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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 left Wednesday's game with a strained right quad.
Cruz singled and ran the bases in the top of the seventh inning and apparently injured the quad during that time. The severity of the injury should be better known in the coming days. Sep 2 - 10:56 PM

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Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Mariners' 8-2 win over the A's on Wednesday.

Cruz had an RBI single in the Mariners' four-run first inning, adding another RBI single in the sixth before blasting a solo homer in the eighth. Cruz has an AL-best 39 home runs to go with 82 RBI and 76 runs. The outfielder is hitting a robust .321/.390/.615 with a little over a month left to play.
Aug 26 - 7:20 PM

Nelson Cruz hit his 38th home run of the season, finishing 1-for-4 as the Mariners fended off the Athletics on Tuesday.

Cruz got the Mariners on the board in the fourth inning, clubbing a solo home run to left-center off of Jesse Chavez. The defending home run champ is now four homers ahead of Josh Donaldson, Chris Davis, and Albert Pujols -- who each have 34 -- for the major league lead. Cruz has also knocked in 79 runs while batting .317/.386/.607.
Aug 26 - 1:34 AM

Nelson Cruz had an RBI double and a run scored Tuesday against the Rangers.

Cruz took a break from smashing home runs and kept the ball in the yard this time, doubling home a run against Rangers starter Chi Chi Gonzalez in the first inning and coming around to score on Seth Smith's two-run homer later in the inning. Cruz finished 1-for-4 in the contest. Cruz remains among the league leaders in most offensive categories, batting .321/.388/.608 with 36 home runs, 75 RBI and 67 runs scored overall.
Aug 18 - 11:20 PM

Nelson Cruz extended his major league lead in home runs to 36 in Sunday's 12-inning victory over the Red Sox.

Cruz, who finished 1-for-7, hit an Alexi Ogando offering to the opposite field in the seventh inning. After a home run drought through most of July, Cruz has turned up the heat in August, homering exactly once in 10 of his last 14 games. Along with his 36 homers total, he has 74 RBI and a .321/.389/.611 triple-slash line.
Aug 16 - 6:07 PM

Nelson Cruz swatted his 35th home run of the season on Saturday as the Mariners were demolished by the Red Sox.

Cruz also singled and walked twice in the contest, finishing the day 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. He has been every bit the impact bat that the M's were looking for when signing him as a free agent over the winter, slashing .324/.392/.612 with a league-leading 35 homers and 73 RBI.
Aug 15 - 4:57 PM

Nelson Cruz (neck) went 0-for-3 plus a walk in his return to the Mariners starting lineup on Friday.

The veteran slugger sat out Thursday's contest after leaving Wednesday's game due to neck spasms. He's having an unbelievable season in the middle of the M's lineup, slashing .322/.388/.605 with a league-leading 34 homers and 70 RBI.
Aug 15 - 8:21 AM

Nelson Cruz (neck) is not in the Mariners' lineup Wednesday.

Cruz says he feels better after exiting Tuesday's contest with neck spasms, but he's obviously not well enough to play. The Mariners will hope he's ready to go on Friday after Thursday's off day. Seth Smith is in right field Wednesday, while Brad Miller is in left and Franklin Gutierrez is in the designated hitter spot.
Aug 12 - 1:46 PM

Nelson Cruz had to exit Tuesday's game against the Orioles due to neck spasms.

Cruz said his neck started bothering him while he was sitting on the bench. He's hopeful that the ailment won't keep him out long, but it sounds like he could miss a game or two. Cruz belted his league-leading 34th homer Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to 21 games before having to depart.
Aug 12 - 8:25 AM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, extending his hitting streak to 21 games in Monday's 10-inning win over the Orioles.

Cruz hit the first of two home runs in the first inning against Chris Tillman. It's number 34 on the year for Cruz, who's fast approaching his career-high of 40 set last year. He's slashing .324/.389/.609 with 70 RBI.
Aug 12 - 1:44 AM

Nelson Cruz hit a homer in his fifth straight game as the Mariners cruised past the Rockies 10-4 on Tuesday.

Cruz hit a 463-foot bomb in the seventh inning, giving him 31 home runs on the year. It was also his fifth consecutive multi-hit game, raising his overall line to .323/.387/.597. Cruz continues to be ranked among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories, having 67 RBI and 57 runs scored through 106 games.
Aug 5 - 2:03 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Jesus Sucre
2John Hicks
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Seth Smith
2Stefen Romero
3Shawn O'Malley
CF1Brad Miller
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Nelson Cruz
DH1Mark Trumbo
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Taijuan Walker
5Roenis Elias
6Edgar Olmos
Relief Pitcher
R1Tom Wilhelmsen
2Carson Smith
3Charlie Furbush
4Joe Beimel
5David Rollins
6Mayckol Guaipe
7Rob Rasmussen
8Vidal Nuno
9Logan Kensing
10Tony Zych
11Jose Ramirez