Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

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 3 Months

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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 5 Months

Nelson Cruz ended a 14-game homer drought with a solo shot Wednesday against the Rays.

Cruz had been stuck on 21 since June 3, but he still has the major league lead anyway. Edwin Encarnacion and Giancarlo Stanton are two behind at 20.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 5 Months

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with an RBI in a loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Cruz had three singles on the day, including an RBI single in the sixth inning. The RBI was Cruz' AL-best 56th of the season as he remains among the league leaders in nearly every offensive category. The three hits raised his season line back up to .306/.375/.611.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 6 Months

Nelson Cruz (hand) is back in the Orioles' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Rangers.

Cruz suffered a left hand contusion Sunday when he was truck by a Scott Feldman pitch. X-rays were taken immediately and came back negative. The veteran slugger has 20 home runs and 52 RBI in 54 games this season.