Cruz went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 9-7 win over the Rangers. His fourth-inning blast off Bartolo Colon was Cruz's fourth homer of the season. The veteran slugger still isn't quite 100 percent after returning to action from an ankle injury, but he's gone 8-for-32 (.250) in those eight games with two home runs and two doubles.
Cruz went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk in a win over the Rangers on Friday. Despite the fact that his ankle admittedly continues to give him some trouble, Cruz was in the cleanup spot in his usual designated hitter role for the opening tilt of the three-game set. He responded with his first multihit effort of the season, as well as his first two doubles. Despite Cruz's productive effort Friday, manager Scott Servais has indicated he may give his ailing slugger a day off in one of the two weekend games against Texas.
Cruz, who recently came off a disabled-list stay prompted by a sprained right ankle, is still running gingerly, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "We may have to give him a day down here or there," manager Scott Servais said. "I'm hoping he gets better. I'm not so concerned with the running as looking comfortable in the batter's box, being able to handle some pitches and use his lower half correctly so he can get his swing off." Cruz has played in six straight games since coming off the DL last Saturday, going just 2-for-19 with a solo home run and a walk. The veteran slugger's overall struggles at the plate lend credence to Servais' concerns, so the 37-year-old may be due for some down time at some point in the upcoming three-game weekend series against his old Rangers squad.
Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a 2-1 win over the Astros on Monday. Cruz took Dallas Keuchel deep with two outs in the fourth, erasing an early 1-0 deficit. The 37-year-old is still in the process of getting his timing down at the plate after recently missing nine games with an ankle injury, but his power stroke already seems to be in midseason form -- factoring in Monday's round tripper, Cruz has homered in three of the five games he's suited up for.
Cruz went 1-for-5 with a run against the Athletics on Saturday. Cruz made a successful return to the lineup from an ankle injury with no reports of a setback. He had been off to a hot start prior to going on the disabled list, hitting two home runs in two games. There's no reason to doubt he'll continue to produce now that he's back in the lineup in his customary cleanup spot.
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