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MILWAUKEE (AP) -

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The AL West-leading Texas Rangers have acquired two-time All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and closer Jeremy Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for two former first-round picks.
   Texas completed the deal Monday, a day after Lucroy blocked a preliminary agreement the Brewers had to send him to AL Central-leading Cleveland. The Rangers are sending outfielder Lewis Brinson and right-hander Luis Ortiz to the Brewers.
   The Rangers also Monday sent three pitching prospects to the rebuilding Yankees for outfielder Carlos Beltran, New York's top offensive player this season.
   This is the second year in a row at the deadline that the Rangers acquired a top player who had first rejected a deal to another team. They got All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels last season after the pitcher voided a proposed trade that would have sent him from Philadelphia to Houston.
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   ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ---Jonathan Lucroy says he's been traded to the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
   There was no immediate confirmation from the Rangers or the Milwaukee Brewers as the non-waiver trade deadline passed Monday, but Lucroy posted on his verified Twitter account that he's "moving on" to the Rangers and "can't wait to get after it."
   In another tweet, Lucroy thanked Brewers fans and said they would always have a special place in his heart.
   The 30-year-old Lucroy is hitting .299 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs in 95 games this season. He has been with the Brewers for all six of his major league seasons, hitting .284 in 805 games, and his contract includes a $5.25 million team option for 2017.
   The Rangers have used four different starting catchers this season, with Bobby Wilson making a team-high 38 starts. Robinson Chirinos has started 33 games.
   Texas earlier Monday acquired outfielder Carlos Beltran from the rebuilding New York Yankees.

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