruz doubles in loss Friday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(4/12/14) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 with a double in his team's 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays Friday.
Cruz opened the season with home runs in back-to-back games, but he's yet to hit another long ball as the season's second week nears its end. He's hit .250/.341/.500 in 36 at-bats.
|Nelson Cruz homers in Baltimore debut |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(3/31/14) Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz got things off on the right foot with his new team Monday, going 1 for 2 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs in his team's 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Opening Day.
It was a fine debut performance for the former Ranger as Cruz keyed the offense while batting fifth behind first baseman Chris Davis. Cruz could see plenty of RBI chances this season if teams decide to pitch around the 2013 home run leader.
|Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz start in opener |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(3/31/14) Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis (neck) and outfielder Nelson Cruz (head) were both in the starting lineup for Monday's season opener against the Red Sox.
Markakis was more questionable of the duo, as he was a game-time decision. Markakis hit leadoff, while Cruz hit fifth for Baltimore.
|Nelson Cruz OK after HBP on Thursday |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(3/28/14) Orioles outfielder and free agent acquisition Nelson Cruz is fine after being plunked on the helmet Thursday by an Alex Cobb pitch. Cruz reported no pain Friday and should be good to go for opening day against Boston on Monday.
|Nelson Cruz exits game after taking HBP in helmet |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(3/27/14) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz exited Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays after taking a hit by pitch in his helmet.
Cruz was plunked in the fourth inning by Alex Cobb and was replaced by Delmon Young. Cruz underwent a precautionary CT scan, which came back clean, according to MASN Sports.
Cruz came in batting .289/.372/.447 with four RBI in 38 at-bats.
|After his slugging percentage dipped to .460 in 2012, by far his lowest in four seasons since entering the Rangers starting lineup, Nelson Cruz was on the verge of a rebound season in 2013, earning his second career All-Star nod with 27 home runs in 413 at-bats. But that's when the Biogenesis investigation came to a head, and though Cruz initially planned to appeal his 50-game suspension, he ultimately relented and missed almost all of August and September, returning only for a wild-card tiebreaker against the Rays on Sept. 30. Talk about a bad time to enter free agency. Even though Cruz has been a Fantasy mainstay for several years now, he has three strikes against him entering 2014. One, he's leaving Texas, a hitter's haven where he has done most of his damage since 2009. His road numbers in 2013 were the exception, not the rule. Two, he's 33, which means he's exiting his prime. Three, he still has the stench of a PED suspension, having returned to play just the one game. Nobody knows how long he was using or to what extent, which is scary for a player whose main weapon is power. Cruz is still worth a middle-round pick in Fantasy at a time when home runs are scarce, but understand that you're rolling the dice with him.
(Updated 1/7/14) |
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