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23 Nelson Cruz RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 7/1/1980 | Birthplace: Monte Cristi, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $10,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 75.49
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Mariners RF Nelson Cruz slams 20th home run of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's in over the Padres.

Cruz hit a two-run home run in the ninth-inning to help cap what turned out to be a four-run inning for the Mariners who won 7-0.

Cruz is hitting .350 with seven hits, a home run and four RBI over his last five games.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz will start at DH


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The Mariners will have Nelson Cruz available for Tuesday night's game against the Royals. 

Cruz, who is starting as the team's designated hitter, sustained a displaced pelvic bone injury on Monday that caused some doubt as to whether he would be able to suit up for Tuesday's game. The injury apparently wasn't serious enough to cause him to miss game action. 

Cruz is hitting .313/.380/.568 this season. 


Mariners RF Nelson Cruz nearly set to start Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Lloyd McClendon has declared that Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz is expected to play Tuesday night against Kansas City.

McClendon told MLB Network Radio that Cruz was "running around after the game" Monday after his pelvic bone had been displaced and had to be popped back in place. McClendon added that Cruz has been lobbying to remain in the lineup, claiming he was good to go.


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz seems fine after pelvic bone scare


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The Mariners have clarified the injury that forced slugger Nelson Cruz out of the game Monday night, which was originally claimed to be right hamstring tightness. It has since been diagnosed as a displaced pelvic bone.

Trainers popped it back into place. The injury is not considered serious or long-term.

"He had some discomfort," Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com. "He's OK now but we'll see how he feels (Tuesday)."

Cruz has been pretty much raking all season. His 0-for-2 performance Monday ended a four-game hitting streak, but he still boasts a tremendous slash line of .313/.380/.568.


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz suffers hamstring injury Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz was forced to exit Monday's game against the Royals after he sustained a right hamstring injury, reports The News Tribune.

Cruz was 0 for 2 before leaving with the injury. He was replaced by Dustin Ackley in the seventh inning. 

After the game, manager Lloyd McClendon said the injury is not serious, reports The News Tribune.

"What they're telling me," McClendon said, "is it's going to be very short-term."


Mariners' Nelson Cruz blasts 19th home run on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz launched his 19th home run of the season in the 6-3 win over the Astros on Saturday. Cruz hadn't gone deep since the end of May, erasing a 20-game homerless drought. 

The third-inning solo bomb broke a 2-2 tie, and it was Cruz's only hit of the game. Cruz is batting just .219 over his last 10 games.


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz plays through illness Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz played Thursday against the Giants despite feeling ill before the game. He went 1 for 3 with one walk and one strikeout.

"Looking back, I probably shouldn't have played Cruz," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said, per MLB.com. "He was throwing up as well right before the game. He toughed it out and tried to give us what he had."

McClendon is expecting Cruz to be in the lineup Friday. Cruz has cooled off in June, batting .218 with no home runs and three RBI in 15 games.


Mariners' Cruz returns in time to face Astros lefty Oberholtzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz made his return to the starting lineup Friday against the Astros after missing two straight games due to back spasms. Cruz was at DH on Friday and batting cleanup.

Cruz has done a lot of damage out of the cleanup spot this season, batting .320 with 18 home runs and 39 RBI in 51 games. He has also done really welly against lefties, batting .472 with six home runs. Astros left-hander Brett Oberholtzer is starting for Houston on Friday.


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz sidelined again Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz was absent from the starting lineup Thursday against the Indians for a second straight game due to back spasms. 

Manager Lloyd McClendon said providing Cruz with another day off was his decision. Cruz could play, but he wants to be careful with his star slugger. Cruz is available to pinch-hit.

Cruz is batting .243 (9 for 37) with one double, one RBI, one run, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his last 10 games. He has not hit a home run in his last 12 games.


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz held out of lineup Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Indians after leaving Tuesday's game due to back spasms. However, manager Lloyd McClendon said Cruz is healthy enough to play and is available to pinch-hit.

Cruz is batting .243 (9 for 37) with one double, one RBI, one run, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his last 10 games. He has not hit a home run in his last 12 games.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz leaves game with back spasms


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz left Tuesday's game mid-at bat in the fifth inning. 

Cruz left for pinch hitter Dustin Ackley, with a 2-2 count. Cruz appeared to be in pain after swinging twice during the at bat, per MLB.com.

The team later announced that Cruz left with back spasms. Afterward, manager Lloyd McClendon said that the problem wasn't serious, and Cruz was day-to-day. 


Nelson Cruz returns to right field for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Nelson Cruz returns to right field for the Mariners for his 30th start there this season on Friday. Cruz is in the starting lineup in right after spending the last four games at designated hitter. 

Seth Smith, who had started the last four in right, moves to DH for his twelfth start there.. 


Mariners DH Nelson Cruz blasts go-ahead home run in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 at the plate in Seattle's 3-0 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

Cruz stepped to the box in the ninth with runners on first and second after going 0 for 3 to start the game. Cruz crushed a Brad Boxberger pitch over the right center field wall to break a 0-0 tie, his 18th of the season. Cruz is now hitting .341 with 38 RBI on the season.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz hits HR in win over Blue Jays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz hit his 17th home run of the season during Friday night's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. 

Cruz went yard in the sixth inning on a solo shot. It's his second home run in the past four games. Cruz finished the game 2 for 4. He's now slashing .354/.414/.728. 


Mariners' Nelson Cruz held to one hit in loss to Orioles


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz had his production at the plate limited during Thursday's 5-4 loss against the Orioles. 

Cruz went 1 for 3 with a single and two walks in the game. He was coming off of two consecutive games with two hits apiece. Cruz has been off to a red-hot start this year, hitting .351/.412/.708. 


Mariners' Nelson Cruz blasts 16th home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 2 for 3 at the plate in Seattle's 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday.

Cruz did his damage in the third inning when he blasted a Miguel Gonzalez pitch out of the park for a three-run shot, his league-leading 16th of the season. He is now hitting .347 with an American League high 33 RBI on the season.


Nelson Cruz moves to DH for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz gets a day off from the field on Sunday. 

Cruz will play designated hitter on Sunday. Justin Ruggiano replaced Cruz in right field for his fourth start of the season. Ruggiano will bat second.


Mariners' McClendon: Nelson Cruz hasn't hit hot streak yet


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is the top hitter in the American League so far. The slugger leads the AL in average entering Saturday's games with .358, home runs with 15 and tied for the lead in RBI with 30. However, manager Lloyd McClendon still thinks his peak has yet to come, according to MLB.com.

"To be truthful, I don't think he's gotten hot to the point where it's just ridiculous," said McClendon. "He's grinding at-bats out and getting his hits, he's going the other way. If they make a mistake, he'll hit it out. But I've seen him to the point where he'll get hot and hit good pitches out of the ballpark and that hasn't happened yet."

McClendon believes more home runs are on the way for Cruz.

"I think home run hitters, when they get hot, they hit home runs in bunches and he hasn't done that yet," McClendon said. "His have been spread out. A few here and a few there. He did have a streak where he hit [six] in five days or something like that, but there's a big streak in there that hasn't come out yet."


Mariners' Nelson Cruz unleashes MLB-leading 15th HR vs. Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz launched his MLB-leading 15th home run of the season during Tuesday's win over San Diego.

Cruz took reliever Frank Garces deep for a solo home run in the eighth inning. He singled in a run in the sixth and finished 2 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI in an 11-4 victory.

"What can I say, I love hitting in this ballpark,'' Cruz told Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY prior to the game. "We have such a great batter's eye here, and I see the ball good.

"This is where I wanted to come. I don't care about the numbers. I just wanted to be on a winning team, to be in the playoffs. I thought it would be nice to come here and bring joy to the fans.

"So it was easy to come here.''

Cruz, who signed a four-year contract in the offseason, is hitting .349/.401/.754 with 15 homers and 29 RBI this season.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz keeps slugging, nabs 14th homer Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 win over the Angels Monday.

The Mariners were only able to collect four home runs Monday night; incredibly, three were solo homers, with the first coming from Cruz, the major-league home-run leader. He broke a scoreless tie with his seventh-inning shot over the left field wall. It was his fifth home run in the last six games.

Cruz has hit .340/.382/.796 with 14 home runs and 26 RBI in 103 at-bats. He'll look to keep rolling as the series against the Angels continues Tuesday.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz crushes two more home runs Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3 for 4 at the plate in Seattle's 11-4 loss to the Astros Saturday.

Cruz did his damage early in the second, taking a Collin McHugh pitch over the left center field wall for a solo blast. Then in the sixth, Cruz repeated himself with a shot to left center, his league-leading 13th home run of the year.

"I have no idea when he gets going like this what to do," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said to the Houston Chronicle. "He's as dangerous a hitter as there is in the big leagues. I like when he comes up with nobody on, I can tell you that. He’s got guys around him that are difficult to navigate, but I'm glad they were solo homers."

Cruz is now hitting a blistering .347 with 25 RBI in 95 at-bats.

"I think I've been in a pretty nice groove the last couple weeks," said Cruz to MLB.com. "It's nice. Hopefully I keep doing that and hopefully I get some runners on and I can do that damage also. It feels like every time I've got runners on, I've left them out there."


Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon demands his offense picks it up


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Although free-agent pick up Nelson Cruz has been outstanding thus far for the Mariners (league-leading 11 home runs), the rest of the offense has underachived and manager Lloyd McClendon voicedhis frustrations, reports MLB.com.

"We've got to get going," McClendon said. "I'm seeing a lot of at-bats I don't like. We're much more professional than that. You've got to be able to slow things down and get it done and we're just not doing that."

Nelson Cruz launches league-leading 11th homer in Mariners' loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz connected for his league-leading 11th home run of the season in Friday's loss to the Astros.

Mariners' Nelson Cruz hits another home run against Rangers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Nelson Cruz hit his 10th home run of the season in the Mariners' 5-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Cruz hit the solo home run in the second inning. He also hit a single and scored two runs in the game. Cruz's RBI from the solo shot brings his total to 22 this season. Cruz also drew a walk. 

Cruz is now hitting .337/.389/.759 this season. 


DH Nelson Cruz singles, doubles, triples in Mariners' win on Tuesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 3 for 4 and came up a homer shy of the cycle Tuesday in the Mariners' victory over the Athletics.

It would have been the first cycle for the Mariners since Adrian Beltre produced one in 2008.