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I liked this part:

The perpetually positive Nelson Cruz kept using the word "excited" when asked about returning to Camden Yards on Tuesday for the first time since joining the Seattle Mariners as a free agent last December. He's excited to see Manager Buck Showalter, excited to bearhug former teammates and excited to chat with Baltimore Orioles fans that he says couldn't have been more supportive.

There is one thing that disappoints Cruz about this upcoming three-game series, however. He won't be able to physically attack Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who is on the disabled list with a knee injury.

"I wanted to beat him up at second base a little bit. But I can't now," Cruz joked in a recent telephone interview. "Me and Schoop, we text back and forth. And I told him how much I wanted to be in there and play against him and try to get a groundball while I'm at first base so I could throw him out of the infield."


I always enjoyed the scenes of Cruz and Schoop yukking it up in the dugout.

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He misses Schoop and Manny. He doesn't love his new team like he loved ours.

Yeah early in the year, last year, I didn't have an interest in him returning, but after seeing the real chemistry develop over the course of the season, I wanted him resigned. I'll never forget that back roll that he did in the playoffs.

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