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Cardinals Acquire Furcal From Dodgers For Prospect
St. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired shortstop Rafael Furcal from the Los Angeles in exchange for a minor league prospect, fortifying their infield.

St. Louis sent outfielder Alex Castellanos, who was playing at Double-A Springfield, to the Dodgers.

The 33-year-old Furcal, a two-time All-Star, is batting just .197 in 37 games while struggling with injuries this season. But the Cardinals noted he had three multihit games the last week.

Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot had been in a 2-for-38 slump earlier in the week before getting four hits on Saturday, starting at second base against the Cubs.

General manager John Mozeliak said Furcal would add veteran experience for the NL Central race. The Cardinals were 1-1/2 games behind the Brewers. Furcal has a career batting average of .283 with 298 stolen bases and has been considered one of the best leadoff hitters in the game.

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