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Braves trade for Ankiel, Farnsworth

The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Rick Ankiel, reliever Kyle Farnsworth and cash from the Kansas City Royals in a five-player deal.

Atlanta sent pitchers Tim Collins and Jesse Chavez and outfielder Gregor Blanco to Kansas City on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Ankiel hit .261 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 27 games for Kansas City.

The 34-year-old Farnsworth is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA.

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