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Nelson Cruz returns to the Mariners’ lineup against the Rays

May 9, 2016, 3:23 PM
Despite an injured wrist, Nelson Cruz managed 14 hits, including six home runs, over his last nine ...
Despite an injured wrist, Nelson Cruz managed 14 hits, including six home runs, over his last nine games. (AP)
(AP)

After being scratched from the lineup Sunday because of soreness in his forearm, Nelson Cruz will be the DH and bat cleanup Monday in the first of a three-game series with Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, righty Dae-Ho Lee will get the start at first base against Rays’ lefty Matt Moore. Franklin Gutierrez, who is batting .216 with no home runs in 37 at-bats, also gets the nod in right field.

On the mound, Felix Hernandez looks to break a tie with Jamie Moyer as the franchise’s all-time leader in wins.

Game 1 of the series in Seattle starts at 7:10 on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Mariners

Norichika Aoki, LF
Ketel Marte, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, DH
Franklin Gutierrez, RF
Kyle Seager, 3B
Chris Iannetta, C
Dae-Ho Lee, 1B
Leonys Martin, CF

Felix Hernandez RHP

Rays

Logan Forsythe, 2B
Brad Miller, SS
Evan Longoria, 3B
Corey Dickerson, DH
Steven Souza Jr., RF
Logan Morrison, 1B
Brandon Guyer, LF
Kevin Keirmaier, CF
Hank Conger, C

Matt Moore LHP

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