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Nelson Cruz knows his tenure with the Rangers ended because of his own actions, turning down a hefty contract offer even after he was caught up in the Biogenesis scandal.
Now with the Orioles and ranking among baseball’s leaders in home runs and RBIs, Cruz insists he has no regrets as he prepares to return to Arlington for the first time Tuesday night.
It’s unclear, though, if he’ll be in the lineup for the series opener because of a bruised left hand.
Cruz rejected the Rangers’ $14.1 million qualifying offer in November, a decision that came after he was suspended for the final 50 games of the 2013 season for using performance-enhancing drugs.
He wound up signing with Baltimore in the offseason for much less — one year at $8 million — but has flourished with his new team.
“If you could read the future, yeah, you would probably take the qualifying offer,” Cruz told the team’s official site, laughing. “But it’s something that you risk and you trust your instincts. In this case, it wasn’t what I expected. But I’m happy with my decision and happy with where I am now.”
Cruz is hitting .314 with 20 homers and 52 RBIs, though his 12-game hitting streak ended Sunday when he had to leave the Orioles’ 9-4 win over Houston after being hit with a pitch in the left hand.
The Rangers (29-28) are relieved to be home after going 7-4 on their longest road trip of the season. They scored just two runs in each of the last three..
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