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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Nelson Cruz hits second-hardest HR of 2011

By Richard Durrett

Nelson Cruz's laser shot over the left field fence in Friday's loss in Toronto traveled 117.4 mph off the bat, according to Adam Grigley of ESPN Stats & Information.

That makes it the second-hardest homer of the season, behind Juan Rivera's at 117.7 mph, also at Rogers Centre on May 22.

Cruz's previous hardest homer in 2011 was May 28 off Sean O'Sullivan and it traveled at 114.9 mph off the bat.