Nelson Cruz says he's faster than people think. "Well, some days," he said with a smile.
Still, who could doubt him after the 38-year-old designated hitter hustled down the line and beat out a pair of infield hits on Monday, the first time he's had two in a game since 2016? Certainly Cruz made sure his teammates realized how much speed he has at his disposal.
"He came in pointing it out, in case anyone was not paying attention," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "I thought it was pretty impressive. He's a big man. I don't know what he weighs, but it's not 175 pounds."
In the first inning, Cruz hit a smash down the third-base line that Alex Bregman fielded right on the lip of the outfield grass, spun around, and made a long throw. Cruz was safe by a step. Five innings later, Cruz hit a ball into the hole at shortstop that Carlos Correa tracked down. His throw short-hopped first baseman Tyler White and was ruled a hit.