Jefry Marte
Angels' Jefry Marte: Away from team with personal issue
Jefry Marte, 1B, LAA
8/25/2016
News: Marte has been away from the team with a personal issue, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Marte has missed the last three games and will apparently be away still Thursday, but he's slated to rejoin the club Friday per the report. Kaleb Cowart will be tabbed for another start at third base Thursday in his stead, hitting eighth.

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Joe Mauer
Twins' Joe Mauer: Quad soreness persists
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN
8/25/2016
News: Mauer continues to battle soreness in his quads, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

Mauer missed just one game last week after first experiencing the quad soreness, but manager Paul Molitor said Mauer is still not 100 percent, and that his injury is actually worse than originally thought. Mauer was held out of Thursday's lineup for the second day in a row, and it remains to be seen how much longer he will be sidelined.

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Miguel Cabrera
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Homers among four hits in win over Twins
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
8/25/2016
News: Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two doubles, his 28th homer, two RBI and two runs against Minnesota on Wednesday.

It's never pleasant being Cabrera's division rival -- he's pounded out seven hits in the first two games of this series with the Twins and is hitting a cool .400 against them this season. He wasn't quite himself in April (.270/.337/.472), but Miggy's been doing his normal thing since then, having lifted his season line to a pretty typical .313/.386/.552. The 33-year-old slugger needs just two more homers to reach 30 for the 10th time in his career.

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Richie Shaffer
Rays' Richie Shaffer: Optioned to Triple-A
Richie Shaffer, 1B, TB
8/24/2016
News: Shaffer was demoted back to Triple-A Durham following Wednesday's game, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE reports.

Shaffer recorded just one at-bat since joining the Rays on Saturday, but after a night in which the club used five different relievers, Tampa Bay decided to add another arm out of the bullpen. The 25-year-old utility player could join the Rays again when the rosters expand in September, but will return to Triple-a for the time being.

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Hanley Ramirez
Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Out of lineup Wednesday
Hanley Ramirez, 1B, BOS
8/24/2016
News: Ramirez is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Rays, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

It appears to just be a regular day off for Ramriez, after he started in each of the past six games. He'll make way to Travis Shaw on Wednesday, who will man first base and bat eighth against Matt Andriese.

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Marwin Gonzalez
Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Three hits in loss Tuesday
Marwin Gonzalez, 1B, HOU
8/24/2016
News: Gonzalez went 3-for-4 in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

This was a big rebound performance for the versatile fielder after he had been hitless in his previous four starts. Houston's overall offensive ineptitude against Pirates starter Ivan Nova sadly kept Gonzalez from doing more with this three-hit effort.

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Chris Davis
Orioles' Chris Davis: Reaches 30-homer mark for fourth time in five years
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
8/24/2016
News: Davis went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Nationals.

Davis' eighth-inning solo shot just padded a big lead, but it does give him six long balls in the last seven games. Baltimore's cleanup hitter has smacked 189 homers since 2012, so this is far from an isolated incident. While repeating last year's 47-homer campaign was always going to be tough, it's hard to complain about Davis hitting 30 out of the park for the fourth time in five years.

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Jose Abreu
White Sox's Jose Abreu: Homers in win over Phillies
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
8/24/2016
News: Abreu went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

Abreu has homered in three straight games and is on absolute fire in August. He has hits in 18 of 19 games this month and now has six home runs to go with five doubles. His batting line for August is up to a robust .373/.427/.680 as he is reminding pitchers why he was one of baseball's most feared hitters in 2014 and 2015.

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Tyler Austin
Yankees' Tyler Austin: Sitting out Tuesday
Tyler Austin, 1B, NYY
8/23/2016
News: Austin is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against Seattle, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

After going 3-for-8 with a home run in his first two games with the Yankees, Austin has gone 0-for-15 in the four games that followed. He'll give way to Mark Teixeira at first base Tuesday evening when New York faces Taijuan Walker and the Mariners.

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Mitch Moreland
Rangers' Mitch Moreland: In Tuesday's lineup
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
8/23/2016
News: Moreland is in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Moreland is posting a career-high slugging percentage of .483 for the season, but hasn't been able to find his groove in recent outings. Over the last seven days, Moreland is hitting just .188/.316/.375. He'll start at first base and hit sixth Tuesday as the Rangers begin a two-game series against the Reds.

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