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12 Justin Ruggiano RF
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 4/12/1982 | Birthplace: Austin, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: Texas A&M | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $494,500 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mariners' Jackson, Ackley, Morrison not in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison and outfielders Austin Jackson and Dustin Ackley are not in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Rangers.

The Mariners are slotting Justin Ruggiano in the leadoff slot and starting him in center field. It's the 19th time he's acted as his team's leadoff hitter, and he's posted a .177/.261/.380 line with four home runs and four stolen bases in 79 at-bats while in the No. 1 slot.

Rickie Weeks is getting the start in left field and batting sixth Monday, while Willie Bloomquist is playing first base and batting eighth.

The game is a dead heat in Las Vegas, with both teams having the same odds (-105).


Mike Zunino, Brad Miller, Dustin Ackley out of Mariners' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) The Mariners will be without three regulars in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Texas. 

Catcher Mike Zunino, shortstop Brad Miller and left fielder Dustin Ackley are all out of the lineup, getting rest. 

Jesus Sucre gets the start at catcher, just his second appearance of the season. He'll hit ninth in the order. 

Willie Bloomquist gets his fourth appearance of the year, starting at short and batting seventh. Justin Ruggiano will play left and bat sixth. 


Mariners adjust lineup for A's LHP Drew Pomeranz


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is going with six right-handed hitters against the Athletics Friday night, according to MLB.com. 

With Athletics southpaw Drew Pomeranz on the mound, McClendon is giving Dustin Ackley and shortstop Brad Miller some rest. Both are left-handed hitters and McClendon has opted for outfielder Justin Ruggiano and shortstop Willie Bloomquist instead. 

Ruggiano is hitting sixth and Bloomquist ninth. The only left-handed hitters in the lineup are Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison. 


Mariners outfielder Justin Ruggiano owning reserve role this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Mariners outfielder Justin Ruggiano knows he's an add-on this season. Ruggiano, 32, will play in a reserve role this year for Seattle with Seth Smith and Austin Jackson considered starters. Ruggiano played in a minor league game Monday to get some extra work, reports MLB.com.

"I like doing that," Ruggiano said. "You can do whatever you want. You can take two strikes and work on your two-strike approach. You're not there trying to win a job, you're just working on things. To me, it's very beneficial. I'd go down there a couple times a week from here on out if I can. Get the ABs, work on some things."

With roles already filled in, Ruggiano knows he has to be ready no matter when manager Lloyd McClendon calls on him.

"You have a little more work to do between starts or pinch-hits or whatever it is you're going to do," he said. "You have a little more maintenance. It may require you standing in on some bullpens to see some live pitching, if you go a couple days without seeing it. In that aspect, yeah, there's a little more work than guys who play every day. But you just get comfortable being uncomfortable. Just be comfortable and let it all hang out."


Mariners DH Nelson Cruz to see time in right field 'on occasion'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz will see time in right field "on occasion" in order to let the team stream players through the designated-hiter slot, MLB.com reports.

"He’ll play out there in the season on occasion, because it’s nice to be able to rotate him out of that DH spot and give somebody else a day off and get him back on his feet," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "How much he’ll play in the spring, I’m not sure. But it would be safe to say he’ll play his share of games during the season in right field."

Cruz will primarly serve as a designated hitter by the Mariners but has played 744 games in right field in his career and 833 games in the outfield overall. While he's not on defense, the team is expected to use Seth Smith against most righties and Justin Ruggiano against most southpaws.


Mariners planning on batting Smith, Ruggiano in second spot in lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said he is tentatively planning to bat the right-field tandem of Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano second in the lineup, per The New Tribune.

The Mariners ranked last in the majors last season in on-base percentage (.260) from their No. 2 hitters. No other team was lower than .279.

Smith had a .367 OBP last season for San Diego, while Ruggiano had a .337 OBP in 81 games for the Cubs.


Report: Mariners, Austin Jackson agree to $7.7-million deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mariners have avoided arbitration with outfielder Austin Jackson by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.7 million, the Seattle Times reports.

The team was able to avoid arbitration with five players in all Friday by agreeing to the terms of one-year contracts for each player. First basman Logan Morrison is scheduled to make $2.725 million with incentives for reaching 500 and 600 plate appearances. Outfielder Dustin Ackley will take in $2.6 million as well as another $50,000 bonus for reaching 500 plate appearances.

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who was acquired from the Cubs earlier this offseason, will make $2.5 million and can earn another $20,000 if he reaches 375 plate appearances. Pitcher Charlie Furbush will earn $1.3 million.


M's, Justin Ruggiano avoid arbitration with one-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mariners and outfielder Justin Ruggiano have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.505 million contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Ruggiano was sent to Seattle from Chicago via trade in December. He played in 81 games in 2014, hit .281 with six home runs and 28 RBI for the Cubs. He spent the previous two seasons with the Marlins, where in 2012, he hit a career high .313 with 23 doubles and 36 RBI.


Cubs, Mariners agree on deal for OF Justin Ruggiano


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been sent to the Mariners in a deal that will send minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago, the team announced Wednesday. 

Ruggiano, who played in 81 games in 2014, hit .281 with six home runs and 28 RBI for the Cubs. He spent the previous two seasons with the Marlins, where in 2012, he hit a career high .313 with 23 doubles and 36 RBI.

Brazis went 8-6 with 14 saves and 2.89 ERA in three years with four teams in the Mariners minor league organization. 


Cubs tender eight arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Cubs tendered contracts to eight arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline. Those players included: Pitchers Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta, outfielder Chris Coghlan,  third baseman Luis Valbuena, reliever Pedro Strop, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, pitcher Felix Doubront and catcher Welington Castillo.

Report: Cubs to tender offers to 10 arbitration-eligible players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Cubs are expected to tender offers to the 10 arbitration-eligible players on their roster by Tuesday's deadline, according to MLB.com. The 10 players are Travis WoodJake ArrietaJohn BakerWelington CastilloChris CoghlanFelix DoubrontJustin RuggianoPedro StropLuis Valbuena and Wesley Wright.

Justin Ruggiano moved to 60-day DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Cubs moved outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, just a few days after he underwent season-ending ankle surgery in recent days. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster.

Ruggiano finished the season hitting .281/.337/.429 in 224 at-bats, with six home runs and 28 RBI as a part-time player. 


Justin Ruggiano out after season-ending ankle surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano will miss the rest of the year due to season-ending ankle surgery, according to the  Chicago Tribune

Ruggiano has been sidelined since August 22 due to the issue. He met with a specialist recently, and surgery was recommended. 


Justin Ruggiano set to see specialist


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano will visit with a specialist to determine the exact nature of the ankle injury that landed him on the disabled list Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Ruggiano had been out for nearly a week before the team opted to put him on the DL, and at this point no timetable for a potential return is known.  


Justin Ruggiano placed on disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been placed on the disabled list Wednesday.

Ruggiano has been sidelined since August 23 due to an ankle injury. He's hitting .281/.337/.429 over 224 at-bats. 


Justin Ruggiano still sidelined with ankle issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is out of the starting lineup yet again Tuesday against the Reds, as he continues to deal with an ankle injury. He has not played since Friday, as he was scratched from Saturday's lineup as a result of the injury.

Ruggiano remains day to day at this point. 


Justin Ruggiano remains out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.

Ruggiano was scratched from Saturday's lineup with an ankle issue, and it appears he still isn't fully healed. He has hit .281/.337/.429 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 224 at-bats.


Justin Ruggiano sidelined with ankle ailment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been scratched from the Saturday lineup against the Orioles with left ankle soreness.

Ruggiano has hit safely in the last six games in which he has started.


Justin Ruggiano knocks fifth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-3 defeat against the Mets Saturday.

Ruggiano's home run came with his team down six runs, and the offense wouldn't manage to close gap by much more than that. It was his first home run since early July, and the outfielder now owns a .279/.335/.419 line with five home runs and 26 RBI in 215 at-bats.


Justin Ruggiano returns to action Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano returned to the starting lineup Thursday.

Ruggiano missed Wednesday's game due to groin soreness, but it wasn't a big deal. He returned to the starting lineup Thursday and finished 1 for 4, with a run scored. Ruggiano is hitting .282 over 206 at-bats.


Justin Ruggiano dealing with groin soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game as he deals with some soreness in his groin, MLB.com reports.

Ruggiano is available to pinch-hit despite the minor injury. He was removed from Tuesday's game after seven innings with the groin issue. Ruggiano has hit .282/.339/.413 with four home runs and 25 RBI in 206 at-bats.


Cubs expected to keep Justin Ruggiano, Chris Coghlan


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Cubs are expected to keep Justin Ruggiano and Chris Coghlan, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

The team has received offers for Ruggiano, but have declined those offers. Ruggiano is hitting is hitting .293 over 167 at-bats. Coghlan is hitting .273 over 176 at-bats. 


Justin Ruggiano ready to roll again Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Cubs right fielder Justin Ruggiano has returned to the lineup after missing five games with a groin injury. He is set to start Monday against Colorado.

Ruggiano hopes to hit better than he did before going down. He was hitless in four of his last seven games in which he had a plate appearance.


Justin Ruggiano misses fifth straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was sidelined a fifth straight game Sunday against the Cardinals due to a groin injury. He is batting .382 with two home runs, eight doubles and 14 RBI in his last 23 games (17 starts).

Justin Ruggiano still out Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was unable to return to the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals, as he continues to deal with a sore groin. Ruggiano has not started since Tuesday, but appeared in Friday's game as a pinch-hitter.