Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 4 Days

Cruz is out of the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of reports.

A loss to the Yankees on Thursday took the Orioles out of contention for the top record in the AL, so manager Buck Showalter will go ahead and give many of his regulars another rest day Friday. Cruz turned in a four-hit effort Wednesday, his second of the month, and is now sitting with a .273/.336/.527 batting line and 40 homers for the season.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 7 Days

Cruz went 3-for-5 and swatted his 40th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Cruz went from signing a contract late in February to likely finishing the week as MLB's home run leader while going north of 100 RBI as well. There was fear that his PED use might reflect in his 2014 numbers, but Cruz actually improved after leaving the Rangers. It will probably take multiple years and much more than $8 million to sign Cruz this off-season.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 23 Days

Cruz had a massive game Sunday against the Rays, going 4-for-5 with two homers while driving in all seven of the Orioles' runs in the team's 11-inning victory.

The pair of home runs boost Cruz's league-leading total to 39, with his two-run shot in the top of the 11th proving to be the difference maker. Though Cruz's batting average has been on a steady decline from its peak mark of .319 in early June, his ability to stay healthy this season has allowed him to churn out the best power numbers of his career in his age-34 campaign. With Chris Davis noticing close to a 300-point downgrade in his OPS this season, the February signing of Cruz has looked like an especially shrewd move by the Orioles.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 29 Days

Cruz made his one hit count Monday, cracking a home run off of Glen Perkins in the Orioles' loss to the Twins.

Cruz's home run was his 36th of the year�three more than Chris Carter and Jose Abreu in the AL and two better than Giancarlo Stanton in the NL. The veteran's batting average has been slipping for the past few months, but the power and RBI numbers should remain strong through the end of the season.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 1 Month

Cruz blasted his league-leading 33rd home runs of the season Wednesday in a 1-for-5 night against the White Sox.

The slugger also collected his 85th and 86th RBI of the season, good for sixth in the majors. Cruz is hitting only .219 in August, but overall he owns a .258/.326/.516 line.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-6 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

Cruz followed up a five-hit day with a three-hit performance, knocking in a run with a single in the seventh inning. With just a few games before the All-Star break, Cruz still leads the AL in a number of offensive categories, including home runs and RBI. The outfielder is hitting .290/.356/.582 on the year.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz went 5-for-5 with a home run and two RBI as the Orioles took the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Red Sox by a score of 7-4.

Cruz nearly had a cycle, but he was thrown out at third base in the top of the eighth inning. He officially had two doubles, a solo homer, and two singles. Cruz also stole a base -- his third of the year. The 34-year-old is batting .286/.353/.581 and he's on pace for 50 home runs and 130 RBI.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

Cruz added to the Orioles' first-inning lead with a solo shot, keeping pace with Jose Abreu -- who homered earlier in the day -- for the major league home run lead at 26. Cruz is already eight home runs away from setting a new career-high, and he's slashing .280/.348/.573 with 67 RBI on the season.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-5 with an eighth-inning, game-tying grand slam in Wednesday's 12-inning victory over the White Sox.

The Orioles weren't able to get anything going offensively until Cruz erased a 4-0 deficit with one swing. Cruz blasted a grand slam off of reliever Javy Guerra, which allowed the Orioles to eventually notch a walk-off win. Cruz's excellent season continues, as he has 24 home runs, 64 RBI, and a .293/.360/.590 slash line.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz clubbed his 23rd home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

It was a two-run shot. After going 14 games with a home run, Cruz has now gone deep in two out of the last three games. He's currently tied with Edwin Encarnacion for the major league lead in home runs and ranks second (behind Encarnacion) with 60 RBI.