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Trade sends Pudge back to Rangers

Updated: August 19, 2009, 4:06 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ivan Rodriguez is coming home to the Texas Rangers.

The 14-time All-Star catcher who started his career with the Rangers at age 19 was acquired in a trade Tuesday with the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Matt Nevarez and two players to be named.

"It's been a long time," said Rodriguez, who was with the Rangers from 1991-2002. "I'm glad that I'm back."

The 37-year-old Rodriguez signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Astros in March ...

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