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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Wash: Nelson Cruz's cold streak not unusual

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right fielder Nelson Cruz has 15 strikeouts in his last 13 games and is batting .216 with three RBIs over that span.

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The knee-jerk reaction is to think that the cloud of the Biogenenis scandal is hanging over Cruz -- a decision could come down at any time, as ESPN's Jayson Stark detailed in a story on Tuesday.

Anyone who has followed Cruz's career knows he's subject to streaks -- good and bad.

"I've seen him go through this type of spell where he strikes out a lot and doesn't put the ball in play," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I've seen that. I can't say that (he's distracted) because it's happening right now. I don't know."

Washington is also quick to point out that Cruz is still tied for fifth in the American League with 24 home runs and his 71 RBIs had him in sixth place entering Tuesday's game. Cruz has handled his situation pretty well, Washington said.

"I don't know how much distraction there's been," Washington said. "Presently, I don't know."

Cruz's potential suspension is far from his mind, Washington said, who was only concerned with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night and winning two straight games.

"What I'm hoping for is for him to go out there and do some banging," Washington said.