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Nelson Cruz | Designated Hitter | #23

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (35) / 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 launched a long solo homer Friday against the Reds.
Cruz, who made the start in right field in Cincinnati, was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts before taking Jumbo Diaz deep in the ninth inning for a 421-foot blast to the upper deck in left field. It was his fourth homer in his last eight games. The veteran slugger is batting .279/.374/.517 with nine home runs and 28 RBI overall. May 21 - 12:14 AM

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Mariners manager Scott Servais said Thursday that he is planning to start Nelson Cruz in right field all three games this weekend in Cincinnati.

There will be no DH available to the M's at Great American Ball Park, but Servais doesn't want to limit Cruz's opportunities for at-bats in one of the most power-friendly stadiums in the majors. Cruz has started 25 games at DH and 14 games in right field this season for Seattle.
May 19 - 10:50 AM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with a homer and five RBI in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

Cruz's two-run single got the scoring going in the first inning and his two-run homer in the sixth concluded the scoring. In between he also had an RBI single and drew a walk, reaching base in all four plate appearances. Slated to turn 36 on July 1, Cruz just keeps chugging along, batting .281/.379/.511 with eight homers and 26 RBI so far this season.
May 17 - 10:05 PM

Nelson Cruz (forearm) is back in the Mariners' lineup Monday versus the Rays.

Cruz didn't play Sunday due to a bruised right forearm, but it's not a major concern. He's back in the cleanup spot Monday against lefty Matt Moore.
May 9 - 5:59 PM

Nelson Cruz is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday due to a bruised right forearm.

It sounds like a day-to-day situation. The Mariners have Seth Smith in right field and Dae-Ho Lee in the designated hitter spot.
May 8 - 11:15 AM

Nelson Cruz homered for the second-consecutive game in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Angels, finishing the night 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

Cruz demolished a 3-1 fastball that was left up in the zone from Hector Santiago. The long ball momentarily put the Mariners ahead by a run, but the Angels would counter the next half inning with a homer of their own that would prove to be the difference. Cruz is now hitting .273/.355/.545 with four homers and 11 RBI. He remains one of the elite power threats in the majors.
Apr 24 - 1:28 AM

Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th in the Mariners' 5-2 win over the Angels on Friday.

Cruz's homer looked like a double off the bat, but it cleared the low wall in right in Anaheim (and just missed banging off a higher section of the wall that was less than a foot to the right of where the ball exited). The Mariners already had a 3-2 lead at that point, but Cruz's shot was nice insurance. Cruz also had a sac fly in the first inning of the game. He has three homers and 10 RBI.
Apr 23 - 1:45 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI as the Mariners topped the Yankees 3-2 on Saturday afternoon in New York.

Cruz's RBI double in the fifth inning plated Robinson Cano with the would-be winning run. With the 2-for-4 effort, he's now hitting .279/.367/.558 with two homers and five RBI through his first 11 games of the year.
Apr 16 - 4:37 PM

Nelson Cruz drove in all three of Seattle's runs with a double and a two-run homer Monday.

Cruz has two homers, three doubles and more walks (three) than strikeouts (two) through his 27 at-bats. Last year, he had a 164/59 K/BB ratio in 590 at-bats.
Apr 12 - 1:16 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 and scored the Mariners' lone run in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.

Cruz doubled and scored on an error in the sixth inning, giving the M's a 1-0 lead at the time. Unfortunately, that wound up being the extent of their offense on the afternoon. With the two-hit effort, the slugger is now hitting .261/.370/.478 through his first five games, though he has just one home run and one RBI.
Apr 10 - 8:25 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

Cruz doubled home a run off Padres starter Tyson Ross in the first inning. This was his second double of the spring. He has also hit four home runs during spring play. While the outfielder is now 35 years old, his bat does not look it. Last season, Cruz slashed .302/.369/.566 with 44 homers and 93 RBI across 590 at-bats.
Mar 30 - 6:30 PM

Nelson Cruz (knee) went 0-for-2 in Wednesday's win over the Royals.

Cruz is still searching for his first hit of the spring. Knee soreness kept him out of the first few Cactus League contests, but manager Scott Servais has indicated that the injury is of the minor variety. The 35-year-old slugger is coming off back-to-back campaigns of at least 40 homers. He smashed 44 of them in 2015.
Mar 9 - 7:37 PM

Nelson Cruz (knee) is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Cruz was held out of Wednesday's Cactus League opener because of knee soreness and he won't play Thursday either, but new Mariners skipper Scott Servais has described the issue as very minor. Cruz probably wasn't going to log a ton of at-bats this spring anyway. He's going on his age 35-36 season.
Mar 3 - 10:15 AM

Nelson Cruz (knee) will run the bases and make turns Wednesday.

Cruz is sitting out Wednesday's Cactus League opener due to knee soreness. The Mariners don't seem overly concerned, but it's possible he won't make his spring debut for another few days.
Mar 2 - 10:36 AM

Nelson Cruz will not play in Wednesday's Cactus League opener due to knee soreness.

Mariners manager Scott Servais says the issue is very minor. However, Cruz will sit out the first few games just to be on the safe side.
Mar 1 - 10:27 AM

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C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Chris Taylor
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
2Shawn O'Malley
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joel Peralta
5Tony Zych
6Nick Vincent
7Evan Scribner
8Ryan Cook
9Vidal Nuno
10Mike Montgomery
11Steve Johnson