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Elephant Rumblings: Rangers acquire former Cleveland ace Kluber

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Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman (26) rounds the bases after connecting for a career first, solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) in the third inning of their MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, July 1 Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

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