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Nelson Cruz | Outfielder

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/1/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie with a three-run home run in the ninth inning, leading the Mariners past the Rays on Wednesday.
Closer Brad Boxberger started the ninth inning for the Rays. After consecutive strikeouts, he walked back-to-back batters to bring Cruz to the plate. He lifted a Boxberger fastball to straightaway center field for a three-run jack. Cruz, who went 1-for-4 on the afternoon, has 18 homers on the year along with 38 RBI and a monster .341/.395/.687 triple-slash line. May 27 - 3:30 PM

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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with his major league-leading 17th home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

It was a solo shot off Marco Estrada in the sixth inning. Cruz has multi-hit games in three out of the last four and currently leads the AL with a .354 batting average. Kendrys Morales pulled ahead in RBI with a big night Friday against the Cardinals, but Cruz isn't too far off the pace there either. He has 34 RBI for the year.
May 22 - 10:14 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Up against his old mates for the closing game of the series, Nelson Cruz decided to show mercy and hit a mere single. He also struck out twice. Cruz has been worth every penny the Mariners paid in the off-season and is currently hitting a mind-bending .351/.412/.708 with 16 homers, 33 RBI and 28 runs scored. The RBI total would be higher if the Mariners actually had other hitters who got on base, but alas, they do not.
May 21 - 6:29 PM

Nelson Cruz kept his hold on the major league in home runs, blasting his 16th of the season as the Mariners fell to the Orioles on Tuesday.

Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk along with the homer. It was a three-run blast in the third inning which temporarily broke a 1-1 tie. Bryce Harper had homered earlier in the evening to move into a tie with Cruz at 15 home runs, so Cruz reclaimed his throne. Along with the 16 homers, Cruz is batting .347/.404/.714 and has knocked in 33 runs.
May 19 - 10:27 PM

Nelson Cruz singled in Brad Miller in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Friday.

First base was open, so the Red Sox had the option of walking Cruz with two outs to bring up Kyle Seager. They opted to face Cruz instead, and he got ahold of a bad splitter from Junichi Tazawa, sending it to the gap in left-center. He's in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak.
May 16 - 12:56 AM

Nelson Cruz clubbed his major league-leading 15th home run on Tuesday to help the Mariners take down the Padres.

The homer didn't matter much, as the eighth-inning solo blast made it an 11-3 game. Cruz had somehow been held homerless in his previous five games, so it was good to see all is still right with the universe following Tuesday's performance in which he went 2-for-4 with a walk. Along with the 15 dingers, he has 29 RBI and a .349/.401/.754 triple-slash line.
May 13 - 1:49 AM

Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a solo home run, his 14th of the season, to help the Mariners take down the Angels on Monday.

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was twirling a gem until Cruz ripped a line drive down the left field line to put the Mariners up 1-0. He finished 1-for-4 on the night. Cruz has four home runs in his last four ballgames. Along with the 14 in total, he has knocked in 26 runs and is batting .340/.382/.796.
May 5 - 12:51 AM

Nelson Cruz continued to scorch the earth, hitting his 12th and 13th home runs of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros

Both home runs were solo shots. Cruz hit the first in the second inning off of Collin McHugh, then followed it up with another solo homer off McHugh in the sixth inning. He's now hit three homers in the last two days and his 13 long-balls lead the league, as do his 25 RBI. Cruz's production (.347/.392/.811) has been exactly what the Mariners hoped for when they signed him as a free agent. Despite the strong numbers, the team itself is just 10-14.
May 3 - 12:42 AM

Nelson Cruz launched his major-league leading 11th home run of the season Friday against the Astros.

His ninth-inning blast traveled at an estimated distance of 469 feet. It actually hit the train at Minute Maid Ballpark. Cruz finished the night 2-for-4 and owns a monster .330/.378/.747 batting line. He also leads the majors with 23 RBI.
May 2 - 12:01 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with his 10th homer and a walk Wednesday versus the Rangers.

Cruz is batting .500 with three homers and seven RBI in six games against his old team this year. He's putting up positively ludicrous numbers outside of Safeco, with a .429 average, seven homers and a 6/5 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats. At home, he hasn't been quite as scary, batting .271 with three homers and an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 48 at-bats.
Apr 29 - 11:28 PM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a run scored to help the Mariners edge the Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday.

Cruz tripled to lead off the fourth inning -- just his 11th triple in 983 career games -- and scored the Mariners' first run a batter later. He finished a homer shy of the cycle, and the outfielder is now hitting an impressive .329/.376/.734 through 20 games. Some scoffed at the signing, but Cruz has been one of the best hitters in baseball, let alone on the Mariners, through the season's first month.
Apr 28 - 11:06 PM

Nelson Cruz had himself another mighty impressive afternoon on Sunday, clobbering a pair of home runs and delivering a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning, leading the Mariners to a come-from-behind 11-10 victory over the Rangers.

Cruz belted a solo shot off Ross Detwiler in the first inning then tagged him again for a three-run blast in the third. With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, he lined the game-winning single off Rangers closer Neftali Feliz to complete the comeback after the M's trailed 10-5. Cruz, the Major League leader in home runs, has blasted eight long balls in his last eight games. He's now slashing a monstrous .354/.404/.854 with 14 RBI on the season, doing exactly what the Mariners envisioned when inking him to a contract this winter.
Apr 19 - 8:12 PM

Nelson Cruz homered in his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Cruz, who finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, took a David Huff offering out to left field in the first inning for his fifth home run of the season. All five have come in the outfielder's last four games. Cruz has been exactly what the Mariners paid for when they signed him to a four-year, $57 million contract in December. He led the majors with 40 homers last season.
Apr 15 - 1:50 AM

Nelson Cruz hit a pair of home runs, but the Mariners suffered a 10-inning, 6-5 loss to the Dodgers on Monday.

Cruz got the scoring started early with a two-run home run off of Brandon McCarthy in the first inning. He added a solo home run in the fourth inning to make it 3-0 at the time. Cruz, last year's home run leader, now has four home runs on the season, all of which have come in his last three games.
Apr 14 - 1:32 AM

Nelson Cruz launched a 10th inning home run to help the Mariners pull out an 8-7 win over the A's on Sunday.

It shouldn't have even reached this point, but The Fernando Rodney Experience was a bad trip on Sunday and the Mariners found themselves playing baseball in extra innings despite holding a 7-3 lead entering the ninth. Cruz made sure the free ball didn't last long, smacking a solo home run off of Tyler Clippard and helping secure the victory. Cruz has been central to two straight extra-inning wins for the Mariners. On Saturday, he hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning. Following a 1-for-15 start to the season, Cruz is now four for his last nine with two home runs and four RBI. These are the kinds of numbers the Mariners signed him for.
Apr 12 - 7:50 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Welington Castillo
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Seth Smith
2Justin Ruggiano
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
6Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Carson Smith
3Charlie Furbush
4Tom Wilhelmsen
5Joe Beimel
6Mark Lowe
7David Rollins
8Tyler Olson