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August 9, 2020 02:12 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Smacks solo homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Royals.

After sitting out of the starting lineup for a day, Cruz returned with his first long ball since July 26 (fourth this season). He was still hitting for average even during that power outage and that cliff does not appear to be anywhere on the horizon for the 40-year-old.

August 7, 2020 03:16 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Not in Friday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz will get the day off Friday against Kansas City.

Cruz will sit for the first time this season after starting each of the team's first 13 games. He hasn't homered since the third game of the year but still owns a strong .373/.418/.608 slash line. Eddie Rosario will rest hist legs as the designated hitter, with Jake Cave starting in left field.

August 4, 2020 06:32 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Plays hero Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI in Monday's 5-4 win over the Pirates.

While he didn't put on his usual power display, Cruz came through when it counted -- his ball into the gap in the ninth inning only counted for a single, but it brought home Jorge Polanco with the winning run. Cruz is hitting .359 (14-for-39) through his first 10 games of 2020 with three homers and an incredible 14 RBI, tying him with Aaron Judge for the league lead.

July 27, 2020 02:12 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Clocks two homers in rout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 4-for-5 with two home runs, two doubles, seven RBI and four runs scored in Sunday's 14-2 victory over the White Sox.

Cruz hit a solo shot in the fourth inning before pushing the game well out of reach with a three-run blast in the eighth. He's come out of the gate firing with three long balls, 10 RBI and an OPS over 1.900 through his first 14 plate appearances. The 40-year-old designated hitter refuses to show any signs of aging.

July 26, 2020 09:16 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Clubs three-run homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer during Saturday's 10-3 loss to the White Sox.

The Twins didn't get much going offensively all afternoon, but Cruz was able to send a pitch 399 feet to left field, accounting for all the club's scoring. The veteran slugger is off to a strong start in 2020, going 3-for-8 with a home run, three runs scored, three RBI and a walk through two games.

July 15, 2020 03:56 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Powers up Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz took teammate Randy Dobnak deep for a line-drive home run to left-center field Monday in an intrasquad game, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

Cruz doesn't appear to have missed a beat from spring training, when he slashed .435/.458/.913 during the Grapefruit League. Even after having recently turned 40 years old, Cruz remains one of the game's premier sluggers. He should be a four-category fantasy asset in 2020 while occupying a spot in the heart of the order of a stacked Twins lineup.

March 20, 2020 12:40 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Mashed in Grapefruit League
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 10-for-23 with three home runs, two doubles and a walk during Grapefruit League play, good for a .435/.458/.913 slash line.

The 39-year-old slugger continues to show no signs of slowing down. He will be ready to anchor the middle of the Twins' lineup whenever play resumes.

February 24, 2020 10:08 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Checks back into lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) will bat third and will serve as the Twins' designated hitter Monday in the Twins' Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.

As anticipated, the bruise Cruz suffered on his left wrist after being drilled by a pitch during batting practice last week proved to be only a minor concern. The 39-year-old's appearances this spring may be limited while the Twins aim to preserve his health for the games that count, but the fact that he's included in the Grapefruit League this early in the exhibition schedule at least suggests all is well on the health front.

February 23, 2020 10:16 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Set to play Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Rocco Baldelli said Cruz (wrist) will play in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The veteran slugger suffered the bruised wrist as a result of being hit by a pitch during batting practice last week, but it'll only delay his 2020 spring debut by a few days. Cruz should be able to make his usual preparations for the season after posting a 1.031 OPS with 41 home runs last year.

February 19, 2020 01:44 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Avoids major injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz suffered nothing worse than a bruise on his wrist after getting hit by a pitch during Wednesday's batting practice, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

Cruz walked off the field and was quickly checked out by team trainers, who confirmed that he'd avoided significant injury. It doesn't sound as though his preparation for the upcoming season will be significantly affected, though it's possible he's held back from participating in the team's first few spring games.

February 19, 2020 12:36 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Gets hit in batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz walked off the field after getting hit by a pitch during batting practice Wednesday, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

Cruz walked into the dugout and was checked on by team trainers. Whether the team is seriously concerned about an injury or if this is simply an abundance of caution in early spring remains to be seen.

October 9, 2019 11:00 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Gets 2020 option picked up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins informed Cruz on Wednesday that they would exercise his $12 million team option for 2020, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Cruz showed no sign of skill degradation in his age-39 campaign, establishing a new career high in OPS (1.031) while racking up 108 RBI in just 120 games as the No. 3 hitter in a power-packed Twins lineup. Even if some regression sets in for Cruz during the 2020 campaign, his salary should still make him a major bargain for Minnesota.

September 29, 2019 11:20 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Day off Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Kansas City.

Cruz went 5-for-8 with a double, a home run and two RBI in the first two games of the series, and he'll take a seat for the finale with the Twins' playoff position locked in place. Miguel Sano will serve as the designated hitter while Ronald Torreyes starts at the hot corner.

September 28, 2019 08:00 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Hits game-winning homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's win over the Royals.

Cruz's homer, an eighth-inning shot off Jacob Barnes, broke a 3-3 tie and proved to be the game's winning run. He now has 41 homers on the season, tying him for third in the American League.

September 28, 2019 06:20 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Posts three-hit game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-2 win over the Royals on Friday.

Cruz opened the scoring in the first with a single to plate Miguel Sano. The designated hitter has is batting .448 with three homers, 10 RBI and eight runs scored during a seven-game hitting streak. For the year, the 39-year-old owns a .309/.391/.631 slash line with 40 homers, 107 RBI and 80 runs scored.

September 26, 2019 11:20 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Rests after clincher
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz is not in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers.

The Twins clinched a division title Wednesday, so most of the everyday position players will take a seat in this day game. Jonathan Schoop is starting at designated hitter and batting fifth.

September 23, 2019 11:36 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Hits 400th career homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and four RBI with two walks in a 12-8 victory against the Royals on Sunday.

The long ball was both Cruz's 40th of the season and 400th of his career. At 39, Cruz has experienced a terrific 2019 season, as he reached the 40-homer and 100-RBI clubs in the same season for the third time in his career and first time since 2016. Cruz may also bat .300 this year for the first time since 2015. He's hitting .303 with 40 home runs, 105 RBI and 79 runs in 439 at-bats this season.

September 20, 2019 02:00 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Cranks two long balls
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and five RBI in Thursday's win over the Royals.

Cruz belted a three-run homer to get the Twins on the board in the third inning and capped the scoring with a two-run shot in the seventh. The multi-homer game was his seventh this season and brought Cruz to within one long ball of his fourth campaign of 40-plus home runs. The 39-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down in his first season in Minnesota, slashing .299/.384/.626 with 39 homers, 102 RBI and a 1.010 OPS in 113 games.

September 15, 2019 09:44 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Receives breather Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Cleveland.

Cruz started the last five contests and went 3-for-18 with two home runs and nine strikeouts, and he'll take a seat in Sunday's series finale. Luis Arraez will serve as the designated hitter while Jonathan Schoop starts at the keystone Sunday.

September 15, 2019 12:04 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Launches 37th homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cuz went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run homer and a pair of runs in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Cleveland.

Cruz tied the game with a homer Carlos Carrasco in the sixth inning, his 37th homer of the year. He's now tied last season's home run total in 35 fewer games and is just three homers away from reaching the 40-homer plateau for the fourth time in his career. The home run that gets him to that mark will be the 400th home run of his career.

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