Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Cleveland. Cruz took Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie deep in the sixth inning. The 41-year-old designated hitter has just two hits in 12 at-bats for Tampa Bay, but both of those hits have landed beyond the fence. Overall, Cruz is slashing a robust .289/.367/.542 with 21 homers, 52 RBI, 47 runs scored and three stolen bases through 357 plate appearances.
Cruz went 1-for-4 with a home run, a walk and an additional run scored in Friday's win over Cleveland. Cruz started his tenure with Tampa Bay by sending one of Zach Plesac's offerings in the third inning over the right field fence -- it was his first long ball with the Rays and his 20th of the season. The veteran will operate as Tampa Bay's main designated hitter and will continue to deliver value across all formats as long as he keeps mashing as he has all season long. He shows no signs of slowing down despite being 41 years old.
Cruz and Calvin Faucher were traded from the Twins to the Rays on Thursday in exchange for Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Cruz was drawing interest from National League and American League clubs recently, but he'll remain in the AL once Thursday's trade is made official. The 41-year-old slugger has slashed .294/.370/.537 with 19 home runs, 50 RBI, 44 runs and three stolen bases this year. Cruz should serve as the Rays' primary option at designated hitter going forward.
Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI during the first half of Monday's doubleheader win over the White Sox. Cruz evened up the score in the sixth inning with a blast off Lance Lynn. The 41-year-old veteran has had a powerful season so far, tallying a team-leading 19 long balls to date. He also leads the Twins in batting average (.302), RBI (49), on-base percentage (.379) and hits (86).
Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, a steal, an RBI and a run scored in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. Cruz doubled and scored in the first inning and then later singled home a run in the fifth. He reached for a third time in extra innings after being hit by a pitch and eventually stole second for his third stolen bag of the year. Age continues to be just a number for Cruz. The 40-year-old is slashing .305/.382/.548 with 18 homers, 47 RBI, 42 runs scored and a 33:58 BB:K over 322 plate appearances. Cruz is playing on a one-year contract and could certainly be a trade candidate for contending teams as the trade deadline gets closer.