Mariners' Cruz leaves with back spasms

CLEVELAND (AP) Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League with 18 home runs, was removed from Tuesday's game against Cleveland with back spasms.

Cruz fouled off a pitch from Corey Kluber in the fifth inning. Manager Lloyd McClendon and a Mariners trainer came on the field, and Cruz walked to the dugout after a brief discussion.

Cruz is batting .326 with 39 RBIs in 58 games. He was replaced during the at-bat by Dustin Ackley, who also took over in the outfield.

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