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Nelson Cruz | Designated Hitter | #23

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (36) / 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 will play right field in Thursday's game against the Nationals.
Cruz is sitting out Wednesday's contest, though he will be available to pinch-hit in that game. When the slugger starts in right field on Thursday, it will be just his second game at a position other than designated hitter this season. May 24 - 4:05 PM

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Nelson Cruz is not in the Mariners' lineup Wednesday at Nationals Park.

There is no DH available, so Cruz will operate as a bench weapon for manager Scott Servais. Ben Gamel is starting in right field and batting fifth versus Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark.
May 24 - 3:31 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Sunday that Nelson Cruz will play the outfield during two of the team's three games in Washington this week.

While the M's won't have the benefit of a designated hitter, they'll still be able to keep their biggest power bat in the middle of the lineup. Fantasy owners should plan to be without him for only one of those three contests, and even then he should appear as a pinch hitter.
May 21 - 8:34 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Cruz's solo home run off Derek Holland in the seventh inning put the Mariners on the board, but it mattered little in the end, as it merely drew the M's to within 8-1. The veteran slugger boasts a .301/.383/.564 triple-slash and has bopped 11 homers while driving in 37 runs with Memorial Day just around the corner.
May 21 - 7:09 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the A's.

With two outs in the first inning, Cruz rocked a solo home run off Andrew Triggs to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead. The veteran slugger will turn 37 years old on July 1, but has shown no signs of slowing down in the face of Father Time and owns a .326/.415/.601 batting line with 10 home runs and 34 RBI across 138 at-bats this season.
May 17 - 1:40 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in a loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday.

There weren't many highlights for the Mariners on this night, but Cruz' no-doubter to dead center field was one of them. It was a fat pitch that Cruz didn't miss -- Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada didn't even watch as it sailed over the wall -- eventually landing 441 feet later. Cruz leads the league with his 31 RBI, and he's hitting .331/.413/.595 in 34 games overall.
May 11 - 10:33 PM

Nelson Cruz (hamstring) is in the Mariners' starting lineup on Thursday night.

He'll start at DH and bat cleanup versus Toronto after sitting out for most of the Mariners' series at Citizens Bank Park due to minor hamstring discomfort.
May 11 - 3:54 PM

Nelson Cruz (hamstring) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Cruz didn't make a start during the Mariners' series at Citizens Bank Park, partly because there was no DH available under National League rules but also because he's been battling through some hamstring discomfort. He should return to his regular everyday DH duties on Thursday night in Toronto.
May 11 - 8:41 AM

Nelson Cruz (hamstring) is out of the Mariners' lineup again on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

There is no DH available at Citizens Bank Park and Cruz is working through some minor hamstring discomfort, so he'll continue to operate as a bench bat. He should be back in the starting lineup Thursday in Toronto.
May 10 - 11:36 AM

Nelson Cruz is not in the Mariners' starting lineup Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

There is no DH available to the Mariners at Citizens Bank Park, so Cruz will function as a bench bat. He's been working through some mild hamstring discomfort.
May 9 - 3:52 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and an RBI double in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Cruz hit an RBI double off Alex Meyer in the first inning and an RBI single (again off Meyer) in the fourth inning. That pair of hits boosted his RBI total to a healthy 27 through the first month-plus of the season. In addition, the slugger is working to a masterful .330/.410/.602 triple-slash with seven home runs across 103 at-bats.
May 5 - 1:12 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 and hit his seventh homer Sunday against the Indians.

All seven of those homers have come in his last 15 games, as he went the first 10 without one. He has a 10/11 K/BB ratio during the current surge, which is pretty good from someone who has struck out 2.8 times as often as he's walked in his career.
Apr 30 - 4:50 PM

Nelson Cruz (hamstring) smacked a two-run homer Saturday in his return to the lineup.

Cruz missed Friday's game with a hamstring cramp but returned with a bang Saturday, swatting a two-run shot off of Danny Salazar in the first inning. It doesn't look like his hammy will be a lingering issue.
Apr 30 - 8:13 AM

Nelson Cruz is expected to return to the Mariners' lineup on Saturday after sitting out due to a hamstring cramp on Friday.

The lineup hasn't been released yet, but Cruz told reporters that he's good to go. The 36-year-old is hitting .305/.400/.561 with five homers and 19 RBI through his first 23 games of the season.
Apr 29 - 1:42 PM

Nelson Cruz was scratched from Friday's lineup with a cramp in his hamstring.

He should be back in there in a day or two as long as it's indeed merely a cramp. Taylor Motter has taken Cruz's spot in the lineup.
Apr 28 - 3:44 PM

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2Carlos Ruiz
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SS1Jean Segura
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Guillermo Heredia
2Taylor Motter
CF1Jarrod Dyson
2Boog Powell
RF1Mitch Haniger
2Ben Gamel
DH1Nelson Cruz
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2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Drew Smyly
5Yovani Gallardo
6Ariel Miranda
7Christian Bergman
8Sam Gaviglio
9Ryan Weber
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2Steve Cishek
3Nick Vincent
4Evan Scribner
5Marc Rzepczynski
6James Pazos
7Tony Zych
8Daniel Altavilla
9Evan Marshall
10Robert Whalen
11Shae Simmons
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