SARASOTA, Fla. -- Nelson Cruz grounded out, walked twice and scored a run in his Orioles debut, a 9-7 Baltimore win over Toronto, on Saturday afternoon.
After drawing a two-out walk in the third inning, Cruz raced home and scored on Chris Davis' two-run double into left-center field. Did Cruz think he could score on the play, with the ball rolling to the fence?
"Yeah," Cruz said, smiling. "I think of that right away."
Cruz said his legs felt good and he'd like to see more pitches the next time out. He had just one at-bat prior to Saturday's game, grounding out in Thursday's intrasquad contest.
"As soon as I came into the stadium, I missed that," Cruz said of the game feeling. "Good at-bats, I guess. With more at-bats, I'll feel better.
"It doesn't feel like butterflies or anything. Buck [Showalter] asked me if I was nervous. I feel normal, I guess, as soon as I come out to the field. It's something I haven't done for a while. It comes natural."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less