|Nov. 4 4:02 PM PT5:02 PM MT6:02 PM CT7:02 PM ET19:02 ET0:02 GMT8:02 CST5:02 PM MST7:02 PM EST7:32 PM VEN4:02 UAE (+1)6:02 PM CT-Cruz got a $14.1 million qualifying contract offer Monday from the Texas Rangers.
Analysis: Cruz served a 50-game suspension this year as a result of MLB's investigation in the Biogenesis case. He was able to play in the AL wild-card tiebreaker after serving his penalty. If Cruz declines the offer and signs with another team, the Rangers would get a compensatory pick at the end of the first round of the 2014 draft. Cruz has until next Monday to make his decision.
|Sep. 30 1:29 PM PT2:29 PM MT3:29 PM CT4:29 PM ET16:29 ET20:29 GMT4:29 CST1:29 PM MST3:29 PM EST3:59 PM VEN0:29 UAE (+1)3:29 PM CT-Cruz is back in the Texas Rangers lineup after completing his 50-game suspension.
Analysis: The Texas Rangers reinstated their slugger from the restricted list Monday before the AL wild-card tiebreaker game against Tampa Bay. It was a day after the end of his penalty that followed Major League Baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
|Aug. 30 3:29 PM PT4:29 PM MT5:29 PM CT6:29 PM ET18:29 ET22:29 GMT6:29 CST3:29 PM MST5:29 PM EST5:59 PM VEN2:29 UAE (+1)5:29 PM CT-Suspended slugger Nelson Cruz wants to be ready if the Texas Rangers make the playoffs, and has shown up at the ballpark to say so. Cruz apologized to the organization and its fans Friday in his first public appearance since he was among 13 players banned 50 games over their relationship with a closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.
Analysis: The right fielder took batting practice and will go to the Arizona instructional league in a bid to be ready when his ban ends after the regular season. The Rangers started Friday with a 3-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. Cruz went home to the Dominican Republic soon after he was suspended Aug. 5. The Rangers suggested his return to Texas, and he agreed.
|Aug. 13 3:11 PM PT4:11 PM MT5:11 PM CT6:11 PM ET18:11 ET22:11 GMT6:11 CST3:11 PM MST5:11 PM EST5:41 PM VEN2:11 UAE (+1)5:11 PM CT-Cruz is heading home to the Dominican Republic, where he will work out before returning to Texas later this month. General manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Cruz will spend about 12 days in the Dominican. The All-Star right fielder has a home gym and will visit the team's complex there.
Analysis: Cruz was suspended for the final 50 games of the regular season in Major League Baseball's investigation into a Florida clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. He was one of 13 MLB players disciplined last week. The Rangers want Cruz to stay in as good of baseball shape as possible, but Daniels says no decision has been made about Cruz playing in the postseason if Texas makes the playoffs.
|Aug. 8 7:50 AM PT8:50 AM MT9:50 AM CT10:50 AM ET10:50 ET14:50 GMT22:50 CST7:50 AM MST9:50 AM EST10:20 AM VEN18:50 UAE9:50 AM CT-Cruz has been suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug program.
Analysis: The suspension was announced Monday.
|Aug. 5 10:55 AM PT11:55 AM MT12:55 PM CT1:55 PM ET13:55 ET17:55 GMT1:55 CST10:55 AM MST12:55 PM EST1:25 PM VEN21:55 UAE12:55 PM CT-Cruz acknowledged Monday that he made an "error in judgment'' and accepted his 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball in its drug case.
Analysis: The loss of Cruz is a big hit for Texas, as the outfielder leads the club with 27 homers and 76 RBIs. He will miss the rest of the regular season for the playoff-contending Rangers.
|Aug. 4 10:39 PM PT11:39 PM MT12:39 AM CT1:39 AM ET1:39 ET5:39 GMT13:39 CST10:39 PM MST12:39 AM EST1:09 AM VEN9:39 UAE12:39 AM CT-Cruz was back in the lineup Sunday for Texas.
Analysis: Cruz came up limping after running out a ground out in the eighth inning Saturday. Be wary of using him starting Monday since he will likely be suspended by MLB for the Biogenesis scandal.
|Aug. 1 3:14 PM PT4:14 PM MT5:14 PM CT6:14 PM ET18:14 ET22:14 GMT6:14 CST3:14 PM MST5:14 PM EST5:44 PM VEN2:14 UAE (+1)5:14 PM CT-Cruz hit his 25th homer in the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday despite the cloud of a possible suspension hanging over his head.
Analysis: Cruz would figure to have a shot to surpass his career-best total of 33 homers from 2009 if he isn't suspended.
|Aug. 1 2:00 PM PT3:00 PM MT4:00 PM CT5:00 PM ET17:00 ET21:00 GMT5:00 CST2:00 PM MST4:00 PM EST4:30 PM VEN1:00 UAE (+1)4:00 PM CT-Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz says he hasn't made any decision about a possible appeal if he is suspended as a result of Major League Baseball's latest drug investigation. When asked Thursday's whether he had been told specifically what penalty could be forthcoming, Cruz responded, "No, I can not tell you, sorry." He sighed when asked if there was any indication when he might know something, then said, "It's tough. Sorry."
Analysis: The All-Star right fielder, whose 25 home runs and 73 RBIs lead the Rangers, was in the lineup batting sixth against Arizona. Cruz is among 14 players targeted for discipline because of their relationship to a closed Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly distributed banned performance-enhancing drugs. He appears to be facing a 50-game suspension as a first offender under baseball's drug program.
|July 31 4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 CST4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT-Cruz was in the Texas Rangers lineup despite a bruised left quad and uncertainty of whether he would be suspended by Major League Baseball in its drug investigation related to the Biogenesis case.
Analysis: Rangers manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels both say Wednesday that they have heard nothing official about Cruz's status.
|July 23 6:23 PM PT7:23 PM MT8:23 PM CT9:23 PM ET21:23 ET1:23 GMT9:23 CST6:23 PM MST8:23 PM EST8:53 PM VEN5:23 UAE (+1)8:23 PM CT-Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says Cruz has done a good job of separating his job on the field from the lingering questions off it.
Analysis: Cruz is among more than a dozen players linked in media reports to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Among the others are three-time AL MVP Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun.
|July 23 7:50 AM PT8:50 AM MT9:50 AM CT10:50 AM ET10:50 ET14:50 GMT22:50 CST7:50 AM MST9:50 AM EST10:20 AM VEN18:50 UAE9:50 AM CT-Cruz went yard and had two hits in a 3-0 win over the Yanks on Monday.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should be careful since Cruz is among more than a dozen other players also targeted by MLB for having connections to the now-closed anti-aging clinic in Miami that resulted in Ryan Braun's suspension. "I guess it is what it is. I don't have any comment,'' Cruz said when asked about Braun.
|July 14 7:58 AM PT8:58 AM MT9:58 AM CT10:58 AM ET10:58 ET14:58 GMT22:58 CST7:58 AM MST9:58 AM EST10:28 AM VEN18:58 UAE9:58 AM CT-Cruz had four hits in Saturday's 7-1 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Cruz leads the Rangers with 22 homers and 69 RBIs.
|July 7 12:27 PM PT1:27 PM MT2:27 PM CT3:27 PM ET15:27 ET19:27 GMT3:27 CST12:27 PM MST2:27 PM EST2:57 PM VEN23:27 UAE2:27 PM CT-Cruz went 3 for 4 with a homer in Saturday's 9-5 loss to Houston.
Analysis: Cruz has homered in two straight games for the third time this season.
|June 27 1:04 PM PT2:04 PM MT3:04 PM CT4:04 PM ET16:04 ET20:04 GMT4:04 CST1:04 PM MST3:04 PM EST3:34 PM VEN0:04 UAE (+1)3:04 PM CT-Cruz homered and the Rangers got consecutive two-run doubles from Adrian Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski in an 8-5 victory over Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees.
Analysis: Cruz's two RBIs gave him 13 in nine games.
|June 23 9:01 AM PT10:01 AM MT11:01 AM CT12:01 PM ET12:01 ET16:01 GMT0:01 CST9:01 AM MST11:01 AM EST11:31 AM VEN20:01 UAE11:01 AM CT-Cruz went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer to help Texas beat the Cardinals 4-2 on Saturday.
Analysis: Cruz is 10 for 25 (.400) with three homers and 11 RBIs in his last six games.
|June 18 12:02 PM PT1:02 PM MT2:02 PM CT3:02 PM ET15:02 ET19:02 GMT3:02 CST12:02 PM MST2:02 PM EST2:32 PM VEN23:02 UAE2:02 PM CT-Cruz homered twice and the Rangers ended a six-game losing streak with an 8-7 victory over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics, matching their run total during what had been the majors' longest active skid.
Analysis: Cruz has seven homers and 15 RBIs in the last 21 games.
|June 14 1:58 PM PT2:58 PM MT3:58 PM CT4:58 PM ET16:58 ET20:58 GMT4:58 CST1:58 PM MST3:58 PM EST4:28 PM VEN0:58 UAE (+1)3:58 PM CT-Cruz went 2 for 3, including his 16th homer, in a 3-1 loss to Toronto on Thursday.
Analysis: Cruz is hitting .353 with two homers and four RBIs over his last five games.
|June 10 12:45 PM PT1:45 PM MT2:45 PM CT3:45 PM ET15:45 ET19:45 GMT3:45 CST12:45 PM MST2:45 PM EST3:15 PM VEN23:45 UAE2:45 PM CT-Cruz went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs in Sunday's 6-4 win over Toronto.
Analysis: Cruz was hitless in 10 at-bats in his previous two games.
|June 8 10:04 PM PT11:04 PM MT12:04 AM CT1:04 AM ET1:04 ET5:04 GMT13:04 CST10:04 PM MST12:04 AM EST12:34 AM VEN9:04 UAE12:04 AM CT-Cruz got the day off Friday, but he also said he's been dealing with hamstring issues.
Analysis: He's considered day to day.
|June 1 12:22 PM PT1:22 PM MT2:22 PM CT3:22 PM ET15:22 ET19:22 GMT3:22 CST12:22 PM MST2:22 PM EST2:52 PM VEN23:22 UAE2:22 PM CT-Cruz hit a three-run bomb in a 7-2 victory over the weary Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Analysis: Cruz is 9 for 26 with six RBIs in a six-game run.
|May 27 12:11 PM PT1:11 PM MT2:11 PM CT3:11 PM ET15:11 ET19:11 GMT3:11 CST12:11 PM MST2:11 PM EST2:41 PM VEN23:11 UAE2:11 PM CT-Cruz went 3 for 5 in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the M's.
Analysis: Cruz and the Rangers play a DH on Monday against the D-Backs so fantasy owners should take full advantage and get a leg up on the competition.
|May 17 10:41 AM PT11:41 AM MT12:41 PM CT1:41 PM ET13:41 ET17:41 GMT1:41 CST10:41 AM MST12:41 PM EST1:11 PM VEN21:41 UAE12:41 PM CT-Cruz went deep again Thursday in a 10-4 win over Detroit.
Analysis: While Cruz is just 5 for 22 over the last six games, four of those hits have left the yard. He has nine RBIs over that stretch.
|May 16 11:00 AM PT12:00 PM MT1:00 PM CT2:00 PM ET14:00 ET18:00 GMT2:00 CST11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST1:30 PM VEN22:00 UAE1:00 PM CT-Cruz hit a three-run homer as the Texas Rangers took the rubber game with the Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Cruz is 4 for 18 (.222) over his last five games, but he has hit three homers and driven in eight runs. The outfielder is batting .264 with a team-best 10 home runs and 32 RBIs this season.
|Apr. 26 12:30 PM PT1:30 PM MT2:30 PM CT3:30 PM ET15:30 ET19:30 GMT3:30 CST12:30 PM MST2:30 PM EST3:00 PM VEN23:30 UAE2:30 PM CT-Cruz drove in his club-leading 18th run of the season in Thursday's 2-1 win over Minnesota.
Analysis: Cruz has RBIs in five straight games.
|Apr. 25 12:06 PM PT1:06 PM MT2:06 PM CT3:06 PM ET15:06 ET19:06 GMT3:06 CST12:06 PM MST2:06 PM EST2:36 PM VEN23:06 UAE2:06 PM CT-Cruz capped a nine-run fourth inning with a three-run homer, Lance Berkman had four RBIs, and the Rangers helped YuDarvish cruise to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the rubber game of the series.
Analysis: Cruz has three homers and 11 RBIs in the last four games.
|Apr. 6 2:17 PM PT3:17 PM MT4:17 PM CT5:17 PM ET17:17 ET21:17 GMT5:17 CST2:17 PM MST4:17 PM EST4:47 PM VEN1:17 UAE (+1)4:17 PM CT-Cruz went 3 for 4 and scored a run in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
Analysis: Cruz is off to a 9 for 16 start with three RBIs through four games.
|Apr. 2 8:36 PM PT9:36 PM MT10:36 PM CT11:36 PM ET23:36 ET3:36 GMT11:36 CST8:36 PM MST10:36 PM EST11:06 PM VEN7:36 UAE (+1)10:36 PM CT-Cruz had two hits and drove in a run in a 7-0 win over Houston on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Cruz also had two hits and drove in a run in Sunday's season opener at Minute Maid Park.
|Apr. 1 6:10 PM PT7:10 PM MT8:10 PM CT9:10 PM ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 CST6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT-Cruz had two hits Sunday in an 8-2 defeat at Houston.
Analysis: Cruz had a career-high 90 RBIs last season so much is expected of him in fantasy play.
|Mar. 1 2:38 PM PT3:38 PM MT4:38 PM CT5:38 PM ET17:38 ET22:38 GMT6:38 CST3:38 PM MST5:38 PM EST6:08 PM VEN2:38 UAE (+1)4:38 PM CT-Cruz has been cleared of more serious issues after team doctors diagnosed a muscle strain in his chest. Assistant general manager Thad Levine said Friday that Cruz was sent to a hospital to rule out anything else. The Rangers later said in a statement that several tests were negative and Cruz was being released after a stress test. He can resume baseball activities Saturday.
Analysis: Cruz was set to leave Sunday to join the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic. He leads the Rangers with five RBIs this spring training, although he's hitting just .214. The 32-year-old Cruz played a career-high 159 games last season, hitting .260 with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs.
|Mar. 1 9:46 AM PT10:46 AM MT11:46 AM CT12:46 PM ET12:46 ET17:46 GMT1:46 CST10:46 AM MST12:46 PM EST1:16 PM VEN21:46 UAE11:46 AM CT-Cruz has been hospitalized over what team doctors diagnosed as a muscle strain in his chest.
Analysis: Assistant general manager Thad Levine said Friday that Cruz was sent to a hospital to rule out anything more serious than a muscle problem. Cruz was set to leave Sunday to join the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic. He leads the Rangers with five RBIs this spring training, although he's hitting just .214.
|Feb. 15 2:10 PM PT3:10 PM MT4:10 PM CT5:10 PM ET17:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 CST3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)4:10 PM CT-Cruz said Friday it was "shocking" and "depressing" to see his name came up in connection with a Florida clinic now at the center of Major League Baseball's latest drug investigation.
Analysis: Cruz, however, said he could not shed any light on why his name is reportedly in the records of Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. The Miami New Times reported last month that it obtained records detailing banned substances purchases by several players, including Cruz, the 2011 AL championship series MVP.
|Feb. 5 3:53 PM PT4:53 PM MT5:53 PM CT6:53 PM ET18:53 ET23:53 GMT7:53 CST4:53 PM MST6:53 PM EST7:23 PM VEN3:53 UAE (+1)5:53 PM CT-The Texas Rangers will go to spring training with the expectation that Cruz will be their right fielder.
Analysis: Cruz was among several players named in a story last week by an alternative newspaper in Miami, alleging they used banned performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball is investigating and has asked the Miami News Times for records it obtained for the story. Until the Rangers hear otherwise, general manager Jon Daniels says they plan for Cruz to be in right field.