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Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 7/1/1980 | Birthplace: Monte Cristi, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Baltimore | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $10,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/97 | Average Draft Position: 154.39
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American League reveals All-Star batting order


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) The American League unveiled the following batting order for Tuesday's All-Star game: Shortstop Derek Jeter, left fielder Mike Trout, second baseman Robinson Cano, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, right fielder Jose Bautista, designated hitter Nelson Cruz, center fielder Adam Jones, third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Salvador Perez.

Nelson Cruz slugs league-leading 28th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz became the sole major-league leader in home runs Monday, going 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 8-2 win over the Nationals.

Cruz provided his team's only offense in regulation before the Orioles came through with three home runs and six runs total in the 11th inning. Cruz has been on fire in recent days, going 11 for 16 with three doubles, two home runs and five RBI in his last three games. He owns a .294/.359/.591 line with 28 home runs and 73 RBI in 340 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz opts out of Home Run Derby


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz has declined an invitation to the Home Run Derby during the All-Star festivities despite a plea from Jose Bautisa, per MLB Network Radio.

"I think the best thing for me is to watch from the side," Cruz said. "I want to stay in shape and make sure I'm ready for every game."

Cruz apparently doesn't want to mess with success. His .290/.356/.582 slugging percentage and 27 home runs put him into the Most Valuable Player conversation.


Nelson Cruz continues to torment Red Sox


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz hit safely in seven straight at-bats before flying out in the fifth inning of Sunday's 7-6, 12-inning win over Boston. After banging out five hits in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, Cruz went 3 for 6 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI on Sunday.

He's hitting .290 with 27 homers and 71 RBI in 335 at-bats.


American League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was voted as a starter, but Royals catcher Salvador Perez will take his place behind the plate for the game. Other injured players will likely be replaced on the roster moving forward.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter)
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Matt Wieters, Orioles
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles

RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
LHP David Price, Rays
LHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics
LHP Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
LHP Sean Doolittle, Athletics
RHP Greg Holland, Royals
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees


Nelson Cruz homers in five-hit performance Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 5 for 5 with two doubles, one home run and two RBI in his team's 7-4 win in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Red Sox.

Cruz made up for a hitless performance in Game 1 of the doubleheader with a huge nightcap, smacking a solo home run in the fifth inning and driving in another run with a sixth-inning single. He is tied for the major-league lead in both home runs (27) and RBI (70) while hitting .286/.353/.581 in 329 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz blasts grand slam in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 1 for 5 with a grand slam in his team's 5-4, 12-inning win over the White Sox Wednesday.

Cruz had just one hit in the game, but it brought his team back from a 4-0 hole by clearing the fence with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. Now tied for the major-league lead in home runs, Cruz has hit .293/.360/.590 with 24 home runs and 64 RBI in 290 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz helps Orioles cruise over Yankees with homer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz continued to prove himself as one of the premier free agent signings of the offseason by slamming yet another home run Saturday in a win over the Yankees.

Cruz tied Edwin Encarnacion for the major league lead in home runs with 23 by slamming a two-run job in the fourth inning. He raised his slugging percentage to an American League-best .605 in the process.


Nelson Cruz goes deep for 22nd time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz hit his Major League-leading 22nd homer in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Rays. Cruz's eighth-inning solo shot was his first homer since June 3 and gave him 58 RBI, also tops in the majors.

He went 1 for 4 and is hitting .299/.367/.602 in 264 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz leads league with 56 RBI


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 3 for 3 with a walk and an RBI single Sunday, giving him a league-leading 56 RBI. Cruz is batting .306/.375/.611 in 252 at-bats.

Nelson Cruz smashes 21st home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz did it again Tuesday, going 1 for 4 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 8-3 win over the Rangers.

Cruz racked up 13 home runs in the month of May, and his first one in June extends his league lead to 21 home runs. He has hit .313/.384/.678 with 55 RBI in 208 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz good to go


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz was back in the lineup and batting third Tuesday. Cruz suffered a bruised left hand when he was hit by a pitch Sunday.

He takes a .314/.384/.672 line into the game against his former team, the Rangers.


Nelson Cruz expected to return against former club


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz is expected back in the lineup Tuesday against his former team, the Rangers, per the Baltimore Sun. Cruz underwent X-rays on his left hand, which came back negative on Sunday. He is hitting .314 with 20 homers and 52 RBI in 204 at-bats.

X-rays negative on Nelson Cruz's hand


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) X-rays came back negative on Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, who was hit by a pitch Sunday. He is day-to-day with a left hand contusion.

Cruz is hitting .314 with 20 homers and 52 RBI.


Nelson Cruz forced out of the game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz was removed from Sunday's game after getting hit on the left hand by an 87-mph fastball from Astros pitcher Scott Feldman.

Nelson Cruz smacks 20th home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz continued to swing a hot bat Saturday as he homered and reached base three times in his team's 4-1 win over the Astros in Houston.

Cruz took reliever Jerome Williams yard for a solo home run in the eighth inning. He added a double and finished 2 for 2 with a run scored and three RBI. Cruz has six home runs over his last nine games. He is hitting .315/.383/.675 with 20 homers and 52 RBI in 203 at-bats.

Nelson Cruz goes deep two more times in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) There seems to be no slowing down Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, though even his power display was not enough to save the day in an 8-3 loss to the Brewers Wednesday.

Cruz went deep for the second game in a row and sixth time in nine games, and didn't stop with just one this time. He clubbed a pair of home runs -- both solo shots -- to provide much of the team's offense in the win. He was 2 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout as well in the loss.

Cruz is off to a fantastic start to the season, leading the American League in home runs (19) and RBI (48) through 50 games. He is hitting .306/.376/.663 in 193 at-bats.  


Nelson Cruz smacks 17th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 2 for 3 with a walk and his league-best 17th home run in his team's 7-6 loss to the Brewers Tuesday.

Cruz has been a monster at the plate recently, homering five times during an eight-game hitting streak, drawing seven walks during that same stretch and smacking a double in four straight. He has hit .300/.369/.632 with 46 RBI in 190 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz blasts league-leading 16th home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 2 for 4 with his league-leading 16th home run in his team's 4-2 win over the Indians Sunday.

Cruz also recorded a double and scored a second run in addition to his homer, which came in the fifth inning and was the final scoring in the win. Along with his MLB-leading 16 home runs, he leads the American League with 44 RBI. Cruz has hit .295/.361/.612 in 183 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz slugs 14th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 9-8 loss to the Pirates Wednesday.

Cruz smacked his solo home run in the second inning, then came up again in the inning and delivered two more RBI on a double to put his team up 6-4. Cruz has hit .282/.342/.576 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 170 at-bats after homering in back-to-back games.


Nelson Cruz knocks 13th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 9-2 win over the Pirates Tuesday.

Cruz started his season with homers in back-to-back games, and he hasn't slowed much since, with Tuesday's blast giving him 13 home runs and 38 RBI along with a .273/.335/.552 line in 165 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz hits big homer in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014)  Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz continues to make a big impact, as he homered for the second game in a row Thursday against the Royals.

Cruz accounted for all of the team's offense with one swing in the 2-1 win, as he hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning. He was just 1 for 4 overall with three strikeouts otherwise.

Cruz has 12 home runs in 38 games, ranking second in those and RBI (35). He is hitting .275/.341/.564 in his first season in Baltimore. 


Nelson Cruz slams 11th homer in loss to Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz certainly couldn't be blamed for his team's third straight loss to Detroit on Wednesday. Cruz sliced what was once a 6-0 deficit to 6-5 with a three-run homer off Justin Verlander in the fifth inning.

His 11 home runs trails only Jose Abreu in the American League and his 33 RBI ranks third. His 2-for-5 performance broke a 4-for-26 mini-slump.


Nelson Cruz slugs 10th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 2 for 4 with his 10th home run of the season in his team's 5-4 win over the Astros Saturday.

Cruz struck out twice for the fifth straight game but also broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with a solo home run. He has hit .285/.350/.562 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 130 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz has 18 RBI in last 10 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz heads into Thursday's doubleheader against the Pirates on a major offensive roll.

The veteran slugger is batting .325 (13 for 40) with a .413 on-base percentage, .725 slugging percentage and 1.138 OPS in his last 10 games. Over those 10 games, Cruz has one double, five home runs, 10 runs and 18 RBI.

Cruz had a pretty solid first month of the season, batting .284 with a .376 on-base percentage, .580 slugging percentage and .956 OPS. He totaled seven home runs and 25 RBI in 23 games.