Nomar Mazara
Rangers' Nomar Mazara: Takes over as leadoff hitter against right-handed starters
Nomar Mazara, RF, TEX
8/25/2016
News: Mazara will assume the role of leadoff hitter against right-handed pitching, MLB.com's Ryan Posner reports.

Mazara entered Thursday's game with a .297/.353/.472 slash against righties and collected a hit in four at-bats Thursday is his first action atop the order. He'll remain on the good side of the platoon with Delino DeShields and should still get at least three-to-four games a week as a result.

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Mike Trout
Angels' Mike Trout: Notches three hits for second straight game
Mike Trout, CF, LAA
8/25/2016
News: Trout went 3-for-4 with four RBI and scored a run in Thursday's win over Toronto.

Trout extended his hitting streak to four game with his second straight three-hit performance. After seeing his average dip slightly during the middle of the month, the All-Star outfield has gotten back on track over the past week. Trout has gone 10-for-22 over the last six games to boost his average back up .316, its highest mark since Aug. 7.

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Adam Jones
Orioles' Adam Jones: Removed due to cramping Thursday
Adam Jones, CF, BAL
8/25/2016
News: Manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that Jones was removed late in the game due to cramping, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pedro Alvarez came on to pinch hit for Jones in the top of the ninth in Thursday's loss to Washington. Showalter said that Jones was merely cramping, so it's unclear whether Jones' status heading into Friday's series opener is actually in doubt. A further update on Jones' status figures to be made available Friday before lineups are released.

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Max Kepler
Twins' Max Kepler: Leads AL rookies with 55th RBI
Max Kepler, RF, MIN
8/25/2016
News: Kepler went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI in Thursday's loss game against Detroit.

Kepler's two-run double in the eighth inning gave him 55 RBI on the year, most among AL rookies. The 23-year-old has hit safely in 15 of 23 games during August to earn his highest on-base percentage of any month this season. On the other hand, the outfielder's power has dipped a bit as Kepler is currently in the midst of a season-long 20 game homerless streak.

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Melky Cabrera
White Sox's Melky Cabrera: Dealing with case of the flu
Melky Cabrera, LF, CHW
8/25/2016
News: Cabrera was left out of the lineup Thursday due to a case of the flu, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

Initially, it appeared that the veteran was merely getting the day off for Thursday's matchup with Seattle. However, manager Robin Ventura told reporters during some media availability prior to the game that Cabrera was dealing with the flu. Cabrera will miss Thursday's game and if he's out again Friday, Avisail Garcia could take over again in left field.

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Austin Jackson
White Sox's Austin Jackson: Out for the season
Austin Jackson, CF, CHW
8/25/2016
News: Jackson (knee) will miss the remainder of the season, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Jackson had surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee in June, and though the initial expectation was that he'd be able to return after about four weeks off, the recovery has gone slower than expected. He'll now shut it down for the remainder of the year after appearing in just 54 games in his lone season with the White Sox, and will hit free agency once again in the upcoming offseason.

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Tyler Naquin
Indians' Tyler Naquin: Getting day off Thursday
Tyler Naquin, CF, CLE
8/25/2016
News: Naquin is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rangers.

With lefty Cole Hamels set to get the start for Texas, Naquin will once again head to the bench as manager Terry Francona goes with a primarily right-handed lineup. Rajai Davis will get the start in center field, while Lonnie Chisenhall will handle the right field responsibilities in his place Thursday.

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Abraham Almonte
Indians' Abraham Almonte: Out again Thursday
Abraham Almonte, LF, CLE
8/25/2016
News: Almonte is out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

Following a stretch of six straight starts, Almonte will now head to the bench for a second consecutive contest. With the left-handed Cole Hamels set to oppose the Cleveland lineup, Brandon Guyer will make another start in left field in his place and bat seventh.

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Drew Stubbs
Rangers' Drew Stubbs: Designated for assignment
Drew Stubbs, RF, TEX
8/25/2016
News: Stubbs was designated for assignment Thursday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

With Carlos Gomez's activation Thursday, the club needed to clear space on the roster and Stubbs became the casualty. The 31-year-old has missed a large portion of the season with a toe injury and has thus been limited to just 39 games at the big league level in 2016, where he's slashed a combined .259/.343/.414 with the Braves and Rangers. He could be a candidate to rejoin the major league roster as outfield depth when rosters expand.

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Carlos Gomez
Rangers' Carlos Gomez: Officially called up
Carlos Gomez, CF, TEX
8/25/2016
News: Gomez was called up Thursday and will bat eighth and play left field against the Indians, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Gomez is expected to be the club's everyday left fielder, and he'll take over in that capacity right away. The 30-year-old had an extremely disappointing campaign with the Astros earlier this season, slashing just .210/.272/.322 in 85 games, but he'll look to turn his season around starting Thursday against Josh Tomlin.

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