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Nelson Cruz | Outfielder

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/1/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run as the Mariners narrowly escaped with a win against the Rockies on Monday.
Cruz went back-to-back with Kyle Seager in the second inning, extending the Mariners' lead to 6-1. It's his 30th homer of the year, marking only the third time he's crossed the 30-homer threshold in 11 big league seasons. (He's hit 29 twice, though.) Cruz has also knocked in 66 runs while hitting .321/.385/.590. Aug 4 - 12:16 AM

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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a long solo home run in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Twins.

Cruz belted his prodigious bomb off of Twins closer Glen Perkins with two outs in the ninth. It was the first run that either team scored on the day. The Twins would tie it up in the bottom of the inning before the Mariners pushed across three runs in the 11th to pick up the victory. Cruz has been on fire of late, with homers in each of his last three games and five over his last eight. He's now hitting a sterling .317/.380/.581 with 29 homers and 65 RBI.
Aug 2 - 6:41 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

Cruz took Twins starter Kyle Gibson deep for a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning. The bomb was his 28th of the year. He's homered in four of his last seven games, including each of his last two. For the season, he's slashing .316/.380/.576 with the 28 homers and 64 RBI. Cruz will go through his cold streaks, as he did in a tough June, but when he's on, his bat is magical.
Aug 2 - 12:01 AM

Nelson Cruz finished 4-for-5 with a homer and a double versus the Twins in Friday's win.

After a month and a half of little production, Cruz has picked it back up again since the All-Star break, hitting six homers in his last 15 games. He remains a particularly strong DFS play whenever the Mariners are facing a mediocre lefty.
Aug 1 - 2:43 AM

Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Mariners dropped Tuesday's game to the Diamondbacks.

The Mariners had fallen behind 6-1 after the top of the sixth when Cruz got one back with a solo shot off of Zack Godley in the bottom half. It's his fifth home run in his last eight games, giving him 26 on the season with 61 RBI and a .309/.375/.559 batting line.
Jul 29 - 1:18 AM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI, but the Mariners dropped Wednesday's contest to the Tigers.

Cruz got back some of the runs the Mariners gave up in an eight-run third inning, taking Anibal Sanchez out to left field for a two-run home run in the fourth. He tacked on a solo home run in the sixth against Sanchez. Cruz homered on Tuesday, which ended a 13-game homerless drought. Perhaps he's rediscovered his power stroke. He has 24 home runs on the year with 57 RBI and a .304/.372/.554 triple-slash line.
Jul 22 - 10:23 PM

Nelson Cruz hit a tape-measure solo home run in a 1-for-5 effort as the Mariners took down the Tigers on Tuesday.

Cruz extended the Mariners' lead to 5-1 when he drilled a no-doubter way over the center field fence at Comerica Park in the third inning off of Shane Greene. It's his first home run since July 3. He's certainly fallen off a bit in the AL home run race, currently sitting on 22 with 54 RBI and a .300/.369/.533 batting line.
Jul 21 - 11:07 PM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored Saturday against the Angels.

Three runs scored with zero RBI isn't a typical Cruz line. In fact, he hadn't scored three runs in a game since way back in 2012, and it's just the third time in his career than he's done it with no RBI.
Jul 12 - 1:58 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 and hit his 21st homer Friday as the Mariners beat the A's 9-5.

Cruz has two homers in three games during July after hitting just one in 25 games in June. It's not likely that he'll catch fire again like he did in April, but he should be a reliable power bat from here on in.
Jul 4 - 1:17 AM

Nelson Cruz (hip) is in the Mariners' lineup Tuesday.

Cruz had to leave Monday's game when his pelvic bone briefly popped out of place, but he's back out there a day later. He's been in a power slump of late, having homered just once in his previous 23 contests.
Jun 23 - 6:14 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon clarified that Nelson Cruz exited Monday's game with an injury to his pelvic bone.

The injury was originally announced as right hamstring tightness, but McClendon said that Cruz's pelvic bone briefly popped out of place before trainers were able to pop it back into place. It's not believed to be serious, but more should be known Tuesday.
Jun 23 - 8:21 AM

Nelson Cruz left Monday's game versus the Royals with right hamstring tightness.

He didn't suffer an obvious injury, so perhaps it's just a day-to-day situation. The Mariners should offer more on Cruz's status after the game.
Jun 23 - 12:11 AM

Nelson Cruz (back) is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Astros.

Cruz missed games on both Wednesday and Thursday with back spasms. Given how power-less the Mariner offense is without him, the team's fingers are probably crossed that this doesn't turn into an injury that causes Cruz to miss significant time. He's slugged 18 homers and driven in 39 runs over 58 games.
Jun 12 - 4:06 PM

Nelson Cruz (back) is not in the Mariners' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Indians.

Cruz was aiming to DH in Thursday's series finale in Cleveland after missing Wednesday's game with back spasms, but the Mariners will opt to give the veteran slugger an additional day of rest. He should be ready to rock for Friday's series opener in Houston.
Jun 11 - 11:50 AM

Nelson Cruz (back) is expected to DH on Thursday.

Cruz is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with back spasms, but it's nothing too concerning. The veteran slugger has a .988 OPS, 18 homers, and 39 RBI in 58 games this season.
Jun 10 - 4:22 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
2Ketel Marte
SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Seth Smith
CF1Austin Jackson
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Nelson Cruz
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Jesus Montero
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Taijuan Walker
5Mike Montgomery
6Vidal Nuno
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Carson Smith
2Fernando Rodney
3Charlie Furbush
4Tom Wilhelmsen
5Joe Beimel
6David Rollins
7Rob Rasmussen
8Jose Ramirez