Video: Nelson Cruz hits home run No. 40

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Nelson Cruz was back in the Mariners’ lineup this afternoon against the Rangers after missing six straight games with a strained right quad. And he returned with a bang. Or a boomstick, really.

Watch as Cruz takes left-hander Derek Holland deep to reach 40 home runs for the second straight season…

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Cruz joins Ken Griffey, Jr., Jay Buhner, and Alex Rodriguez as the only players in Mariners history to reach 40 home runs in season. Rodriguez (2000) was the most recent one.