The Royals insist they weren't throwing at Nelson Cruz, but Cruz isn't buying it.



That's why Cruz took a couple of steps toward the mound Monday after being hit by a Louis Coleman pitch in the ninth inning. Both benches emptied and bullpen members rushed toward home plate, but that's as far as it went.



When play resumed, Michael Young did his talking with the bat, launching a two-run homer to give the Rangers an 8-4 lead, which became the final margin.



"I know they hit me on purpose," Cruz said. "They can say whatever they want. If you've played the game as long as I have, you know when it's on purpose."