Nelson Cruz “definitely” expects to play in Game 6 tomorrow

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Nelson Cruz left Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning with a hamstring injury, but told reporters this afternoon that he “definitely” expects to play in Game 6 of the ALCS tomorrow.

Hamstring problems are particularly worrisome for Cruz after they caused him to spend three different stints on the disabled list during the season, but according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com “the hamstring doesn’t bother him when he walks around.”

Cruz missed 54 games this season, but ranked second on the Rangers in OPS behind only Josh Hamilton, was one of just seven AL hitters to post an OPS of at least .950 while appearing in 100 or more games, and is 14-for-37 (.378) with four homers and five doubles in the playoffs.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.