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By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Cruz follows coaches' instructions
BOSTON -- Nelson Cruz made a diving catch in the sixth inning during Thursday's 7-2 victory over the Red Sox. Cruz made the play on a sinking line drive by Kevin Youkilis, and manager Ron Washington and outfield coach Gary Pettis were thrilled."He finally did it my way," Pettis said. Cruz has been trying to make those catches by sliding feet first. He wasn't very successful at it, and Pettis spoke to Cruz before Thursday's game about trying to dive head-first to make those catches. Cruz did so. "Wasn't that exciting," Washington said. "You just react, you don't think about it," Cruz said.
Hawkins reflects on Steinbrenner
BOSTON -- Andy Hawkins spent 10 years pitching in the Major Leagues, and three of those were with the Yankees under owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away on Tuesday.Hawkins still remembers throwing a no-hitter against the White Sox on July 1, 1989, only to lose the game, 4-0, on a couple of errors by his outfielders. "I'll tell you what -- when I threw that no-hitter, [Steinbrenner] called down to the field and told me he wanted to buy me a Jeep Wrangler," Hawkins said. "I thanked him, but told him that he was paying me a good salary and he didn't have to do that. He didn't have to reward me for doing my job. He was already paying me a good salary. "He took care of people. I know a lot of guys got fired there, but they were just re-assigned and he was still close to all of them."
Cuban interested in joining Greenberg, Ryan
BOSTON -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has offered to join Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan in their attempt to buy the Rangers. Greenberg and Ryan head a total of 12 investors who are trying to buy the franchise, and Cuban has offered to join forces with them."I want to see the Rangers run," Cuban said to KTCK-AM in Dallas. "I think Chuck and Ryan deserve a lot of credit, and what they're doing is a good thing, but with the way the deal has been structured, there is some risk there. And so I offered to help on a bunch of different levels, so let's see what happens." A few years ago Cuban tried to buy the Cubs, but lost out to the current ownership group. The Greenberg-Ryan group reached an agreement on Jan. 23 to purchase the Rangers and land around the Ballpark in Arlington for $575 million, but the sale is currently bogged down in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Michael Young's next run will tie him with Juan Gonzalez for second most in team history. Gonzalez has 878, and Rafael Palmeiro leads with 958. ... Darren Oliver's appearance on Thursday was No. 232 with the Rangers, and that ties him for 10th with Mitch Williams. ... Outfielder Brandon Boggs (wrist) has been activated off the disabled list at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.