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Rays trade for Twins All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz

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One of the Yankees’ rivals has beefed up their lineup.

The Rays have traded for Minnesota slugger Nelson Cruz, the Twins introduced on Thursday. Cruz, 41, earned his seventh profession All-Star nod this season.

Minnesota obtained minor league pitchers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman, whereas Tampa Bay is also buying minor league pitcher Calvin Faucher.

In 85 video games for Minnesota this season, Cruz has 19 house runs with 50 RBIs and a slash line of .294/.370/.537. He has been mashing lefties to the tune of a 1.010 OPS in 119 plate appearances.

Nelson Cruz trade Rays TwinsThe Rays are buying and selling for Twins All-Star Nelson Cruz.Getty Images

The transfer comes with the Rays (57-39) one sport behind the AL East-leading Red Sox coming into Thursday. The Yankees, who start a four-game set in Boston on Thursday night time, had been seven video games behind the Sox coming into the collection.

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