Mazara is not in Friday's lineup against the Red Sox, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Mazara has started 20 of the 21 games for the Rangers in June, but will be getting a day off Friday. In his place, Ryan Rua will be starting in left field while batting cleanup. Mazara has been outstanding for the Rangers this year, hitting .288/.333/.440 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI as a 21-year-old rookie.
Mazara went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at the Cardinals.
Mazara's 11th homer of the year gave the Rangers a one-run lead in the sixth inning of a game the Rangers would go on to win. This was the first time he's left the yard in his last 14 games, and his slugging percentage is now at .452.
Mazara extended his hitting streak to five games with the performance. All four of hits were singles, but he still brought his slugging percentage for the season up to .500. Mazara is now hitting .319 to go with 10 home runs and will be hard to catch for the American League Rookie of the Year award if he continues to rake like this. The best sign that he can keep this up has been the consistent contact he's been making -- he has just two strikeouts in 19 at-bats during this hitting streak and owns a solid 16.6 percent strikeout rate, a vast improvement from the marks north of 20 percent he posted for much of his minor league career.
Mazara hit his ninth home run, a three-run shot, in a 1-for-4 game in Monday's win over Cleveland.
Mazara is on a power tear, with four home runs in his last eight games. As obvious as Mazara's raw power is -- look no further than his mammoth 453-foot blast on May 25 for proof -- he had to show he could harness it with consistency in game situations and not just with batting practice blasts. He had just one minor league season with more than 15 home runs before his callup this season, but he is putting any such concerns to rest. With Monday's blast, he is now on pace for 29 home runs this season.
Mazara's solo shot to lead off the second inning would have traveled a projected 491 feet, according to Statcast, making it the longest home run in the majors this season. It also sparked a three-run rally that propelled the
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