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Nelson Cruz | Designated Hitter | #23

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/1/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Angels.
Cruz picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He would double later in the contest, his 22nd two-bagger of the campaign. For the season as a whole, the veteran slugger is working to a .288/.369/.549 triple-slash with 28 homers and 94 RBI in 113 games. He is well on his way to setting a career high in terms of RBI. His current best mark came when he drove in 108 back in 2014, his final season with the Orioles. Aug 13 - 7:31 PM

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Nelson Cruz finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a solo home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's game against the Angels.

Cruz has connected for at least one homer (four total) with seven RBI over his past three outings. He also has at least one RBI in four in a row, while posting seven homers with 13 RBI over nine outings in the month of August. He'll look to keep it cooking against JC Ramirez on Saturday. He launched a solo home run Sept. 4, 2016 against Ramirez in one of his three career at-bats against the right-hander.
Aug 12 - 3:41 AM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

Cruz smashed a dramatic game-tying two-run home run to straightaway center off Bud Norris with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Angels would retake the lead in the top of the ninth courtesy of Mike Trout's bases-clearing double. Veteran slugger Cruz has gone deep five times in his last five games and is slashing .284/.368/.537 with 27 homers and 90 RBI over the course of 395 at-bats for the season as a whole.
Aug 11 - 1:56 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three total RBI in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the A's.

Cruz cracked a two-run home run off Jharel Cotton in the third inning and repeated the feat in solo fashion in the fifth. This was his 23rd career game with multiple home runs and his second of the 2017 campaign. Both of his two-homer games this season have come in the last five contests. For the year as a whole, the veteran slugger is slashing .284/.369/.532 with 26 homers and 88 RBI over the course of 109 games played.
Aug 9 - 7:04 PM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four total RBI in Sunday's 8-7 win over the Royals.

Cruz blew the game open (or so it appeared at the time) with a three-run home run off Danny Duffy in the second inning. That shot made the score 7-0. The Royals would come back with five runs before Cruz belted his second homer of the game, a solo shot in the seventh inning which made the score 8-5. That dinger proved crucial, as Mike Moustakas would hit a two-run bomb just one inning later. Cruz has been dealing with neck spasms of late -- he was a late scratch on Friday -- but has played in each of the last two games without issue. He has four homers in his last eight contests and is hitting .282/.368/.522 with 24 homers and 84 RBI for the campaign as a whole. Nellie has swatted at least 40 home runs in each of the last three seasons, but has a lot of ground to make up over the final two months if he wants to hit that mark once more.
Aug 6 - 5:49 PM

Nelson Cruz (neck) returned to the Mariners' starting lineup on Saturday.

Cruz was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to neck spasms, but he's well enough to give it a go on Saturday. He's serving as the designated hitter and batting in his customary cleanup spot against Danny Duffy and the Royals on Saturday.
Aug 5 - 3:55 PM

Nelson Cruz was scratched from the Mariners' lineup on Friday due to neck spasms.

It doesn't sound like something that is going to lead to a trip to the disabled list, but could continue to nag at the veteran slugger and cause him to miss a game here and there throughout the season. Consider him day-to-day.
Aug 4 - 8:41 PM

Nelson Cruz was scratched from the Mariners' starting lineup on Friday.

No word yet on the reason behind the late scratch. We'll pass along details as soon as they're known. Guillermo Heredia has replaced him as the designated hitter against Jason Hammel and the Royals.
Aug 4 - 7:53 PM

Nelson Cruz singled and smashed a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

Cruz's blast to left field in the second inning off of Nick Martinez got the scoring going. It's the 22nd longball of the season for Cruz, which frankly feels like a disappointment given his three straight 40-homer seasons and the way the ball is flying out of the park in 2017. Still, a 33-homer 120-RBI pace is awfully good for the 37-year-old.
Aug 2 - 12:30 AM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Mets.

Cruz launched a no-doubt three-run blast off Seth Lugo in the first inning for his 21st long ball of the 2017 campaign. That homer was his first since July 17. He remains a big-time offensive threat, having driven in 79 runs this season, but his overall triple-slash of .273/.358/.496 is a little more subdued than we are accustomed to from Cruz.
Jul 30 - 7:29 PM

Nelson Cruz went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox.

A rough game for Cruz, though the same can be said for the entire Mariners team after what Chris Sale did to them on Wednesday. On the whole, the veteran slugger is hitting .275/.358/.496 with 20 homers and 75 RBI across 353 at-bats.
Jul 26 - 7:29 PM

Nelson Cruz delivered a game-winning single in the 10th inning of Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Cruz hasn't posted an extra-base hit over the past five outings, but he still has six homers and 16 RBI across 17 games in the month of July. The All-Star remains productive, producing a slash line of .288/.364/.593 through 333 at-bats.
Jul 23 - 6:04 AM

Nelson Cruz blasted a go-ahead solo homer in the 10th inning on Sunday, propelling the Mariners to a 7-6 victory over the White Sox.

Cruz jumped out of his shoes swinging 3-0, demolishing a Chris Beck offering into the seats in left field. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 plus a walk. The veteran slugger is enjoying another terrific season, slashing .292/.375/.532 with 19 home runs and 73 RBI.
Jul 16 - 5:51 PM

Nelson Cruz clubbed a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

He went yard off reliever Anthony Swarzak to turn a one-run deficit into a one-run lead in the sixth inning. It was Cruz's only hit of the ballgame in four tries. He is rocking a .292/.372/.525 triple-slash with 18 home runs and a major league leading 72 RBI.
Jul 15 - 11:41 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Mariners have no plans to trade Nelson Cruz.

Seattle closed out the first half of the season on a 4-10 skid, dropping to 43-47 overall, but it doesn't sound like there will be any sort of fire sale ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Cruz has batted .292/.372/.520 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI in 85 games this year for the Mariners and he played in his fifth career All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Miami. The veteran slugger is due $14.25 million in 2018, the final year of a four-year, $57 million deal.
Jul 12 - 12:47 PM

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RF1Mitch Haniger
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