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Nelson Cruz hits career homer No. 400 before Twins hold off Royals 12-8


September 23, 2019

Jeff Wheeler – Star Tribune

The Twins' Nelson Cruz followed through on his 40th home run of the season, and his 400th career homer, a 412 foot solo shot to right field in the fourth inning.

Nelson Cruz is a man of his word.

Twice before the season started, Cruz told team officials he planned to reach 400 home runs this season. The second time came during spring training, when he initiated a conversation with baseball communication director Dustin Morse about ways he could raise funds for charities off reaching 400.

When informed that would require him to hit 40 home runs, the then-38-year-old Cruz nodded and said, "Yes."


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