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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 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

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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

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the Mariners' extra-innings victory over the Athletics on Saturday afternoon in Oakland.

Cruz singled in the fourth inning, slugged a three-run bomb in the eighth inning, and then singled again in the 10th. The veteran outfielder entered the game on a 1-for-15 season-opening drought. He was signed to a four-year, $57 million free agent contract this winter to bring some needed pop to the Mariners' lineup.
Apr 11 - 7:58 PM

Nelson Cruz went 0-for-4 on Friday and is 1-for-15 with no RBI through four games.

There's no way Cruz is hitting 40 homers or driving in 108 runs in Seattle, but he still figures to post fine power numbers over the course of the year. It's just not clicking for the Mariners offense yet; they've scored seven runs in four games.
Apr 11 - 1:09 AM

Nelson Cruz clobbered his fourth home run of the Cactus League season as the Mariners fell to the Indians on Tuesday.

Not to diminish the fact that he hit one out of the yard, but it was served up by Bruce Chen. Cruz finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and is now hitting .333 (14-for-44) with four homers and 10 RBI. He already looks to be in midseason form.
Mar 31 - 10:10 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-2 with a walk and a three-run home run Sunday against the Rangers.

Cruz made it a 6-0 game with a three-run blast off of Yovani Gallardo in the third inning. Cruz now has three homers on the spring -- including two in back-to-back games -- along with a .407 average (11-for-27). He's been exactly what the Mariners paid for so far, now it just has to translate into the regular season.
Mar 22 - 7:05 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-1 with a walk and a solo home run as the Mariners fell 12-10 to the Cubs on Saturday in Cactus League play.

Cruz took an Eric Jokisch offering out to center field in the third inning, tying up the game at 3-3 at the time. The Mariners' new slugger has two dingers on the spring along with a .360 average (9-for-25).
Mar 21 - 7:54 PM

Nelson Cruz singled twice and walked versus the Dodgers on Sunday, raising his Cactus League average to .412.

Cruz is 7-for-17 with six singles and a home run on the spring. It's certainly a good sight for the Mariners, who committed $57 million to him over the offseason. Cruz led the majors last season with 40 home runs. While he may not reach that figure again, he should still rank among baseball's best power hitters in 2015.
Mar 15 - 7:19 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
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
2Danny Farquhar
3Charlie Furbush
4Carson Smith
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6David Rollins
7Dominic Leone
8Joe Beimel
9Mark Lowe
10Edgar Olmos