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Cruz Demolishes Slump

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    I wonder if Nelson Cruz is a fan of rapper Dr. Dre.

    Judging by Cruz's choice of walk-up music, I'd say he's more of a Latin/salsa type guy, but as the great Dr. Dre once said, "It's back on track, with big money, big nuts and a big fat chronic sack."

    And apparently, we can add Cruz to the list of people who are back on track, along with Dr. Dre.

    Cruz broke out of a weekend slump on Monday night as he went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double that hit the top of the wall in dead center, a walk, two RBIs and he scored three times.

    That came after he went 0-for-13 over the weekend against Cleveland, including four strikeouts in Friday's thriller.

    With Adrian Beltre's disappointing re-tweaking of his hamstring on Saturday, the Rangers lineup could use a hot Cruz bat. Michael Young is being Michael Young, which is consistently awesome. And Josh Hamilton has been good, but another big bat in the middle of the lineup would go a long way in tiding over the meat of the order until Beltre returns, which likely won't be for another few weeks, at least.

    Cruz is already close to surpassing his 2010 numbers in both home runs and RBIs, and a lot of that is because he's stayed relatively healthy this year after being a lock for at least three trips to the DL before this season.

    His average has dipped dramatically from last year, when he finished with a .318 average, to .265 currently, but the big pop in the middle of the order is enough, especially when it's hitting No. 6. That's a stacked lineup right there, folks.