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Early comparisons between Mark Trumbo, Nelson Cruz go beyond hot starts with Orioles

Early comparisons between Mark Trumbo, Nelson Cruz go beyond hot starts with Orioles

As former Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz spent last season with the Seattle Mariners eclipsing the league-leading 40 home runs he hit with the Orioles in 2014, he shared the clubhouse with a longtime admirer who used the proximity to Cruz to make his own strides as a hitter: Mark Trumbo.

This season, as Trumbo's start brings back memories of what Cruz did for the team two years ago, the current Orioles slugger said he has injected a lot of what made Cruz successful into his own at-bats this year.

"I've always really admired what he did, and getting a chance to play half a season with him was really special for me in a lot of ways," Trumbo said.

"I think I got...

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