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Ex-Oriole Nelson Cruz, an All-Star starter, is bright spot for Mariners

Ex-Oriole Nelson Cruz, an All-Star starter, is bright spot for Mariners

The last time the voting populace elected a Seattle Mariners designated hitter as an All-Star Game starter, the club won 93 games and finished in second place in the American League West. The time before that - two years prior, in 2001 - they had one of the best teams of all time, won 116 games and ran away with the AL West championship. And in 1997, the first time Edgar Martinez, DH extraordinaire, was chosen by fans to start the All-Star Game, the Mariners won the West outright for the first time in franchise history (Martinez also started the All-Star Game in 1995, and that season turned out OK for the Mariners, too). Which is to say that Nelson Cruz's selection as the...

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