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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%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 154.67
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Nelson Cruz slugs 36th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-4 loss to the Twins Monday.

Cruz brought his team to with two runs with his ninth-inning home run, but the rest of the offense wasn't able to continue the rally. With blasts in back-to-back games, he's extended his lead in the AL home run race to three. Cruz owns a .254/.323/.513 line with 36 home runs and 90 RBI in 511 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz, Orioles open to long-term deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has been a bargain this season while working on a one-year, $8 million deal, and CBSSports.com Baseball insider Jon Heyman reports Friday the arrangement could become a long-term one this offseason.

The Orioles and Cruz have not begun early negotiations on an extension, both sides have expressed a willingness to continue to relationship beyond this season. Cruz leads the league with 34 home runs, and is hitting .256/.324/.510 with 88 RBI in 130 games overall.  


Nelson Cruz homers again vs. Cubs, establishes new career-high


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz had just one hit Friday against the Cubs, but he made it count as he set a new career-high in home runs in a 4-1 loss.

Cruz clubbed a solo homer in the seventh inning for the team's only run of the game, while finishing the game 1 for 4 overall. It was his second game in a row with a home run, giving him 34 for the season.

Cruz leads the American League with his 34 home runs, while ranking fourth in RBI with 87 in 124 games. He is hitting .258/.326/.520 in 473 at-bats overall.  


Nelson Cruz reclaims home run lead


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz reclaimed the home run lead Wednesday against the White Sox.

Cruz went yard in the top of the fourth inning. With one man on base, Cruz belted a 93 mph fastball from Hector Noesi out to left for a two-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Nelson Cruz belts 32nd home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz belted his 32nd home run Monday against the White Sox.

Cruz struck in the sixth inning. He worked a five-pitch at-bat, homering on an 85 mph changeup. He also walked during the game, reaching twice. Cruz finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Nelson Cruz slugs homer No. 31


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz moved back into a tie for the major-league lead as he slugged his 31st home run of the season in an 11-3 win over the Yankees Monday.

Cruz drove in three runs, the first on a sacrifice fly, followed by two more with his seventh-inning homer.  He went 2 for 2 while adding a hit-by-pitch in the win.

Cruz now has 31 home runs and 83 RBI in 116 games, the first time he has topped 30 homers since 2009. He is hitting .263/.333/.522 in 441 at-bats. 


Nelson Cruz knocks 30th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 10-3 win over the Cardinals Saturday.

Cruz has seen his home-run pace slow over the last month, with Saturday's blast just his second home run since July 7. Even so, he's one off the major-league lead with 30 home runs. Cruz has hit .259/.329/.511 with 79 RBI in 436 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz sits for first time since mid-April


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Mired in a 1-for-28 slump, Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz was held out of the starting lineup Sunday against the Mariners for the first time since April 13. It was just the second time all season he did not start.

Cruz's offensive woes, unfortunately, have extended more than just a week. Since totaling three consecutive multi-hit games from July 5-7, Cruz is batting .110 (8 for 73) with one home run and two RBI in his last 20 games.

"They're not getting him out. He's getting himself out mostly," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNsports.com. "It's so tough. You get down 1-2, you just miss a pitch, you hook a ball foul you might normally have kept fair because you're a little quick with your front hip. Then all of a sudden, you battle and you lay off a slider down in the dirt. Now it's 2-2. You lay off another slider in the dirt and it's 3-2. And just can't quite finish off the at-bat.

"It's happened some with Adam (Jones) and all our guys. They're wanting to do what they're capable of doing so bad. You want to start swinging the bat better again. You want to be back up around .300 again. Let's face it, it's impossible to do it unless you get a hit, unless they change the rules and you get a hit for a walk."


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.