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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
14 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
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
22 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
22 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 WEEI.com on Sunday that David Ortiz reached out to him about potentially signing with the Red Sox before landing with the...
Via NESN.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles nab 3 strarters in the All-Star game

Photo: footballsfuture.com 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
23 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
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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

  Photo: espn.com 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
24 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
24 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
24 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
24 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
24 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
24 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
June 26, 2014  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
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 SI.com 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

The Resurgence of Nelson Cruz

Major League Baseball players aren't keen on the qualifying offer. In fact, of the 21 offers that have been made over the last two years, none of them have been accepted. While a guaranteed sum of $14.1 million for a single season of work is more money than most of us will ever see, players don't like the uncertainty of playing under a one-year contract. Most of them also...
Via The Sports Post
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cruz hits three-run HR in Orioles' 8-3 win over Rangers

Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz almost didn’t take his final at-bat Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers, but he wasn’t going to give manager Buck Showalter any reason pull him with the score tied heading into the eighth inning. Cruz, who was playing in his first game back at Globe Life Park in Arlington, where he spent the past eight seasons of his career with the Rangers...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Recap 6/3/14: Orioles Win, Cruz Hits His 21st Homer

Baltimore Orioles Nelson Cruz has done it again.  Cruz hit his 21st homer of this season. The slugger leads the MLB in home runs and RBIs. He is also the American League Player of the week. The homer brought in three runs, and the Orioles finished with six runs in the eight inning, and took the tied 2-2 game to an 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers. photo credit: Keith Allison...
Via Tha Sports Junkies 101
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles Injury Update: Nelson Cruz will play Tuesday

             Orioles (28-27) outfielder Nelson Cruz is set to return to the lineup for tonight’s game against his former team, the Texas Rangers.  Cruz left the game on Sunday after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch by Astros pitcher Scott Feldman.  Cruz initially stayed in the game, but came out after it was determined that he could not grip his bat.  X-rays taken...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

#ProfStats, Week 10: Cruz Control

It’s Tuesday which means that it’s time for another weekly edition of #ProfStats. As usual, if you come across any fascinating stats during the week, tweet them to us using the hashtag #ProfStats and you’ll get a retweet as well as get your stat shared in next week’s article. Make sure you’re also following me on Twitter because I post all of the stats there as well as...
Via Baseball Professor
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

For Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, a journey back and a new beginning

From the first time Nelson Cruz stepped into the batter’s box at Camden Yards this season, he has heard that unmistakable sound from the home crowd — the long, steady chant of his last name. With the success he has had so far this season, the Orioles outfielder has heard the cheer many times, but he still takes it in each time. It’s a reminder of the twisted road he has taken...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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