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One less suitor for Cole Hamels: Astros get Scott Kazmir from A's for two minor leaguers

One less suitor for Cole Hamels: Astros get Scott Kazmir from A's for two minor leaguers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Scott Kazmir is heading to his hometown Houston Astros and into the thick of a pennant race, and the Oakland Athletics are starting their summer sell-off. The A's began their expected changes leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, sending left-hander to the Astros for a pair of minor leaguers Thursday in what could be the first of many signigicant deals across the majors in the next week. Oakland received sought-after catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden in the swap with its AL West rival — and the Astros got a top-tier starter as they chase a playoff berth in the season's second half. Houston hasn't been to...

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