Found September 30, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Nelson Cruz’s 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs has come to an end and he will be on the Texas Rangers’ active roster Monday for their tiebreaking game against Tampa Bay to determine the second American League wild-card team. But only manager Ron Washington knows for sure if the outfielder will be in the lineup as the Rangers try to push themselves into the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The prevailing thought is that Cruz will be in the lineup as the designated hitter even though he hasn’t played a major league game since Aug. 4 the day before he was suspended for his part in the Biogensis of America scandal. The ban ended Sunday after a 6-2 victory that extended the Rangers’ regular season to a Game 163 and Cruz is hopeful that he will get the chance to return to a lineup that has lacked power in his absence. “I want to play” Cruz said. “I want to be a part of this team and win a championship. That’s what it’s all about. I’m going to be ther...
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