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Tampa Bay Rays acquire power hitter Nelson Cruz

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The Tampa Bay Rays geared up for a stretch run to the playoffs by acquiring power hitter Nelson Cruz in a trade with the Minnesota Twins.

How big of a deal is this?

ESPN noted that Carlos Pena in 2007 is the only Rays player to hit 40 home runs in a single season. Cruz has done that seven times in his 17-year career.

The Rays also acquired minor-league pitcher Calvin Faucher in the deal. They sent pitchers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman to the Twins.

Ryan is in Tokyo currently as a member of the U.S. Olympic team.

–  Joe Henderson, The Tampa Bay 100

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