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Video: Jose Altuve makes tremendous play at second base

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Watch this play Jose Altuve made Wednesday to rob the Angels’ C.J. Cron of a base hit …

Houston defeated Anaheim 6-3 to jump back into first place in the American League West.

Rangers land ace left-hander Cole Hamels from Phillies

Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs
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MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan had the majority of the major scoops on this one. It’s a massive two-team, eight-player blockbuster deal that will net the Phillies a frontline starter for this year and years to come while injecting more young talent into the Phillies’ under-construction minor league system.

Rangers get …

SP Cole Hamels
RP Jake Diekman

Phillies get …

C Jorge Alfaro
OF Nick Williams
SP Alec Asher
SP Jerad Eickhoff
SP Jake Thompson
SP Matt Harrison

Hamels can help the Rangers down the stretch this season — they’re not completely out of the hunt for the second American League Wild Card — and he’ll pair very well with Yu Darvish in the long term. Hamels, 31, is under contract through 2019. Philly has agreed to eat some of the cash that he’s owed.

In return, the Phillies get an impressive haul of prospects. Alfaro is a power-hitting, big-armed catching prospect who could be a star if he develops better plate discipline. Williams is a well-rounded outfielder with big upside, and Thompson has posted promising numbers in the lower levels of the minor leagues (the 21-year-old has struggled this season at Double-A). J.J. Cooper of Baseball America says all three would probably crack an updated top-100 ranking of the game’s best prospects. The other players are more of throw-ins — especially Harrison, who has chronic back issues and is still owed around $30 million. By accepting him in the trade, the Rangers no doubt increased their package of talent.

Matt Holliday leaves game after re-injuring his right quad

St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates
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Some awful news here for the first-place St. Louis Cardinals …

Holliday just spent six weeks on the disabled list with the very same injury. He re-injured it Wednesday night at Busch Stadium while chugging down the first base line on what would have been an infield single, and it seems very possible that the 35-year-old is now done for the remainder of the season. Stephen Piscotty entered Wednesday’s game in left field and could be the everyday guy there down the stretch for the Cardinals. It’s now even more imperative that St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak secures a first baseman before the July 31 trade deadline. There’s been some connection to the Brewers’ Adam Lind.