A's trade Scott Kazmir to the Astros

The Astros are making their surprise contention count by adding one of the top rentals available.

The trade deadline has officially kicked off just nine days before it ends, thanks to a swap between two AL West clubs. The Astros picked up a starting pitcher they desperately needed from the disappointing A's, who sent impending free agent Scott Kazmir to Houston in exchange for two minor-league players.

For the Astros, it marks a serious turning point in what has been a long road back to...

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