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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Web Gem: Nelson Cruz makes running catch

By Todd Wills

Each Thursday during the season, we'll reveal our Web Gem of the Week for the Texas Rangers:

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Right fielder Nelson Cruz made a running catch in Monday's 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays that kept the game tied in the top of the second inning.

It also set Twitter ablaze with tweets from fans who are still not over the fly ball that got over Cruz's head in the 2011 World Series.

Cruz's catch Monday was sensational. With a runner at second and one out in a 1-1 game, he made a leaping catch with his back toward home plate, banging into the right-field wall and taking a double and an RBI away from James Loney. Alexi Ogando was able to get out of the inning with the game still tied, and the Rangers took a 3-1 lead on home runs by A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the fourth.

Loney's fly ball was eerily similar to David Freese's in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. Cruz came within inches of catching that ball with the Rangers needing an out for their first World Series title, but instead it went for a two-run triple that tied Game 6 at 7-7. The Cardinals went on to win Game 6 in extra innings and Game 7, as well.

Arguments have persisted since then over whether Cruz should have been able to make the Game 6 catch.

But there's no arguing that Cruz, off to a hot start at the plate, made a great catch -- a web gem -- Monday against the Rays.