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Cruz's baserunning gaffe proves costly

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BALTIMORE -- Veteran Nelson Cruz made a costly baserunning gaffe in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Red Sox.

Cruz gave the Orioles -- who were held to just two hits total -- their first baserunner off Boston's Brandon Workman in working a one-out walk. But the opportunity was erased when Cruz got doubled off first base after racing toward second on J.J. Hardy's infield popup.

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BALTIMORE -- Veteran Nelson Cruz made a costly baserunning gaffe in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Red Sox.

Cruz gave the Orioles -- who were held to just two hits total -- their first baserunner off Boston's Brandon Workman in working a one-out walk. But the opportunity was erased when Cruz got doubled off first base after racing toward second on J.J. Hardy's infield popup.

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Did Cruz think there were two outs? Yes.

"There's no excuse," Cruz said of his mistake. "I should know better. It shouldn't happen."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli.

Baltimore Orioles, Nelson Cruz