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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: 75.38
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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."


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.