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Astros send Maxwell to Royals

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The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros before the Wednesday trade deadline in exchange for minor league pitcher Kyle Smith.

Maxwell, 29, is batting .241 with two home runs and and eight RBIs in 40 games this season. Last season, he hit .229 with 18 homers and 53 RBIs in 124 games.

Injuries have plagued Maxwell throughout his career.

With the Royals, the right-handed-hitting Maxwell is likely to play against left-handers while sharing time in the outfield with David Lough and Jarrod Dyson or providing relief in center.

Smith, 20, is 5-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts this year for Class A Wilmington

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