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Rangers' Cruz excited by chance to play with Sosa

Updated: February 2, 2007, 7:55 PM ET
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico -- The summer of 1998 was a special one in the life of Dominican prospect Nelson Cruz.

It was the year he signed his first professional contract, and it was the year Sammy Sosa, Cruz's baseball idol, took part in his home run battle with Mark McGwire.

"I enjoyed Sammy's hits as if they had been mine," Cruz said.

"I don't know what I enjoyed more: Sosa's home runs or my first professional contract, which I signed with the New York Mets in 1998," added Cruz, who ...

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