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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: 75.50
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Mariners' Cruz homers Tuesday, reaches safely in 35th straight


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz continued his torrid pace at the plate on Tuesday. The slugger went 1 for 4 with his MLB-leading 38th home run--a fourth-inning solo shot--in the 6-5 win over the A's.

Cruz's solo shot got the Mariners on the board, as that began a rally for six unanswered runs. With the home run, Cruz has now reached base safely in 35 straight games. Over that stretch, he is batting .347 with 17 home runs and 26 RBI. 


Mariners' Nelson Cruz cracks 35th home run in slugfest loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz got in on the scoring frenzy on Saturday. Cruz went 2 for 3, including his 35th home run of the season. The Mariners would loose the slugfest however, getting outpunched by the Red Sox 22-10.

Cruz's two-run shot came in the eighth inning, cutting Boston's lead to 19-4 at the time. He also had an RBI double earlier in the game, giving him three runs-batted-in for the game.

Cruz snapped a 21-game hitting streak on Friday night, but he picked right back up on Saturday afternoon. He now has seven multi-hit games so far in the month of August.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz sees 21-game hit streak end


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2015) Mariners DH Nelson Cruz went 0 for 3 in Friday's loss to Boston. 

Cruz walked once and struck out twice. The hitless day ended his 21-game hitting streak, which had been the longest current streak in MLB. 

Cruz hit .411 with 1.376 OPS over the streak. 


Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz ready to roll Friday in Fenway


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2015) The hitter the Mariners could least afford to lose will not be lost any longer. Nelson Cruz is set to start Friday night in Boston after neck spasms prevented him from playing since Tuesday.

Cruz has been been raking all year, but has been particularly hot lately. He owns a 21-game hitting streak in which he has blasted 13 home runs. All seven of his RBI in August have come via the long ball.


Neck spasms cause Mariners' Nelson Cruz to sit out on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles. Cruz was lifted from Tuesday's game after experiencing neck spasms. The Mariners have not provided details on the severity of the injury.

Cruz will have to pause his hitting streak, which currently sits at 21 games, the longest active streak in the majors. 


Mariners' Nelson Cruz homers to extend hit streak, leaves with injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz exited Tuesday's game against the Orioles with neck spasms. Cruz went 1 for 3 with a solo home run, extending his hitting streak to 21 games, before being lifted for a defensive replacement in the seventh inning.


Mariners RF Nelson Cruz pushes hitting streak to 20


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz extended his hitting streak to a career-high 20 games Monday with a leadoff single in the fourth inning against Baltimore.

It was his only hit of the game.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz extends hit streak to 18


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) Mariners DH Nelson Cruz went 2 for 4 with a walk, a double and a run scored in Saturday's loss to Texas. 

Cruz extended the longest current hitting streak in MLB to 18 straight games.

Cruz is hitting .425 over the streak.  


Mariners' Nelson Cruz hits in 15th straight game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 2 for 4 in Tuesday's win over Colorado. 

He walked once and hit his 31st home run of the season.

Cruz hit in his 15th straight game, the longest current hit streak in MLB. He's hitting .438 over the streak.


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz hits 30th home run of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz connected off Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler for his 30th home run of the season during Monday's 8-7 win. The solo shot was his only RBI of the game. He finished the contest 3 for 4 with one walk.

Prior to Monday's win, Cruz was hitting .407 with eight home runs and 12 RBI in his last 13 games.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz homers, doubles to extend hit streak


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz stayed hot at the plate on Saturday, as he went 2 for 4 with his 28th home run in the 3-2 loss to the Twins. Cruz, who also hit his 17th double in the game, pushed his hitting streak up to 12 games with the two-hit night.

The 12-game hot streak has lifted Cruz's average from .300 to its current .316 mark.


Nelson Cruz has four hits for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Mariners DH Nelson Cruz went 4 for 5 in Friday's win over Minnesota. 

Cruz had his first four-hit day since September of last season. He doubled and homered, driving in two runs. 

Cruz hit in his 11th straight game. He's hitting .400 with six home runs over the streak. 


Mariners DH Nelson Cruz blasts 26th home run in loss Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz went deep for his 26th home run on Tuesday, but it would be for naught as the Mariners lost the game 8-4 to the Diamondbacks. It was Cruz's only hit of the game, as the solo shot cut the D-Backs' lead to 6-2 in the sixth inning. 

Cruz has been smoking at the plate recently, batting .333 (15 for 45) with four home runs and eight RBI over his past 10 games.


Nelson Cruz lone bright spot for Mariners in loss to Detroit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz watched several of his teammates rack up hits Wednesday in Detroit. But as so often has happened this season, he was the only one producing runs.

Cruz drove in three of the team's four runs with a solo homer in the fourth and two-run tater in the sixth. He added a double in the loss. He leads Seattle in home runs, runs and RBI.

His big game ended a 3-for-22 slide.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz snaps home run slump


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Mariners DH Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over Detroit. 

Cruz went 1 for 5 and scored twice. 

Cruz hit his first homer since July 3 and snapped a 13-game homerless streak by hitting his 22nd. 


Mariners' Nelson Cruz still waiting for first All Star hit


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2015) Mariners' DH Nelson Cruz started his second straight All Star Game and appeared in his third on Tuesday. 

After an 0 for 2 night, Cruz is still waiting for his first All Star hit. Cruz is 0 for 5 in his career with one walk and two strikeouts. He struck out once in Tuesday's game. 


Angels duo Trout, Pujols lead power-packed AL All-Star lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/13/2015) Angels sluggers Mike Trout and Albert Pujols lead a powerful American League lineup for Tuesday's All-Star Game, which was announced Monday by AL manager Ned Yost. 

Trout will play center field and bat leadoff, while Pujols will hit third and play first base. Together, the pair of Los Angeles teammates have combined for 52 home runs and 111 RBIs to rally the Angels into first place at the break. 

Here's the full AL lineup:

1. Mike Trout, CF, Angels
2. Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays
3. Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels
4. Nelson Cruz, DH, Mariners
5. Lorenzo Cain, RF, Royals
6. Adam Jones, LF, Orioles
7. Salvador Perez, C, Royals
8. Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
9. Alcides Escobar, SS, Royals 


Mariners' Nelson Cruz gets three hits, scores three times Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz reached base safely in all four plate-appearances in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Angels. Cruz went 3 for 3 a double, a walk and three runs scored.

The three runs represent a season-high for Cruz, who is batting .349 in 11 games this month.


Mariners DH Nelson Cruz gets three hits in win over Angels


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz enjoyed his fourth multi-hit game during July on Thursday against the Angels.

Cruz went 3 for 5 with a RBI in the 7-2 victory. Over his last nine games, Cruz is hitting .305 with 11 hits, two doubles, two home runs and six RBI.


AL Starters announced for 2015 All-Star Game


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) The American League starters for the 2015 All-Star Game on July 14 were announced Sunday. The Royals will send four starters to the Summer Classic, with Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon leading the votes in their respective positions.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance. He received the most votes of any outfielder and the second most on the AL roster.

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Royals
First baseman: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (injured)
Second baseman: Jose Altuve, Astros
Third baseman: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays (top AL vote-getter)
Shortstop: Alcides Escobar, Royals
Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels
Outfield: Lorenzo Cain, Royals
Outfield: Alex Gordon, Royals
Designated Hitter: Nelson Cruz , Mariners


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."