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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 hit a pair of solo homers against the Tigers on Thursday.
Cruz isn't quite on last year's pace, but he does have 18 homers in 71 games. Plus, because he's hitting in a better lineup, he has 48 RBI, giving him a realistic chance of topping his career high of 108. Last year, he had 93 RBI to go along with his 44 homers, since there just wasn't much happening in front of him in the order. Jun 23 - 5:07 PM

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Nelson Cruz is getting the night off Wednesday.

Adam Lind will serve as the Mariners' DH and hit sixth against Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer.
Jun 22 - 3:57 PM

Nelson Cruz slammed a two-run home run and walked twice but it wasn't enough as the Mariners lost to the Rays in 13 innings on Wednesday.

Time can't slow down Nelson Cruz. He will turn 36 in two weeks but you can't tell that from his .300/.387/.546 slash line, nor by his 16 home runs, 39 runs and 46 RBI. Counting this year, his last three seasons have been the best of his career.
Jun 16 - 12:36 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Indians.

Cruz put on a fun fireworks show. His first-inning, two-run home run off Indians starter Cody Anderson traveled an estimated 410 feet to left center. Child's play, and he responded righteously with an even more impressive 446-foot solo shot to center in the fifth inning. The 36-year-old slugger has five home runs in his last six games. For the season as a whole, he is slashing a stellar .294/.385/.555 with 15 homers and 43 RBI over 211 at-bats. Age is just a number.
Jun 8 - 1:13 AM

Nelson Cruz swatted his 12th home run of the season on Saturday versus the Rangers.

The soon-to-be 36 year old will have to pick up the pace if he is going to hit 40 home runs for the third year in a row but he is still one of the best hitters in baseball.
Jun 5 - 1:07 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
CF1Leonys Martin
2Shawn O'Malley
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
6James Paxton
7Wade LeBlanc
Relief Pitcher
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Mike Montgomery
5Edwin Diaz
6Tony Zych
7Nick Vincent
8Evan Scribner
9Ryan Cook
10David Rollins
11Vidal Nuno
12Donn Roach