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Indians acquire OF Jason Kubel

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CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians have acquired outfielder Jason Kubel from Arizona, adding a left-handed hitter for their playoff push.

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Kubel was designated for assignment this week by the Diamondbacks after he batted just .220 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 89 games. The 31-year-old, who hit 30 homers last season, had been reduced to mainly pinch-hitting duties. Kubel spent seven seasons in Minnesota before signing as a free agent with Arizona in 2011.

Cleveland scored just three runs and went 0-for-18 with runners in scoring position while being swept three straight in Atlanta. The Indians open a three-game series in Detroit on Friday.

The Tigers will start three right-handers against Cleveland, which enters the weekend 6 1/2 games out of first in the AL Central and four back in the wild-card chase.

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