When the Baltimore Orioles signed Nelson Cruz to a one-year, $8 million deal, all that both sides could hope for is a mutually beneficial relationship over the course of the 2014 season.
For the Orioles that would a season where Cruz brings enough thump to the lineup to help them stay afloat in a tough American League East despite their sub-par pitching staff. For Cruz that would be a season in which he re-establishes his value and distances himself from the PED suspension that marred his 2013 campaign.
And to the opposite field, no less. A nice start to the season for Cruz.
Cruuuuuuz does it again. A two-run shot just over RF scoreboard. 2-2 now. His second HR in two games
— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) April 3, 2014