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Report: Nelson Cruz Agrees to Multi-Year Deal with the Mariners

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In desperate need of offense, ESPN's Enrique Rojas reports that the Seattle Mariners have signed free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz to a multi-year deal.

Rojas reports Cruz and the Mariners have agreed on a four-year deal worth $57 million.

After a suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2013, Cruz rebounded strong in 2014 after signing a one-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Last season, Cruz led Major League Baseball with 40 home runs with also batting .271 while also driving in 108 runs.

The Mariners could certainly use some more pop in their lineup. In 2013, the Mariners ranked 18th in runs, 23rd in batting average, 27th in on base percentage, and 21st in slugging percentage.

Despite their offensive struggles this past season, the Mariners managed to go 87-75, their best mark since 2007. They finished one game out of the final American League Wild Card spot.

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Orioles Sweep Tigers, Advance to ALCS

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(DETROIT) -- The Baltimore Orioles are flying to the American League Championship Series.

Baltimore struck first on Sunday when Nelson Cruz's two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning off of David Price gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead. 

The Tigers would fight in the bottom of the ninth when J.D. Martinez hit a RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning off Zach Britton, but Britton then got pinch hitter Hernan Perez to ground into a double play to end the game.

Baltimore completed a 3-0 Division Series sweep and they'll wait on the winner of Kansas City and the Angels series.

Cruz's homer in the sixth was his 16th postseason dinger, which passed Babe Ruth on the all-time list.

Bud Norris pitched 6.1 and allowed two hits and struck out six for the victory.

Tigers starter David Price, who came over in a trade during the summer, threw 112 pitches in eight innings of work with six strike outs and gave up the two-run homer to Cruz in the sixth.  

This is Baltimore's first trip to the ALCS since 1997.

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O's Blast Tigers in Game 1 of ALDS

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) -- The Orioles got their post season off to a fast start.

Nelson Cruz had a home run and three RBIs, and Baltimore scored eight runs in the eighth inning, on their way to routing the Detroit Tigers 12-3 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series Thursday.

Chris Tillman (1-0) pitched five innings, allowing four hits, two runs, one walk, while striking out six in the victory.

The Orioles started off fast when Cruz hit a two-run homer off Detroit ace Max Scherzer in the first. Scherzer (0-1) finished the day pitching 7 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, five runs, one walk, while striking out two.

The Orioles' 12 runs were the most the team ever recorded in a postseason game.

Game 2 is Friday in Baltimore. The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound. He will be opposed by the Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen.

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Cruz Leads Orioles in DH Split with Boston

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- After Jonathan Herrera's walk-off, pinch-hit single gave the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 win in Game One of a doubleheader, Nelson Cruz went 5-for-5 to lead Baltimore to a 7-4 win in the nightcap on Saturday. Cruz finished the second game mere inches from the cycle, being tagged out trying to stretch a double into a triple.

The Red Sox (39-48) took the first game on the strength of Jon Lester's impressive pitching. The southpaw tossed eight innings, giving up two unearned runs, while striking out seven in a no-decision. He was matched by Miguel Gonzalez, who struck out six in eight innings. Johnny Gomes beat out an infield single to lead off the ninth. He was sacrificed to second by David Ross before scoring on Herrera's broken bat looper to right.

In the nightcap, the Orioles (47-40) jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to Nick Hundley's fourth inning homer. Boston tied things up on Stephen Drew's second homer of the day before adding two more in the home half. Baltimore would then score five unanswered runs en route to a split. Cruz homered in the fifth after doubling and lacing a single in his previous two at-bats. His infield single in the sixth chased Red Sox starter John Lackey. Cruz's fifth hit of the night came in the eighth with a double to left-center but he was thrown out trying to leg it into a triple.

"I had to try and see what happened," Cruz said, smiling. "I don't remember the last time I hit a triple."

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Chris Davis Hits Three Home Runs as Orioles Trounce Pirates

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) --  Chris Davis hit three home runs and had five RBIs as the Baltimore Orioles clobbered the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 on Tuesday night.

It was the second career three-homer game for Davis, who doubled his season total in one night. He also went deep three times on Aug. 24, 2012 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I felt like I just had some good pitches to hit and I rolled over everything, so I got here early today and worked on some stuff in early (batting practice)," said Davis. "It just sometimes clicks for you and today was one of those days."

The MLB's home run king in 2013 hit a two-run blast in the fifth inning off Francisco Liriano (0-4) that gave the Orioles a 6-1 lead. He added a solo shot in the seventh inning and a two-run shot in the ninth to break the game open.  He led the majors with 53 home runs last season.

Nelson Cruz also homered for the Orioles, while Adam Jones had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.  Miguel Gonzalez pitched six innings to earn his second victory of the season.

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Cruz Blasts O's Past Red Sox

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Nelson Cruz made a good first impression in Baltimore.

Cruz, who signed with the Orioles this offseason, hit a tiebreaking home run off Jon Lester in the seventh-inning to lead the Orioles to a 2-1 victory over the World Series Champion Red Sox Monday.

Cruz wasn't the only player making a name for himself with his new team. Red Sox centerfielder Grady Sizemore his first home run since 2011 in his debut with Boston. It was also Sizemore's first game played since 2011.

"Today was very exciting," Sizemore said. "I couldn't wait to get to the ballpark."

Baltimore starter Chris Tillman pitched five innings, allowing one run, seven hits and one walk while striking out four in the win.

Tommy Hunter earned the save for Baltimore.

Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who was making his fourth straight opening day start, pitched seven innings allowing six hits, two runs and one walk while striking out eight in the loss.

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ESPN: Orioles Agree on One-Year Deal with Outfielder Nelson Cruz

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an effort to stay competitive with the rest of the AL East, is reporting that the Baltimore Orioles have agreed on a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.

The deal, according to ESPN, is worth $8 million with $750,000 in possible incentives.

Despite being one of the more productive outfielders in recent seasons for the Texas Rangers, Cruz had to settle on a one-year-deal after seeking a long-term contract.

Cruz was suspended for 50 games last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, and turning down the Rangers' qualifying offer, meaning the Orioles have to give up a draft pick in order to sign him.

Despite missing 53 games in 2013, Cruz still managed to hit 27 home runs, drove in 76 runs, and hit .266 for the Rangers.

A two-time All-Star, Cruz is one of just seven right-handed hitters to hit at least 20 home runs in five-straight seasons.

Earlier this week, the Orioles also came to term on a contract with free agent starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.

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Source: Texas Rangers Claim Alex Rios

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  According to a source, the Texas Rangers have put in a claim on Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios.

The White Sox now have 48 hours to decide what to do with Rios.  The Rangers tried to pry Rios from them on several occasions before the non-waiver trade deadline, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement.

Since the Rangers have claimed Rios, they are the only team allowed to work out a deal with the White Sox.  Chicago also has the option of handing over Rios without a trade, freeing themselves of future contract commitments.

The Rangers are looking for offensive assistance after losing slugger Nelson Cruz to a suspension.  Rios is hitting .277 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs.

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MLB Suspends Alex Rodriguez, 12 Others for PED Use

Major Leauge Baseball(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball has suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and 12 other players for violations of the organization's Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Aside from Rodriguez, the 12 players who were suspended include: the Rangers' Nelson Cruz, the Tigers' Jhonny Peralta, the Phillies' Antonio Bastardo, the Yankees' Francisco Cervelli and Fernando Martinez, the Mets' Jordany Valdespin and Cesar Puello, the Mariners' Jesus Montero, the Astros' Sergio Escalona, and free agents Jordan Noberto and Fautino De Los Santos.

Those 12 players will all receive 50 game suspensions, but Rodriguez has been suspended throughout the rest of this season as well as the 2014 season.

The 38-year-old Rodriguez has yet to suit up for the Bronx Bombers this season due to off-season hip surgery.

"As a social institution with enormous social responsibilities, Baseball must do everything it can to maintain integrity, fairness, and a level playing field," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in statement. "We are committed to working together with players to reiterate that performance-enhancing drugs will not be tolerated in our game."

During his career with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and the Yankees, the 14-time All-Star has batted .300 with 647 home runs, 1950 RBIs and 1,898 runs in 2,524 regular season games. He’s fifth on the all-time home runs list, 13 behind former San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays.

"We are in full support of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  We also recognize and respect the appeals process. Until the process under the Drug Program is complete, we will have no comment.  We are confident that the  process outlined in the Drug Program will result in the appropriate resolution of this matter.  In the meantime, the Yankees remain focused on playing baseball," the Yankees said in a statement.

"However, we are compelled to address certain reckless and false allegations concerning the Yankees' role in this matter. The New York Yankees in no way instituted and/or assisted MLB in the direction of this investigation; or used the investigation as an attempt to avoid its responsibilities under a player contract; or did its medical staff fail to provide the appropriate standard of care to Alex Rodriguez.  Separately, we are disappointed with the news today of the suspension of Francisco Cervelli.  It’s clear that he used bad judgment," the statement continued.

Rodriguez captured his only World Series Championship in 2009 as a member of the Yankees.

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Ogando Leads Texas Past Houston, 4-0

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando struck out a career-high 10 batters in 6 1-3 innings of work as Texas lassoed the Houston Astros Wednesday, 4-0. Ogando’s performance came less than 24 hours after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game against the 'Stros.

Ogando, along with relievers Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers, Michael Kirkman and Joe Nathan, allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out 15. Houston has struck out 43 times in their first three games.

Nelson Cruz, A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman each drove in a run for the Rangers, who ended the series taking two of three.

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