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Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Drives in one, scores twice

Cruz went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored Wednesday against the Pirates. Cruz drove in his run with a single in the first inning and has delivered nine RBI across his last nine starts. Despite the strong counting stat production, he has maintained just a .166 average across his last 15 games. Overall, Cruz has a .249/.333/.385 line across 302 plate appearances on the season.
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Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Three-RBI game

Cruz went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in a 6-4 win over the Rangers on Sunday. The veteran slugger continues to swing a hot bat. This time he came up big with runners in scoring position, hitting two singles to plate three runs. Cruz now has hits in five of his past six games and has produced 43 RBI on the season.
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Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez talks Joe Ross, second TJS; Lane Thomas and Nelson Cruz heating up + more

Joe Ross and the Washington Nationals were hoping the 29-year-old right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, then suffered a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow in ‘21, would be able to avoid a second TJS. But after rehab, and surgery to remove a bone spur, a second Tommy John surgery was recommended when he was shut down with tightness in his elbow after just one start in the minors this season.
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Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Steals second bag

Cruz went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's loss to the Brewers. There's still a little juice left in Cruz's 41-year-old legs, as he stole his second bag of the year in the third inning off the battery of Jason Alexander and Omar Narvaez. Cruz's bat has also come to life lately, and over his last eight starts he's batting .469 (15-for-32) with three homers and eight RBI.
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Nelson Cruz delivers four hits in return to lineup in Nationals' 11-5 win

It was a whirlwind 24 hours for Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz. On Thursday, he was scratched from the lineup against the Miami Marlins with back tightness. That led to him being scheduled for an MRI Friday morning. But by evening, Cruz was back in the lineup for the start of the Nationals’ homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers.
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Nelson Cruz delivers four hits in return to lineup

It was a whirlwind 24 hours for Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz. On Thursday he was scratched from the lineup against the Miami Marlins with back tightness. That led to him being scheduled for an MRI Friday morning. But, by evening Cruz was back in the lineup for the start of the Nationals’ homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers.
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Nationals DH Nelson Cruz scheduled for MRI on back

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez provided a concerning update on Nelson Cruz after the veteran slugger was scratched from Thursday’s game. Following the Nationals’ 7-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, Martinez informed reporters Cruz was pulled from the lineup due to back tightness, according to MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. What’s more troubling is the fact Cruz is scheduled for an MRI on Friday.
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Nationals provide concerning update on Nelson Cruz after being scratched from game

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez provided a concerning update on Nelson Cruz after the veteran slugger was scratched from Thursday’s game. Following the Nationals’ 7-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, Martinez informed reporters Cruz was pulled from the lineup due to back tightness, according to MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. What’s more troubling is the fact Cruz is scheduled for an MRI on Friday.
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Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Racks up four hits in return

Cruz went 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs in Friday's 11-5 win over the Brewers. After missing Thursday's loss to Miami due to back tightness, Cruz returned to the lineup Friday and posted his first four-hit game of the season. The 41-year-old has three multi-hit performances over the last seven matchups, and he's hit .414 with two homers, five runs and five RBI during that time.
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Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Returns to lineup

Cruz (back) is starting Friday against the Brewers. Cruz was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to back tightness, but he'll serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup during Friday's series opener against Milwaukee. Over his last five games, the 41-year-old has hit .400 with a homer, a double, three RBI and two runs.
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Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Dealing with back tightness

Cruz was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Marlins due to back tightness, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Cruz was originally scratched for undisclosed reasons. The severity of the issue is not yet known, though manager Dave Martinez said Cruz is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday. Yadiel Hernandez took over as the designated hitter, and Lane Thomas would also likely benefit if Cruz is out for an extended amount of time.
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Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Late scratch Thursday

Cruz was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Marlins for an undisclosed reason. While a reason for Cruz's scratch wasn't given, he was removed from the lineup several minutes before the start of the game. Yadiel Hernandez will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth.
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Mariners Trade-a-Day: Nelson Cruz

Nobody loves their stars more than Mariners fans. They idolize those who endear themselves to the fanbase even after a player has moved well past his prime. Be it Kyle Seager or Félix Hernández, Mariners fans will always love players they deem "theirs." One player who has achieved such status despite only having played four years for the team is Nelson Cruz. It's been four years since Cruz donned the northwest green, but could that change this summer?
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Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Returns to lineup

Cruz (ankle) is starting Wednesday's game against the Mets. Cruz was held out of Tuesday's lineup after he was hit by a pitch above his left ankle Monday, but he'll serve as the designated hitter and bat third during Wednesday's matchup. The 41-year-old has recorded hits in 10 of his last 11 games, and he's hit .432 with five doubles, seven RBI, six runs and a stolen base during that time.
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Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Three walks in loss

Cruz (ankle) went 0-for-1 with three walks in Wednesday's 5-0 loss to the Mets. Cruz missed one game after being hit by a pitch above his left ankle Monday. The designated hitter wasn't able to get a hit against Carlos Carrasco and three Mets relievers, but the three walks were a season high for Cruz. The 41-year-old is up to an 11.3 percent walk rate this year. He's added a .235/.325/.341 slash line with four home runs, 27 RBI, 23 runs scored, six doubles and a stolen base through 47 contests.
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