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May 13, 2021 03:28 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Slams ninth homer
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Cruz went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in the Twins' 13-8 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday.

Cruz took Dallas Keuchel deep in the first inning for his ninth home run of the season. It was Cruz's third straight game with two hits. The 40-year-old leads the Twins with nine home runs, 22 RBI and 22 runs scored. He is slashing .303/.353/.563 in 133 plate appearances. The slugger is hitting a home run every 13.22 at-bats this season.

May 2, 2021 01:36 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Smashes eighth homer
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Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in an 11-3 loss to Kansas City on Saturday.

Cruz smashed his eighth home run in the eighth inning although it proved irrelevant as the Twins lost big to Kansas City. In his age-40 season, Cruz remains one of the most feared hitters in the American League.

April 28, 2021 06:24 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Knocks in two more runs
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Cruz went 2-for-4 with one walk, two RBI and one run scored during Wednesday's 10-2 win at Cleveland.

The 40-year-old didn't have any extra-base hits Wednesday, but he brought two runs home with a bases-loaded single during the second inning. Cruz has a 1.054 OPS for the season and is 9-for-28 with three home runs, a triple, nine RBI and seven runs over the past seven games.

April 27, 2021 11:40 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Continues hitting well
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Cruz went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored during Tuesday's 7-4 loss at Cleveland.

The veteran slugger and Byron Buxton continue to power Minnesota's offense but aren't receiving much help from the supporting cast. Cruz has a .329/.364/.686 slash line with seven home runs, two doubles, one triple, 16 RBI and 15 runs through 21 games this season.

April 25, 2021 06:28 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Smashes seventh homer
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Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Pirates.

Cruz went deep in the eighth inning off Pirates reliever Chris Stratton. The 40-year-old Cruz continues to deliver power with seven homers, 15 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .323/.362/.694 slash line through 69 plate appearances. He was able to play all three games versus the Pirates this weekend, going 2-for-11 in that span after battling a foot injury earlier in the week.

April 23, 2021 06:28 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Starting Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (foot) is batting third as the designated hitter for Friday's game versus the Pirates, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

The veteran slugger played through a foot injury Wednesday and clubbed two homers before eventually being removed, and he's back in the lineup Friday following a scheduled day off for the Twins. Cruz appears fine for now, but it's worth keeping an eye on his status as he was noticeably bothered by the foot issue Wednesday.

April 22, 2021 10:08 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Two homers while playing hurt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 2-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and one strikeout Wednesday against the A's. He was noticeably bothered by the foot injury he suffered in Tuesday's game and was eventually pinch hit for.

He was hit on the right foot by a pitch in Tuesday's game and lifted for a pinch runner. Cruz was limping around the bases after hitting his second homer Wednesday. The Twins have an off day Thursday, but Cruz should be considered questionable for Friday's game against the Pirates. Since Minnesota is playing host in the interleague series, they'll at least have the designated hitter spot available.

April 21, 2021 01:32 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Cleared for DH duties
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (foot) will serve as the Twins' designated hitter and bat third Wednesday against the Athletics.

Cruz was pulled late in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader loss to Oakland after he was hit by a pitch on the foot, but his inclusion in the lineup a day later would seem to suggest his removal was merely precautionary. With four Twins position players on the COVID-19 injured list and Miguel Sano battling a hamstring injury, Cruz's availability for Wednesday's series finale is even more crucial for Minnesota than usual.

April 21, 2021 09:44 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Hit on foot by pitch
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Cruz was hit by a pitch on the foot in the final inning of Tuesday's doubleheader against the A's and was lifted for a pinch runner, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports. He was seen limping back to the dugout and will be reevaluated Wednesday.

Cruz went hitless in both ends of the doubleheader, with the Twins getting shut out in both games. Nonetheless, the 40-year-old has looked as locked in as ever at the plate to open the season, hitting .348/.396/.652 with four homers and 10 RBI, so those rostering him in fantasy have to be holding their breath for good news.

April 14, 2021 12:40 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Checks back into lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (illness) will serve as the Twins' designated hitter and bat third Wednesday in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Red Sox, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Per Do-Hyoung Park of, manager Rocco Baldelli said Cruz is feeling "a lot better" after the illness resulted in the veteran slugger being scratched from the lineup ahead of Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Boston. Cruz will put a six-game hit streak on the line as he returns to the lineup for the front end of the twin bill, though it's uncertain whether the Twins will want to have him play in the nightcap while he works his way back from the illness.

April 13, 2021 02:44 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Scratched with illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins scratched Cruz from the lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Red Sox due to a non-COVID-19 illness, Megan Ryan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Miguel Sano will step in as the Twins' designated hitter in place of Cruz, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Cruz is day-to-day and will look to move past the illness in time for a doubleheader with Boston on Wednesday.

April 11, 2021 10:40 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Clubs fourth homer
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Cruz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

The 40-year-old deposited his fourth homer of the season into the right-field seats during the third inning, but Minnesota managed only one more run the rest of the afternoon. Cruz is in the midst of a five-game hit streak and is 9-for-22 with four home runs, one double and eight RBI during that stretch.

April 6, 2021 11:20 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Smacks third homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 3-for-5 with a solo home run during Tuesday's 10-inning loss to the Tigers.

The veteran slugger went deep to right field during the seventh inning to bring Minnesota within a run, and he also added a pair of singles. Cruz was limited to pinch-hit duties the opening series at Milwaukee, but he's come on strong against Detroit and is now 7-for-13 with three homers, two doubles and seven RBI through five games this season.

April 5, 2021 09:32 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Belts grand slam in win
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Cruz went 3-for-6 with a double, two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored Monday against Detroit.

Cruz crushed his first home run of the season in the second inning, a grand slam that put the Twins ahead 6-0. He would leave the yard again in the top of the fifth with nobody on base. The veteran slugger is off to a hot start despite sitting out the first series of the season due to the lack of a DH slot in Milwaukee.

April 5, 2021 12:40 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Won't start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

As expected, Cruz will remain on the bench for the third game in a row to begin the season with no designated hitter available in Milwaukee. Cruz, who has gone 1-for-2 as a pinch hitter, should pick up his first start of 2021 in Monday's game in Detroit.

April 3, 2021 03:08 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Sits again in NL park
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz remains stuck on the bench Saturday in Milwaukee.

Cruz hasn't played an inning in the field since 2018, and there's no reason to believe that will change this year. He struck out as a pinch hitter in Thursday's season opener and won't get the chance to come to the plate more than once in this one. Cruz should make his first start of the season when the Twins return to an American League park Monday against the Tigers.

April 1, 2021 11:24 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Stuck on bench in NL park
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz won't start Thursday's Opening Day game against the Brewers.

With the Twins' first series taking place in a National League park, there's no place for Cruz to play. He hasn't played a single inning in the field since joining Minnesota in 2019, and that's unlikely to suddenly change in his age-40 season. He'll be limited to pinch-hit at-bats until the Twins head to Detroit on Monday.

March 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Batting third in spring finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz will start at designated hitter and bat third in Tuesday's Grapefruit League finale against the Pirates.

Manager Rocco Baldelli will roll out a full lineup of projected regulars against Pittsburgh right-hander JT Brubaker, so Cruz tentatively appears on track to begin the season as the Twins' No. 3 hitter. Cruz may not get the opportunity to pick up his first start of the season until next week, however, as the Twins won't have a designated hitter available for their three-game series in Milwaukee that begins Thursday. The lack of a universal DH in 2021 means that Cruz's fantasy managers will have to track his matchups closely each week before setting lineups, but the 40-year-old should still prove to be a solid investment, given the year-to-year consistency he's shown in his power production and batting average. Cruz heads into Tuesday's spring finale with a .244/.244/.415 slash line over 14 Grapefruit League games.

March 3, 2021 11:40 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Homers in spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 1-for-3 with a home run in his spring debut Wednesday. It's the second straight spring and fifth time in eight seasons he's homered in his first game of spring training, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Cruz may play sparingly in spring training to keep the 40-year old fresh for the season, but he showed it won't take many at bats for him to be ready. Cruz has a .308/.394/.626 slash line with 57 homers, 32 doubles and 141 RBI in 173 games over the past two seasons as the Twins' designated hitter.

February 2, 2021 11:52 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Re-signs with Minnesota
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with the Twins on Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

The veteran slugger may have officially remained unsigned into February, but Minnesota always appeared to be his likeliest designation throughout the offseason. Cruz has a .308/.394/.626 slash line with 57 homers, 32 doubles and 141 RBI in 173 games over the past two seasons as the Twins' designated hitter, and he'll be back with the team for a third straight year in 2021.

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Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic
Minnesota Twins

MLB Experience:

2011: AL LCS MVP
2014: AL Home Run Champion
2017: AL RBI Leader