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'Fit' Beltre returns to Rangers' lineup

'Fit' Beltre returns to Rangers' lineup

'Fit' Beltre returns to Rangers' lineup
ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre was back in the starting lineup for the Rangers on Tuesday against the Yankees after missing three-plus games with a strained left hamstring. Beltre injured the hamstring while running out a double in the second inning of the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers.

"He's physically fit and ready to go," manager Ron Washington said. "He has no restrictions. He checked out yesterday. He took ground balls, moved well. The hamstring wasn't the issue. He's ready to go."

The Rangers missed Beltre, particularly since they faced two left-handed starters in the three games he missed. The other starter was Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. The Rangers scored just 10 runs over 36 innings without Beltre.

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"That had a lot to do with the pitching we were facing," Washington said. "I don't look for us to bombard every pitcher. You've still got to win some games 4-3 and 3-2."

The Rangers have done that. Going into Tuesday, the Rangers were 5-4 in games in which they scored four runs or fewer. They were 26-51 in those games last season.

"We missed Beltre, but this team has always been able to overcome adversity," hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said. "This was just a small dose, four games. He's definitely a presence in the lineup and it changes the dynamic, but we should still be able to score runs."

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