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Cruz is making another shot count

Four years before Texas slugger's dream postseason, just playing in majors was dream

Updated: October 18, 2011, 10:48 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- More than four years before Nelson Cruz became the first player to hit six home runs and 13 RBIs in the same playoff series, the slugger sat on the floor inside a cramped manager's office in Oklahoma City, wondering if his dream of playing in the major leagues was over.

It wouldn't be the first time Cruz, MVP of the 2011 AL Championship Series, had asked himself that question. But after piling up minor league numbers that had scouts raving, Cruz once again couldn't seem ...

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