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VIDEO: Nelson Cruz launches MLB-leading 28th home run

Jul 7, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu grabbed the MLB home run lead on Friday night, but Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz took it back tonight with this two-run shot off Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg in the first inning. He’s now up to 28 home runs on the year.

John Lackey couldn’t be reached for comment. By the way, Cruz has already passed his home run total from last season and is just five away from matching his career-high. The Orioles still have 73 games left to play this season after tonight.

  1. sophiethegreatdane - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Cruuuuuuuuuz!

  2. bonnovi - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    OHMYGODPEDS!

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      He is tested regularly for PEDS however; just between us, the balls are possibly juiced.

  3. miguelcairo - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    John Lackey’s muppet face growing more and more red by the minute.

  4. wilmyers09 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    steroids

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      SLANDER?

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      how’s your horse? good and dead yet?

  5. annapterp - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Just the facts but Cruz never tested positive for steroids or PED’s. He was suspended for his involvement with Biogenisis and HGH. Never tested positive though.

    • joestemme - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      And, Al Capone was only convicted of tax evasion.

      Case closed! Capone wasn’t a murderer.

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        All true. Of course, HGH does not actually enhance athlethic performance, just another lie sold to rich people not unlike those told about HGH and anti-aging. There is a reason that HGH is not prescribed for any of the things that snake oils salesmen claim it can do and that only shady characters are involved in its distribution.

    • ravensgrl - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      Facts? Who needs facts??

  6. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    I’m so glad HBT posters are much more
    level headed and logical in their arguments than the folks on Twitter who just shout “steroids!!!” every time Cruz hits another HR… Wait, what?

  7. pete2112 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Whether he did something last season or not, I seriously doubt he would be stupid enough to continue doing it after serving a suspension, so I have to think his production is more a product of a playing in hitter friendly stadium. Whatever it is, it’s impressive. One thing is for certain after this season, he’s getting a big contract from some team.

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