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Orioles' Nelson Cruz earns T-shirt night with monster April

Nelson Cruz, who has wasted little time hitting his way into Orioles fans' hearts with every belt-high fastball he deposits into the stands, has officially arrived in the minds of the team's promotional staff.

The game against the Detroit Tigers on May 13 will be Nelson Cruz T-shirt night.

Cruz, who has hit six home runs and driven in 21 runs en route to a .301/.386/.683 line in 19 games this season, has found a home hitting in front of Orioles slugger Chris Davis. He's getting pitches to hit and making opposing pitchers pay.

The Cruz T-shirt features 26 'U's on the front. For a player who signed late in the spring for just $8 million, it's a clear sign that Cruz was a bargain when it could prove a disappointment if there are more 'U's than home runs this season.

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