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October 16, 2011 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Nelson Cruz and the Texas Rangers are headed to their second straight World Series, finishing off the Detroit Tigers to become the American League's first repeat champion in a decade. Cruz set a postseason record with his sixth home run of the series, Michael Young hit a pair of two-run doubles in a nine-run third inning, and the Rangers romped to a 15-5 win Saturday night that clinched the AL pennant in six games. They'll open the World Series on Wednesday night at either St. Louis or Milwaukee, seeking the first title in the history of a franchise that started play in 1961.
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October 17, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NELSON CRUZ already had his name etched in the 2011 AL Championship Series MVP trophy before he came to the plate in the seventh inning of Game 6. But when you have established yourself as the Texas Rangers' version of Mr. October and carry a "boomstick" and fire fake guns in the air after a big play, you have to leave the fans with something they'll remember in the clinching game. So with the Rangers already leading the Detroit Tigers', 13-4, Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, Cruz got a first-pitch, split-fingered fastball from Brad Penny and deposited it into the leftfield seats.
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December 3, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE SEATTLE Mariners are on the verge of landing the righthanded slugger they were seeking for the middle of their batting order. Free agent slugger Nelson Cruz and Seattle are nearing agreement on a contract, two people with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press yesterday. The pair spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized and was still pending a physical. El Caribe , in the Dominican Republic, first reported the agreement, saying it was worth $57 million for 4 years.
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July 17, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, who will be a member of the American League team for Tuesday's All-Star Game, had his name punched on more than two million of the fan ballots used to select the starting lineups. In fact, he received exactly 2,258,797 votes, which wasn't quite enough to earn him an automatic outfield spot, but he was added to the roster nevertheless in deference to his 22 home runs and 69 runs batted in this season. More than two million people - or one very dedicated Nelson Cruz fan more than two million times - decided he was a guy they wanted to see represent his team and the game on one of the biggest nights of the season.
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August 28, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Ian Kinsler and Chris Davis launched the loudest shots of the afternoon, and the way Jason Grilli and his bullpen pals kept things quiet, that tilted the game to Texas. Kinsler homered twice, a trio of relievers pitched shutout ball and the Rangers became the first visiting team to win a series at Yankee Stadium since mid-June, beating New York, 7-2, yesterday. Grilli, C.J. Wilson and Frank Francisco combined for 5 1/3 innings of two-hit relief. The Rangers remain in the thick of the pennant race, trying for their first playoff spot since 1999.
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June 5, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bunt controversy An old debate flared up during Wednesday's Tigers-Red Sox game - should a player try to break up a no-hitter with a bunt? Detroit's Gerald Laird tried to bunt his way on to lead off the sixth inning against Josh Beckett. Had the bunt not rolled foul, it would have been a hit. Beckett, who lost his no-hitter with two outs in the seventh, hit Laird with a pitch on his next at-bat. "It's only 4-0. It's the sixth inning. It's not like it was the eighth inning," Laird explained on MLB.com.
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October 22, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - One of Texas' hottest hitters will return to the lineup when the Rangers try to close out their American League Championship Series in Game 6 Friday against the visiting New York Yankees. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two. Texas manager Ron Washington said that Nelson Cruz will play. The outfielder left Wednesday's 7-2 loss in Game 5 with tightness in his left hamstring in the bottom of the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. "Nelly had a little tightness yesterday, and the way the weather was, I didn't take any chances," Washington said Thursday before his team held a workout at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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June 23, 2010 | By Bob Kelley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Yankees' Burnett not feeling it New York starter A.J. Burnett was already imploding. The trend took a garish turn in the first inning late Monday at Arizona. Burnett gave up three homers, one with two on, to put the Yankees in a 5-0 hole right out of the gate en route to an ugly 10-4 loss. On each of the pitches that were hit for homers, catcher Jorge Posada positioned his glove to take a pitch toward the outside, then had to jump back for the one that came right down the middle.
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October 15, 2011 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Nelson Cruz is again swinging his big boomstick in October for the Texas Rangers, who are one win from their second consecutive trip to the World Series. Only 31/2 years ago, Cruz was waived at the end of spring training but went unclaimed and was sent to the minors. It's been quite a turnaround. "That period of time in Nelson's life, he hadn't arrived yet. You know, we all got to experience things before we finally make our way to where we want to be," manager Ron Washington said Friday.
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July 23, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam and Nick Swisher had a three-run drive in a nine-run third inning and the New York Yankees ambushed the visiting Oakland Athletics early for a 17-7 victory last night. Swisher and Teixeira homered with two bases-loaded walks in between as the Yankees had their highest-scoring inning of the season - it was also the most runs allowed by the A's in an inning in 2011. The big inning followed a five-run burst against Trevor Cahill (8-9) in the second and sent Oakland to its 11th straight loss against New York.
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December 3, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE SEATTLE Mariners are on the verge of landing the righthanded slugger they were seeking for the middle of their batting order. Free agent slugger Nelson Cruz and Seattle are nearing agreement on a contract, two people with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press yesterday. The pair spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized and was still pending a physical. El Caribe , in the Dominican Republic, first reported the agreement, saying it was worth $57 million for 4 years.
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October 16, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WHILE THE Phillies' ruling triumvirate has given itself plenty of votes of confidence during the organization's 3-years-and-counting swan dive, it has yet to offer a compelling reason to believe that its long-term plan involves anything more comprehensive than a new scouting director and a click of the heels. Granted, the public equivocations of David Montgomery, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. are not definitive evidence of the absence of such a plan. They have their stadium and their cable contract, and thus little motivation to sell the public on their blueprint for the future.
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June 6, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE IS a good chance that, at some point over the next few months, you will find yourself in a conversation with a Phillies fan who attempts to downplay the ugliness that awaits this organization in the coming seasons. That fan will invoke the mighty dollar, regurgitating the numbers that he or she has heard or read during the last year or so. Franchises like the Phillies do not rebuild. They blow up the roster, clear the debris, and start writing checks all over again. Look at the Red Sox. Look at the Yankees.
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July 17, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, who will be a member of the American League team for Tuesday's All-Star Game, had his name punched on more than two million of the fan ballots used to select the starting lineups. In fact, he received exactly 2,258,797 votes, which wasn't quite enough to earn him an automatic outfield spot, but he was added to the roster nevertheless in deference to his 22 home runs and 69 runs batted in this season. More than two million people - or one very dedicated Nelson Cruz fan more than two million times - decided he was a guy they wanted to see represent his team and the game on one of the biggest nights of the season.
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September 4, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
JOE SAUNDERS began pondering perfection just one inning into his latest start. Saunders and three relievers combined on a three-hitter and the charging Baltimore Orioles blanked host Toronto, 4-0, Monday, cutting their AL East deficit to one game. "[Saunders] was the difference today," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. The Orioles, who took two of three at Yankee Stadium over the weekend, moved even closer to New York. The Yankees lost, 4-3, at Tampa Bay. J.J. Hardy drove in two runs as the Orioles won for the eighth time in 10 games.
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May 9, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BRANDON SNYDER homered and had a career-high six RBI against his former team, and the visiting Texas Rangers beat Baltimore, 14-3, Monday night to end the Orioles' five-game winning streak. Snyder, the Orioles' top draft choice in 2005, hit a two-run single in the second inning, a three-run drive in the sixth and an RBI single during a seven-run ninth. He played in only 16 games with Baltimore before the Rangers got him for cash considerations in January. "I'm probably going to have to wake up tomorrow and read something to make sure it happened," Snyder said.
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October 26, 2011 | By Kevin Sherrington, DALLAS MORNING NEWS
ST. LOUIS - On the eve of the World Series, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch celebrated 10 world titles, 18 pennants, and a century or more as a bona-fide baseball town by rolling out a fat special section under the theme, "Tradition. " Meanwhile, if you had piled up all the Rangers highlights from four decades in Texas, it wouldn't have filled a pamphlet. And yet here the Rangers are in St. Louis, baseball mecca, only one win away from a championship. They come back from an embarrassing, record-setting loss to win two straight and take the Series lead.
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October 22, 2011 | By Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - When Mike Napoli was playing for the other team, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler had a serious dislike for him. Sure, a lot of that had to do with Napoli playing for a division opponent for five years before he became part of a World Series team in Texas. There was also the way Napoli flipped his bat after hitting a home run or how the top button of his Angels jersey was often undone. "I would never tell you last year I would probably enjoy having him in the clubhouse," Kinsler said.
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October 17, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NELSON CRUZ already had his name etched in the 2011 AL Championship Series MVP trophy before he came to the plate in the seventh inning of Game 6. But when you have established yourself as the Texas Rangers' version of Mr. October and carry a "boomstick" and fire fake guns in the air after a big play, you have to leave the fans with something they'll remember in the clinching game. So with the Rangers already leading the Detroit Tigers', 13-4, Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, Cruz got a first-pitch, split-fingered fastball from Brad Penny and deposited it into the leftfield seats.
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October 16, 2011 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Nelson Cruz and the Texas Rangers are headed to their second straight World Series, finishing off the Detroit Tigers to become the American League's first repeat champion in a decade. Cruz set a postseason record with his sixth home run of the series, Michael Young hit a pair of two-run doubles in a nine-run third inning, and the Rangers romped to a 15-5 win Saturday night that clinched the AL pennant in six games. They'll open the World Series on Wednesday night at either St. Louis or Milwaukee, seeking the first title in the history of a franchise that started play in 1961.
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