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Rainy weather keeps Beltre at DH spot

Rainy weather keeps Beltre at DH spot

Rainy weather keeps Beltre at DH spot
BALTIMORE -- Adrian Beltre was in the lineup on Tuesday night at designated hitter for the second straight game. Beltre had been out of the lineup for the previous five games with a strained left hamstring.

Manager Ron Washington originally planned on putting Beltre back at third base on Tuesday but decided against it after it rained for much of the afternoon in the Baltimore area.

"I don't want him sliding around out there," Washington said.

Beltre was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in the Rangers' 14-3 victory on Monday night. After the second-inning walk, Beltre went from first to third on a double by Nelson Cruz. He went half-speed, but that was fine with Washington because there were no outs in the inning and there was no chance of scoring anyway. Beltre ended up scoring on a single by Brandon Snyder.

"We certainly have to be ready until Beltre decides to stretch it out, not when we want him to stretch it out," Washington said. "The biggest thing is he didn't feel any discomfort. I'm just so giddy to have him in the lineup ... he'll get better at his own pace. We're not going to rush him. As long as he's in the lineup, I'm happy."

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