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8/31/2016 Brian Dozier, Min, 2B
Dozier has been a shining light in an otherwise dreadful season for the Twins and that continued Wednesday with his 32nd homer in an 8-4 loss at Cleveland.

Analysis: Dozier has hit in 35 of his last 38 games, batting .325 with 16 homers, 14 doubles, 32 RBIs and 36 runs. He hit 13 home runs in August, tying him for the second highest total in Twins history. The club record for most home runs in a month is 14 by Harmon Killebrew in June 1964.
8/31/2016 Josh Tomlin, Cle, P
The Indians will skip Tomlin's next start while trying to figure out what to do next with the struggling right-hander.

Analysis: Tomlin is 0-5 with an 11.48 ERA in his last six starts, and he lasted a career-low 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday. Before that stretch, he was 11-3 with a 3.43 ERA in his first 19 starts.
8/31/2016 Francisco Lindor, Cle, SS
Lindor had his second straight two-hit game Wednesday in an 8-4 win over Minnesota.

Analysis: Lindor is 9 for 21 with two triples and a double during a five-game hitting streak.
8/31/2016 Corey Kluber, Cle, P
Kluber continued his impressive run and perhaps moved closer to a second Cy Young Award. He struck out a season-high 11 in his seventh straight win, allowing three runs and six hits over eight innings in an 8-4 victory over Minnesota.

Analysis: Unbeaten since July 3, Kluber (15-8) is 7-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his last 10 starts, a stretch in which the Indians have seized control of the AL Central.
8/31/2016 Brad Brach, Bal, P
After making the All-Star team on the strength of a 0.91 ERA, Brach has been dismal lately and surrendered Michael Saunders' home run Wednesday.

Analysis: Brach is 2-1 with a 5.02 ERA in his last 15 appearances.
8/31/2016 Aaron Blair, Atl, P
Blair won't make his next scheduled start on Saturday at Philadelphia.

Analysis: Interim manager Brian Snitker said Blair, 0-6 with an 8.23 ERA, instead will work on his mechanics with pitching coach Roger McDowell "for a while." A starter has not been named for Saturday's game. Snitker said he didn't know if Blair will make another start this season.
8/31/2016 J.J. Hardy, Bal, SS
Hardy's offensive struggles continued Wednesday in a 5-3 loss to Toronto as he went 0 for 4.

Analysis: Hardy is 4 for 37 with two RBIs over his last 11 games.
8/31/2016 Yoan Moncada, Bos, 2B
The Red Sox will add Moncada to the major league roster prior to a game at Oakland on Friday.

Analysis: The Cuban infielder signed with Boston for $31.5 million in February 2015 in a deal that cost the Red Sox $63 million due to a tax penalty on international amateur free agents. The 21-year-old Moncada will report from Double-A Portland, where he is hitting .285 with 11 homers and nine stolen bases in 44 games. He opened the year with Class A Salem, where he hit .307 with four homers and 36 steals in 61 games.
8/31/2016 Jonathan Schoop, Bal, 2B
Schoop was a bright spot in a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday, matching a season high with three hits, including a two-run homer.

Analysis: Schoop's homer was his 21st of the season, extending his career high, and gave him 70 RBIs for the first time.
8/31/2016 Freddie Freeman, Atl, 1B
Freeman singled, walked and drove in a run in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Padres.

Analysis: Freeman has hit safely in 18 of 19 games, batting .379 with eight homers, seven doubles and 20 RBIs. His 1.366 OPS in that span is the second-best in baseball. On Thursday, he'll face Jarred Cosart, whom he is 4 for 11 against.
8/31/2016 Ender Inciarte, Atl, CF
Inciarte had two hits, two RBIs and two runs in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Padres.

Analysis: Inciarte is batting .426 with eight extra-base hits, eight RBIs and 13 runs during a 12-game hitting streak. He is batting .429 with three extra-base hits in five games against San Diego this season.
8/31/2016 Nevin Ashley, Tex, C
The Rangers have acquired Ashley from the Mets for cash considerations.

Analysis: Ashley was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock after the deal announced Wednesday night. The Rangers did not put the 32-year-old Ashley on the 40-man roster. A sixth-round pick in 2006 by Tampa Bay, Ashley has spent time with five organizations. He saw his only major league action with Milwaukee last year, going 2 for 20 in 12 games.
8/31/2016 Adonis Garcia, Atl, 3B
Garcia had two doubles among his three hits in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Padres.

Analysis: Garcia is 5 for 10 in the first two games of this series, which concludes Thursday.
8/31/2016 Joaquín Benoit, Tor, P
Benoit has quietly been one of the best acquisitions of the season. He worked another scoreless inning Wednesday in a 5-3 win at Baltimore and has thrown 14 1/3 scoreless innings since joining Toronto.

Analysis: Benoit's success is a big surprise after he had a 5.18 ERA in 26 games for the Mariners.
8/31/2016 Matt Wisler, Atl, P
Wisler allowed a run, four hits and three walks while striking out a career-high 10 in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Padres.

Analysis: Wisler has been sharp since coming back from a stint in the minors, as he allowed one run and two hits with four strikeouts and three walks in eight innings in Arizona on Aug. 25. That was his first start since July 28 after being sent to the minors. He had a 10.18 ERA over a four-start stretch before being demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett.
8/31/2016 Michael Bourn, Ari, CF
The Orioles acquired Bourn from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday in exchange for minor league outfielder Jason Heinrich.

Analysis: Bourn batted .261 with 12 doubles, six triples, three homers and 30 RBIs in 89 games for Arizona. The two-time Gold Glove Award winner is expected to provide depth in the outfield.
8/31/2016 Marcell Ozuna, Mia, CF
Ozuna left Wednesday's game against the Mets during the fourth inning because of a sore left wrist suffered on a diving catch.

Analysis: Ozuna, who is day to day, is batting .268 with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs.
8/31/2016 Ryon Healy, Oak, 3B
Healy extended his on-base streak to a club-high 17 games with a double Wednesday.

Analysis: Healy's streak is the longest by an Athletics player since Marcus Semien closed out the 2015 season with a 23-game streak. Healy is hitting .365 with a .403 on-base percentage during the streak.
8/31/2016 Dallas Keuchel, Hou, P
Keuchel was originally slated to start Friday when the Astros open up a three-game series at Texas, but Doug Fister will start in his place.

Analysis: The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had a rebound month in August, going 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA, but cited lingering soreness as a reason for pushing his start back.
8/31/2016 Marwin González, Hou, 1B
Gonzalez left with discomfort in his right hamstring Wednesday.

Analysis: Gonzalez, who missed several games four weeks ago with right hamstring soreness, is 8 for 26 in his last eight contests.
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