Mariners see current DH heat up even as they prepare to honor a franchise icon

It’s a happy coincidence for the Mariners that even as they prepare to honor the franchise’s iconic designated hitter that their current DH is on a sustained tear.

Nelson Cruz enters Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels with six homers in his last six games and eight in his last 11. He also leads the American League with 92 RBIs.

It’s a fitting tribute to hitting coach Edgar Martinez, whose 18-year career resulted in Major League Baseball choosing to recognize the game’s best DH each year by presenting them with the Edgar Martinez Award.

The Mariners are recognizing Martinez’s achievements Saturday by retiring his No. 11 in a pre-game ceremony at Safeco Field. He joins former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. as the only Mariners to receive that honor in the franchise’s 41 seasons.

In anticipation of a sellout crowd, the Mariners are opening the gates at 3:30 p.m. Saturday for the 6:10 p.m. game. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.

Those in attendance will receive a miniature replica of the No. 11 plaque that will hang in center field alongside Griffey’s…

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