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Astros deal Justin Maxwell to Royals

Updated: July 31, 2013, 6:50 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just about the only thing that Justin Maxwell knew about the Kansas City Royals when he showed up to the ballpark Wednesday was that they were in the playoff hunt.

Turns out that's precisely why the Royals wanted him.

With an eye on the postseason for the first time in a decade, the Royals traded minor league pitcher Kyle Smith to the Houston Astros to acquire the speedy Maxwell, giving them a right-handed bat to help balance out the lineup for the stretch run.

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