CLEVELAND -- Adrian Beltre, who is dealing with a strained left hamstring, was still out of the lineup on Sunday for the fifth straight game -- even though he hit a three-run pinch-hit home run in the 11th inning on Saturday night. Manager Ron Washington didn't want to push Beltre for a day game after a night game, citing the short pregame preparation time.
"He should be ready to go tomorrow," Washington said. "We want his routine to be exactly what it should be. We'll see, but my intention is to play him tomorrow."
Alberto Gonzalez started at third base, making his fourth straight start and seventh of the season. He has started five games at third base and two at shortstop. He went into Sunday's game in an 0-for-10 slump that has dropped his average to .259, but he has yet to make an error in the field.
"He's done his job," Washington said. "He's our extra utility guy, and he's done everything we've asked -- play defense and execute the fundamentals. That's exactly what we needed."
Beltre pinch-hit for Gonzalez in the 11th inning. When the Rangers went back out on defense in the bottom of the inning, Washington used Brandon Snyder at third base. The other option was to move first baseman Michael Young to third and insert Mitch Moreland, who was the designated hitter, on defense. But Washington said he did not want to take Young off of first.
"He was playing a great game at first," Washington said. "He was in his rhythm and I didn't want to break his rhythm. I was very comfortable with the way he was playing first base."