AL homer leader Nelson Cruz hits two-run homer in Game 1


Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who led the American League with 40 homers, kicked off the scoring in Game 1 of the ALDS with a two-run homer off Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer.

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This is the 35th playoff game of Cruz’s career and he’s hit 15 homers with a .709 slugging percentage.

Detroit tied things up the next half-inning with a pair of solo homers from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez.