Nelson Cruz breaks out

May, 20, 2012
5/20/12
7:20
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HOUSTON -- Over the last three games, Nelson Cruz had struggled.

He was 2-for-13 in that span.

He broke out of his slump Sunday.

Cruz finished with three hits, including a two-out two-run single as part of a five-run first inning.

"I think my approach has been good the last few games," Cruz said. "I'm seeing a lot of good pitches and wait for the right pitches."

Cruz also took off his batting gloves, something he does when he's struggling. He did it Saturday night, too.

"I don't know the last time I did it," Cruz said. "I felt the bat better."

Said Ron Washington on Cruz's day: "Did a lot for his confidence."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .321
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 57
RA. Beltre 56
OPSA. Beltre .882
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167