American League Championship Series

As Schoop, Cruz push for AL RBI crown, Orioles second baseman credits his longtime friend

As Schoop, Cruz push for AL RBI crown, Orioles second baseman credits his longtime friend

On Sunday evening before their teams played each other in a pivotal three-game series, the top two run producers in the American League talked about life over barbecue and dominoes.

The bond between Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop and Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz was created quickly during Cruz’s sole season in Baltimore three years ago. The 37-year-old Cruz — who helped lead the Orioles to their most recent division title and to the American League Championship Series — is on pace for his fourth straight 40-homer season and third with the Mariners, who offered him the fourth year the Orioles weren’t willing to when he became a free agent after the 2014...

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