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Reunion with ex-Ranger Nelson Cruz not optimal given his current hot streak

Reunion with ex-Ranger Nelson Cruz not optimal given his current hot streak

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Tacoma News-Tribune Apr 12, 2015

Nelson Cruz’s homer saves Fernando Rodney as Mariners beat A’s 8-7 in 10 innings

Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney blows four-run lead in the ninth inning before Nelson Cruz hits homer in 10th.
San Jose Mercury News Apr 12, 2015

Cruz, Mariners spoil A's ninth-inning comeback

Seattle's Nelson Cruz homers in 10th after Oakland scored four times in the ninth off closer Fernando Rodney

Cruz’s homer allows Mariners to survive Rodney’s meltdown in 8-7 victory over A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — Just another roller-coaster ride Sunday at the O.co Coliseum and, this time, the Mariners escaped with a wild 8-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics in 10 innings. Nelson Cruz’s two-out homer provided the winning margin after the Mariners saw Fernando Rodney, their All-Star closer, squander a four-run lead in the ninth inning. Cruz’s drive to left against Tyler Clippard had just enough carry to clear the left-field wall beyond a leaping Ben Zobrist. Yoervis Medina then did what Rodney couldn’t do; he closed out the Athletics with a scoreless inning  — which...
Tacoma News-Tribune Apr 11, 2015

Mariners notebook: Nelson Cruz now ticketed for increased outfield duty

It appears Nelson Cruz should no longer be viewed as the Mariners’ full-time designated hitter as he started his third game in right field on Saturday.
Athletics Nation Apr 11, 2015

Melvin's L/R Bullpen Obsession Costly In Saturday's Loss

The recap of Saturday's game can be found here. Bob Melvin should never have had a decision to make at all. In the 8th inning of Saturday's game, A's leading 2-1, Eric O'Flaherty got a comebacker that should have been a routine inning ending DP. However, Marcus Semien botched it but good, missing the bag at 2B before firing a poor throw to 1B that Mark Canha could not handle. Suddenly, instead of "inning over" it's 2 on, 1 out. O'Flaherty regrouped and retired Robinson Cano on a bouncer to 1B that advanced the runners to 2B and 3B with two outs, with Nelson Cruz due up and Kyle Seager to...
Lookout Landing Apr 11, 2015

2-3: Chart

The Mariners beat the Athletics on Saturday, after literally all the things happen. All of them. You think it, it happened. Peoria trumpet guy: Nelson Cruz (.583 WPA) O.co's "Let's go Oakland" vuvuzela jerk: Robinson Cano (-.209 WPA) WOAH HOLY WHAT HOW
Tacoma News-Tribune Apr 11, 2015

Mariners notebook: Nelson Cruz looks to find swing on road after tough series at Safeco

Also: Seth Smith sits again but feeling better, could play Saturday.
Mariners notebook: Cruz looks to find swing on road after tough series at Safeco

Mariners notebook: Cruz looks to find swing on road after tough series at Safeco

OAKLAND, Calif. — Getting away from Safeco Field for a few days might be just what Nelson Cruz needs at this point after going 1-for-11 in the Mariners’ season-opening series against the Los Angeles Angels. Cruz is trying not to press in an effort to make a good first impression after signing a $57 million deal for the next four years. But he admits that might be happening. Example: In Wednesday’s 5-3 loss, Cruz looked bad in flailing away and striking out in the eighth inning against Angels reliever Joe Smith no outs and runners at second and third. “He threw … Read more »
Lookout Landing Apr 10, 2015

The difference between Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz

Besides, you know, like everything. Nelson Cruz is a hacker. Not, like, breaking into computers and whatnot—though, maybe, in the best bad movie ever—but the guy takes cuts at a lot of bad pitches. That's his M.O., and that's what we knew when the Mariners signed him. You take that one good tool, the power, and you learn to live with everything else. Everything else includes what happened Wednesday night, when, with men on second and third and nobody out, he struck out against Joe Smith without seeing a single pitch in the strike zone. It was his moment to endear himself to Mariners...
Seattle Times Apr 8, 2015
Mariners already throw a lineup twist with Nelson Cruz in right and Rickie Weeks at DH

Mariners already throw a lineup twist with Nelson Cruz in right and Rickie Weeks at DH

Manager Lloyd McClendon, though, says don’t expect to see that happen too many times

De Aza and Snider filling in just fine - School of Roch

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles' lineup on opening day is missing Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, which doesn't qualify as breaking news. Stay with me here. Alejandro De Aza is playing left field instead of Cruz. He's leading off instead of Markakis. And he's having one heck of a...
Tacoma News-Tribune Apr 5, 2015

Mariners preview: Nelson Cruz brings his Boomstick to Seattle

Cruz led the majors last year with 40 homers; club officials believe he fills their need for right-handed pop in the middle of the lineup.
Cruz brings his Boomstick to the Mariners

Cruz brings his Boomstick to the Mariners

  Spring training, for veteran players, generally unfolds in the sort of comfortable monotony that comes from slipping into an old pair of jeans. Accomplishments (and failures) are graded to scale. Every so often, though, an exception demands attention. Cue up the third inning on March 22 at Peoria Stadium when Nelson Cruz crushed a fastball from Texas right-hander Yovani Gallardo with two runners on base. The ball took off like a laser toward center field and struck high against the 40-foot batters’ eye beyond the 410-foot wall for a three-run homer before ricocheting back onto the field....
Seattle Times Apr 3, 2015
Mariners Nelson Cruz took a long, tough path to stardom

Mariners Nelson Cruz took a long, tough path to stardom

it is Cruz’s experiences that have shaped him — the struggles, failures and mistakes.

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