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Yanks acquire Kearns from Cleveland

Updated: July 31, 2010, 12:48 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Yankees got themselves an insurance policy without having to pay a premium, or in fact, anything at all, when they acquired veteran outfielder Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians on Friday night for a player to be named.

The move was announced shortly after the Yankees lost 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, cutting their lead in the AL East to one game. Manager Joe Girardi described the 30-year-old Kearns, a veteran of nine major league seasons, ...

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