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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%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 75.56
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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.

Mariners manager not concerned with Nelson Cruz use in outfield


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is not concerned yet with slugger Nelson Cruz. The skipper said Tuesday he will continue to use him as both an outfielder and designated hitter throughout the season and will make his adjustments as he sees fit, according to MLB.com.

"When I think he needs a day for his legs, I give it to him," said McClendon, who had Cruz at DH in Tuesday's game. "If not, I'm going to play him in the outfield. I reassess it every day. I have to make sure I keep him healthy. I have to be smart about it."

Coming into Tuesday's game, Cruz is hitting .382 with nine home runs and 19 RBI in 14 games in right field while he was hitting .100 in his first five games as a DH.


Seth Smith leading off for Mariners on Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Mariners are going with Seth Smith at leadoff for Wednesday night's game against the Astros. 

Smith will serve as Seattle's designated hitter for this game with Nelson Cruz playing right field. Dustin Ackley, who hit leadoff on Tuesday, is playing in left field and is batting seventh. First baseman Logan Morrison is hitting sixth. 


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz collects two hits Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz continued his hot start when he drove in two runs during Monday's 7-5 loss to the Astros.

Cruz was 2 of 5 during the game, including a double in the fifth inning, which drove in Robinson Cano. He also struck out once. Cruz is not batting .358 on the season.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz rips two homers, walk-off single in win Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 3 for 6 at the plate Sunday with two home runs and the game-winning walk off single in the ninth to lead Seattle to an 11-10 win over the Rangers.

Cruz got things going early with a solo homer in the first over the left center field wall on a 1-0 pitch from Ross Detwiler. Cruz then homered again in the third, again off Detwiler, over the left field wall for a three-run shot, his eighth of the season.

Cruz then came up in the ninth with the game tied at 10 and the bases loaded after Texas intentionally walked Robinson Cano. Cruz ripped a 2-2 pitch to left field, bringing home the winning run.

"It was a great win," Cruz said to MLB.com. "I think we need this one. [I was looking for] something that I can put in play. I strike out three times with runners on … When it mattered the most, I get the hit."

Cruz is now hitting .354 with 14 RBI in 48 at-bats this season.


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz goes for six straight games with HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz will seek to hit a home run in a sixth straight game Friday against the Rangers. Given his history against Rangers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, it's a strong possibility the streak might continue.

Cruz is 2 for 2 in his career against Gallardo, with both of his hits being home runs. Cruz has also drawn a walk off the right-hander.

Cruz has already homered six times during his career-best home run streak. His previous best was four straight games, which he accomplished during the 2011 season. 


Mariners' Nelson Cruz slugs sixth home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 2 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-2 loss to the Dodgers Wednesday.

Cruz knocked his MLB-leading sixth home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game, but the Mariners weren't able to muster up enough offense to keep up with the Dodgers after giving up three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The right fielder has now hit at least one home run in five straight games. Cruz has hit .294 while collecting nine RBI in nine games.


Mariners RF Nelson Cruz extends HR streak to four games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game to match the longest streak of his career. Cruz took David Huff deep in the opening frame for a solo home run over the left-field wall at Dodger Stadium. He homered twice off Brandon McCarthy the previous night and has five homers in four games. He has six hits over his last 16 at-bats over that span.

Cruz finished 1 for 3 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI in a 6-5 victory. He is hitting .258/.324/.742 on the year


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz blasts two home runs Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Mariners DH Nelson Cruz hit two home runs Monday, but it was not enough as the Mariners fell, 6-5, to the Dodgers in extra innings.

The two home runs were the third and fourth of the season for Cruz. He finished the game 2 for 4 with three RBI.

Cruz, who has homered in three straight games, has gone 6 for 13 after opening the season mired in a 1-for-15 slump.

"He's finding his groove," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said after Monday's game, per MLB.com. "He's swinging at strikes, he's getting pitches to drive and he's taking care of them. I think early on he was probably trying to do a little too much, but he's settled in and he's comfortable now."


Mariners' Nelson Cruz rips game-winning home run Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 in Seattle's 8-7 win over the Athletics in 10 innings Sunday.

Cruz was quiet throughout the game at the plate, going 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout, before stepping in the box in the 10th. Cruz crushed a 2-0 pitch from Tyler Clippard to left field to give Seattle the 8-7 lead with a solo home run, his second of the year. 

"I didn't think it was going to be out because I hit it at the end of the bat," Cruz said to The News Tribune.

Cruz is now hitting .208 in 24 at-bats to begin the year.


Nelson Cruz hits three-run homer to lead Mariners' comeback


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Nelson Cruz hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to wipe out a 2-1 A's lead in the Mariners' 5-4 extra-inning victory. 

The homer capped a three-for-five day for Cruz. He hit a 1-1 pitch off of reliever Dan Otero with two outs in the eighth. 

''It's always important. I need to hit. The whole lineup needs to contribute,'' Cruz said. ''We needed this win, most importantly. The whole lineup contributed, getting hits and scratching out runs. We got a W. That's what we needed.''


Mariners' McClendon: Cruz to see plenty of time in right field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has used Nelson Cruz in right field three times in the first five games, and he is expected to see plenty of playing time at the position this season, MLB.com reports.

"Really, right field is his position," McClendon said. "He played right field quite a bit in Texas and DH’d in Baltimore because of their outfield situation. I don’t have any second thoughts or trepidations about putting him in the outfield at all. I just need to be smart about when I put him out there and make sure he stays healthy throughout the year. I’ll use the DH spot to do that."

McClendon said early in March that Cruz would play right field "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." However, it appears Cruz is ticketed for a larger outfield role than expected.

"But to say he’s our full-time DH, I never said that and never committed to that,” McClendon said Saturday. "And he’s not. I like the idea of being able to rotate that DH spot to give guys a day off and when somebody is nicked up like (Seth) Smith. Cruz will play his share of outfield."

Cruz is just 1 for 15 in his first four games.


Rickie Weeks and Nelson Cruz prevent Mariners from being no hit


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) The Mariners were shut down in a 2-0 loss to the Angels on Tuesday. The only two Mariner hits on the day were courtesy of DH Rickie Weeks and right fielder Nelson Cruz

Cruz singled to center to start the second inning, and Weeks added a third inning single to left. Angels pitchers then retired the final 20 batters of the game. 

Weeks went one for four and is hitting .250 on the young season. Cruz went one for three, lifting his average to .143.


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.