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Nelson Cruz with two home runs in two games for Orioles (GIF)

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.

So far so good, as Cruz has two home runs in as many games with the Orioles after taking John Lackey deep on Wednesday night.

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And to the opposite field, no less. A nice start to the season for Cruz.

See also:

David Ortiz smashes a two-run home run (GIF)

Dustin Pedroia with the great diving play (GIF)

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