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Twins Slugger Nelson Cruz Dealt To Rays

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 26: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates with Cody Asche #92 after he scored a run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth inning of a Grapefruit League spring training game at Hammond Stadium on February 26, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Rays added a big bat for the stretch drive, acquiring slugger Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins. Moments before opening a four-game series at Cleveland, the Rays announced they got Cruz and minor leaguer Calvin Faucher from Minnesota in exchange for minor league right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. The 41-year-old Cruz has 436 career homers and will bring some pop to Tampa Bay’s lineup. He’s batting .294 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs this season. The Rays entered Thursday one game behind first-place Boston in the AL East

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