Minnesota Twins postgame report: There is no rust for Nelson Cruz

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 02: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of the game on August 2, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 02: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of the game on August 2, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – AUGUST 3: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field on August 3, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 11-3. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – AUGUST 3: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field on August 3, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 11-3. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /

Nelson Cruz continues to terrorize White Sox

In just his second game back after receiving the news of a ruptured wrist tendon, Cruz made it clear that he will still be one of the premier bats in the Twins’ lineup. Cruz went 4-for-5 on the night including his 33rd home run of the season and a career-high three doubles. Mix in four RBI and the 39-year old had another big night which has been the case recently.

Almost any way you frame Cruz’s stats, it’s clear he’s on one of the best stretches of his career. With his home run, which tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth inning, Cruz hit his 12th home run in his past 17 games. Even more impressive has been his ability to terrorize the White Sox with his slash line going up to .528/.564/1.333 in 2019.

While Cruz’s numbers against the White Sox are crazy, so is his run production. In nine games against the White Sox in 2019, Cruz has smashed five doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI which veers along the territory of “Why do they even pitch to this guy?”

Cruz continues to be an extremely important part of the Twins lineup and even though the White Sox may not be in the race for the AL Central title, the ability to punish teams toward the bottom of the standings is something that his teammates can follow down the stretch.

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