(AP) — The Baltimore Orioles’ struggling offense could use a big bat in the middle of the order, and one is about to make its return to Camden Yards.
Nelson Cruz, however, will be wearing a Seattle uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field at his 2014 home, and manager Lloyd McClendon probably would rather not think of where the Mariners’ offense would be without him.
Cruz, who is among the best in the majors with 15 home runs, a .340 average and 1.089 OPS, is finding Seattle to be even more welcoming than his one season on the East Coast.
The slugger ended last season with a nine-game hitting streak at Camden, but he did most of his damage in his 40-home run, 108-RBI season on the road. In Baltimore, he hit .252 with 15 of those homers and 40 RBIs and a .783 OPS as opposed to…
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