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    Texas Swings Into Contention With Trade Deadline Deals

    It was down to the wire. The American League might have a new top dog, after the Rangers nabbed slugger Carlos Beltrán, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress — all in the hour before Monday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline. Texas has overperformed so far, but now it’s solidified its squad for a playoff run in the wide-open AL. And don’t forget Cleveland, which bolstered its bullpen with Andrew Miller. By unloading Miller, Beltrán and pitcher Aroldis Chapman for untested prospects, the Yankees’ team-building is clearly looking past this season.

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