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Nationals acquire Brandon Kintzler from the Twins

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In the run up to the 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline, the Nationals acquired reliever Brandon Kintzler from the Twins, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins will receive Tyler Watson in return.

Kintzler, 32, has finished an MLB-high 41 games this season with 28 saves, a 2.78 ERA, and a 27/11 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings. He’ll help bolster the bullpen of the Nationals, who have a 13-game first-place lead in the NL East. The Nats recently added Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle as well.

Watson, 20, was selected by the Naitonals in the 34th round of the 2015 draft. The lefty has a 4.35 ERA and a 98/24 K/BB ratio in 93 innings with Single-A Hagerstown this season.

Hunter Pence exits game with apparent injury

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Rangers OF/DH Hunter Pence exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Reds after suffering an apparent injury chasing down a ground-rule double hit by José Peraza in the fifth inning. The beat writers are suggesting it’s a groin injury, but we’ll have to wait for the Rangers to provide an update to know for sure.

Pence was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run on the afternoon before suffering the injury. He’s had a rebirth of a season, batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and 44 runs scored in 215 plate appearances.

Shin-Soo Choo and Pence were sharing both the DH spot and left field. If Pence needs to go on the injured list, Danny Santana would likely see an uptick in playing time, particularly in left field.