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Kyle Schwarber, the former Chicago Cubs slugger, goes to the Boston Red Sox in a trade with the Washington Nationals

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star slugger Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals for a minor-league pitcher late Thursday.

The trade was announced after the AL East-leading Red Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 13-1 at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are 1½ games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Schwarber had just finished a historic homer barrage when he strained his right hamstring July 2. The left-handed slugger has been on the injured list since then but could be playing again within a couple of weeks.

The 28-year-old outfielder was off to a smashing start in his first season with the Nationals, hitting 25 home runs with 53 RBIs in 72 games. He was chosen as an All-Star for the first time but unable to play in the showcase event.

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Nationals slugger Kyle Schwarber celebrates his solo home run during the fifth inning against the Mets on June 28 at Nationals Park in Washington.
Nationals slugger Kyle Schwarber celebrates his solo home run during the fifth inning against the Mets on June 28 at Nationals Park in Washington. (Alex Brandon / AP)

Schwarber tied a major-league record by hitting 12 home runs in a 10-game span from June 19-29. He also set a record for a leadoff hitter for homers in a month, connecting 15 times to start games in June.

With the Red Sox, Schwarber could see time in the outfield and also at designated hitter, where J.D. Martinez usually fills the role for the Red Sox.

Schwarber joined the Nationals on a one-year, $10 million contract after six seasons with the Cubs. In 2016, he played only two games in the regular season after a severe knee injury, then came back to help the Cubs win the World Series by going 7-for-17 in five games.

The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Friday. Earlier Thursday, the Nationals sent closer Brad Hand to the Blue Jays. And they reportedly were close to sending starter Max Scherzer to the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The Red Sox sent right-hander Aldo Ramirez to the Nationals. The 20-year-old Ramirez was 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA in eight starts for Low-A Salem.

To make roster room for Schwarber, the Red Sox designated right-hander Brandon Workman for assignment.

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