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August 04, 2013

Rangers' Nelson Cruz says MLB will decide his fate Monday

Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz said that he is expecting to hear from Major League Baseball on Monday about a possible punishment for his ties to the Biogenesis scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs.

Cruz said that he hasn't decided what he will do -- appeal a suspension or serve it -- but will talk with his attorney, agents and family before making a call. He is a free agent after the season, so his value will be higher this winter if he serves a suspension now.

"I don't know what's going to happen, but it's supposed to happen tomorrow," Cruz said. "It's not just about myself. It's about the team. I haven't decided what I'm going to do about anything."

Cruz is planning to fly with the Rangers to Anaheim on Sunday afternoon after wrapping up their three-game series at Oakland. Bothered by a left quadriceps injury, Cruz is the Rangers' designated hitter for the finale and doesn't want it to be his last game of the season. He wants to play Monday.

"That's my hope," he said.

-- Jeff Wilson

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