At the break: Expectations flipped in topsy-turvy AL East

Remember when the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays were considered preseason favorites to make the playoffs again? Expectations in the American League East have flipped going into the season's second half. The Rays and Red Sox are in fourth and fifth place in the division, respectively, and only Tampa Bay appears to have hopes to climb from the AL East's depths, though its...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz goes on selfie rampage at All-Star Game

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz took a bunch of selfies with his American League All-Star teammates during batting practice before Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis.Cruz made sure to get pictures of himself with Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, and Yu Darvish along with so many others. Selfie with the Captain. Selfie con el Capitan. #DerekJeter...
Via Holdout Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Power Rankings: AL West rivals jostle for top spot

1 Athletics 59-36 The Angels and Mariners aren't making things easy in the AL West, but at the All-Star break there is no team better in the majors than the A's. 2 Angels 57-37 Entering the break as the hottest team in baseball, the Angels are looking to make the second half one to remember as they battle the A's for the division title. 3 Tigers 53-38 +1 Released by Houston...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Royals passed on Nelson Cruz and his 28 homers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As the inconsistencies and the lack of power from the Royals' offense continue to drive Royals fans to the edge, many wonder why the team didn't work harder to obtain a productive, middle-of-the-order bat in the offseason. There was one such power bat available -- Nelson Cruz, who happens to have walloped 28 homers already this season for the Baltimore...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees game 94: Rain shortens first half finale

New York Yankees 1 — Baltimore Orioles 3 (5 innings) The Yankees end the first half of the season with a rain-shortened finale. The Yankees got some instant offense to open their game against Orioles’ starter Kevin Gausman. Brett Gardner led off with his ninth home run of the season. One batter and one run for the Yankees.The Yankees would manage just three hits through the remainder...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ortiz is furious with MLB Network

David Ortiz (Credit: Associated Press) According to Deadspin, David Ortiz is fired up that his name has been brought into the verbal scuffle between his Boston Red Sox teammate John Lackey and Baltimore Orioles’ manager Buck Showaltwer regarding Orioles’ slugger Nelson Cruz. Cruz went 3-3 off Lackey when the Orioles took on the Red Sox this weekend. After the game, Lackey backhandedly...
Via Reading Between The Seams
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Orioles use 3 home runs in 11th inning to drop Nationals

Last night was the beginning of the infamous “Battle of the Beltway” series between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. It seemed to be a pitchers duel between Chris Tillman and Stephen Strasburg until Nelson Cruz did what Nelson Cruz does, hits home runs. Cruz delivered a two-run shot in the fourth to put the Orioles up 2-0. But then two innings later, Anthony Rendone...
Via DC Sports-Kings
14 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz tells MLB Network to shove it after PED comments

David Ortiz was not happy that his name came up in connection with the John Lackey-Nelson Cruz PED comments, and he let the media know about it. Lackey was roped by Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday and voice his displeasure over being hit hard by a guy who was suspended last year […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz: David Ortiz Tried To Recruit Me To Red Sox Over Offseason

BOSTON — Nelson Cruz was there for the taking last offseason. The Red Sox didn’t pull the trigger. Cruz ultimately signed with the Baltimore Orioles in free agency, kicking off what has been a very productive year for the veteran slugger. However, Cruz told on Sunday that David Ortiz reached out to him about potentially signing with the Red Sox before landing with the...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles nab 3 strarters in the All-Star game

Photo: The Baltimore Orioles make up one-third of the AL starting line-up in this years All-Star game. Matt Wieters led the way in votes for cather, however he will be unable to play due to Tommy John Surgery. Outfielder Adam Jones and designated hitter Nelson Cruz join the squad as well. Nelson Cruz leads the majors in home runs and rbi’s up to this point....
Via DC Sports-Kings
16 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey brings up Nelson Cruz’s PED use after Cruz shells him

Nelson Cruz had a huge night for the Baltimore Orioles in their 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. Cruz went 5-for-5 including a homer, single and double of Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey. When Lackey was asked about Cruz’s performance after the game, he conveniently hinted at Cruz’s history of […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Lackey on Nelson Cruz: “I’ve got nothing to say about him”

  Photo: When Red Sox pitcher, John Lackey, talked to reporters following Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, he was asked about the O’s Nelson Cruz. Cruz, just had a monster night going 3 for 3 on Lackey (a single, double and home run) en route to a 5 hit night. Lackey’s comments were simple and straight to the point. He said: I’m not even going to comment...
Via DC Sports-Kings
16 days ago  |  Discuss

O's skipper responds to Lackey's talk

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter responded to Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey's loud "no comment" on slugger Nelson Cruz after Saturday night's game, telling ESPN Radio that "everybody needs to make sure that their own backyard is clean." Cruz went 5-for-5 Saturday night in the second game of a doubleheader, helping the Orioles beat Lackey...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey Rips Nelson Cruz for PEDs

  Some MLB PED users are quicky forgotten, while other reputations are forever destroyed. Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey finally provided a blunt opinion from a current player, trying his best to ensure everyone remembers the cheaters. Lackey was shelled in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Baltimore, who received a 5-for-5 showing from Nelson Cruz. Yes...
Via Next Impulse Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey conveniently brings up Nelson Cruz's PED use

On Saturday, John Lackey and Nelson Cruz opposed each other in the second game of a doubleheader between the Red Sox and Orioles.Cruz had himself a fine game after slugging a home run, tying him with Jose Abreu for the MLB lead at 27, and smashing a couple of doubles.After the game, Lackey was not happy about being hit around by a player who was once suspended for his ties to performance...
Via Bush League Chronicle
16 days ago  |  Discuss

After Ubaldo Jimenez's shaky start, Nelson Cruz stars in Orioles' 7-4, comeback victory vs. Boston

Midway through the nightcap of their twin bill against the Red Sox on Saturday, the Orioles were in danger of dropping the doubleheader and losing their hold on first place in the American League East. But after a 7-4 win over the Red Sox in which the Orioles came from behind to score five unanswered runs and shut down Boston with 5 1/3 strong innings from the bullpen, the music...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey on Orioles star Nelson Cruz: 'I've got nothing to say about him'

Nelson Cruz’s five-hit night helped send Red Sox right-hander John Lackey to an early exit in the Orioles’ 7-4 win over Boston in the nightcap of the teams’ doubleheader, but after the game, Lackey didn't have much positive to say about Cruz. Cruz was 3-for-3 with a double and homer off Lackey. He doubled and singled off Lackey in his first two at-bats of the game, then...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles’ Offense Too Much For Red Sox Pitching In Game 2 Of Doubleheader

The Baltimore Orioles have one of the American League’s most talented and deepest lineups, and that was evident in their 7-4 victory in Game 2 of Saturday’s day/night doubleheader at Fenway Park. After struggling to score just two runs in a 3-2 loss in the afternoon, the Orioles bats woke up in the nightcap with 16 hits and two home runs. Chris Davis was the only Baltimore starter...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Will Face One Of MLB’s Best Offenses With Orioles In Town (Video)

The Baltimore Orioles will be bringing one of baseball’s best offenses to Fenway Park for a three-game series starting Friday, but they’ll have to face the Boston Red Sox pitching staff. While Boston’s offense has been struggling, their pitching has been the bright spot during a lackluster 2014 season. Still, their job won’t be easy when they face the O’s. Baltimore has...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles take series with Nelson Cruz grand slam & walkoff wild pitch

Photo: Twitter-@masnorioles On Tuesday, the Orioles won the first game of the White Sox series with a 3-run pinch hit walk-off home run by Chris Davis. Last night, the Orioles took the series with another walk-off. This time, off of a wild pitch in extra innings. But before the walk-off and the rain delay, Camden Yards had some excitement thanks to Nelson Cruz. The Orioles were...
Via DC Sports-Kings
26 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: O’s Cruz crush home run and lightbulb

Everyone who’s a fan of Major League Baseball knows just how good of a season Nelson Cruz has been having for the Baltimore Orioles. The former Texas Ranger has been tearing the cover off the ball during the first half of the season, belting 22 home runs and 58 RBIs while sporting a healthy .299 batting average. But what Nelson did yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays showed everyone...
Via DC Sports-Kings
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Gausman shuts down Rays, Nelson Cruz homers in Orioles' 2-0 victory

Just three batters into his outing against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was already on the brink of disaster. From his first pitches of the day, Gausman knew the strike zone was getting pinched. And a leadoff walk quickly turned into a bases-loaded jam following a looping single and fielding error by two-time American League Gold...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles’ imbalance of hot and cold has no middle ground

Taking a division lead becomes much easier when your team goes on a long winning streak; just ask the Kansas City Royals. Most teams at or toward the top of their divisions have gone on tears where they have won a long string of games in a row, or only dropped a few out of two weeks of games. For the Baltimore Orioles, this has not happened. The reason for this may fall on the Orioles...
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz, Cruisin’ No More?

Nelson Cruz may be the most hated man in the sabermetrics community. It’s no secret that baseball analysts dislike aging sluggers coming off of a PED suspension. Cruz is one-dimensional: last season, he hit 27 HR with a .506 SLG (putting him in the top 20 of players with >250 PA), but is a butcher on defense (UZR/150 of -6.5) with poor plate discipline (in 2013, he swung at...
Via Batting Leadoff
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz attempts walk-off steal of home, fails predictably

Last night’s A’s-Orioles game was a weird one. Nelson Cruz – who was suspended last year for PEDs purchased from an anti-aging clinic – apparently confused himself for Billy Hamilton and tried to steal home in the 10th inning of last night’s 4-3 loss to Oakland. via Let’s briefly review why this was a terrible, terrible for which Cruz should never be forgiven....
Via Next Impulse Sports
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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