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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 (foot) is back in the Mariners' lineup Friday.
Cruz missed a game after fouling a ball off his foot, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting cleanup against Jon Lester and the Cubs. Jul 29 - 11:46 AM

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Nelson Cruz (foot) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

Cruz left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. It's just sore, and he's considered day-to-day. Seth Smith is starting in right field for the M's on Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Jul 27 - 3:05 PM

Nelson Cruz was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Pirates because of a sore foot.

Cruz fouled a ball off his foot early Tuesday night and looked to be laboring as he ran from first base to third base on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh. It doesn't sound like anything too serious, but the big slugger figures to get a full day off Wednesday as a precautionary measure.
Jul 26 - 10:53 PM

Nelson Cruz made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent leg injury.

Cruz was moving gingerly as he went from first to third on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh inning and Franklin Gutierrez took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. There should be an update from the Mariners within the hour.
Jul 26 - 9:31 PM

Nelson Cruz had a monster day at the dish on Saturday, blasting two long balls and plating seven runs in a 14-5 rout of the Blue Jays.

Cruz got the party started in the third inning with a grand slam off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. He then capped off the offense for the M's with a towering three-run shot off Drew Storen in the eighth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-5 and is now hitting an impressive .288/.372/.548 with 25 homers and 65 RBI on the year.
Jul 23 - 4:28 PM

Nelson Cruz (foot) has been scratched from Saturday's game against the Astros.

Cruz fouled a ball off his foot in Friday's series opener and is still a bit sore. Franklin Gutierrez will fill in at right field and bat seventh against Astros right-hander Lance McCullers. Cruz and teammate Ketel Marte (ankle) are both day-to-day.
Jul 16 - 2:49 PM

Nelson Cruz hit his 22nd home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

His 22 homers are third-most in the American League with a few games left to go before the All-Star break. He's on a trajectory for a third straight 40-homer season. Cruz is batting .281/.365/.545 with 57 RBI and 51 runs scored overall.
Jul 5 - 11:14 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Cruz crushed a two-run shot off Pirates starter Jonathon Niese in the fifth inning. The dinger was his 20th of the season. In addition to that lofty mark, the veteran slugger is slashing a stupendous .284/.367/.537 and has driven in 53 runs. On the micro level, he has homered in back-to-back contests.
Jun 29 - 1:37 AM

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

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

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C1Chris Iannetta
2Mike Zunino
3Steve Clevenger
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Shawn O'Malley
3Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
2Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5James Paxton
6Wade LeBlanc
7Adrian Sampson
Relief Pitcher
R1Steve Cishek
2Edwin Diaz
3Charlie Furbush
4Tony Zych
5Nick Vincent
6Vidal Nuno
7Nate Karns
8Tom Wilhelmsen
9Drew Storen
10Evan Scribner
11Ryan Cook