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Beltre exits game with left shoulder strain

Beltre exits game with left shoulder strain

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Beltre exits game with left shoulder strain
ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre and Michael Young both had to leave Sunday night's game against the Angels because of injuries, with the Rangers trying to maintain a four-run lead and clinch a playoff spot.

They vowed after the game -- an 8-7 victory over the Angels to clinch at least a Wild Card berth -- that they will be in the starting lineup on Monday in Oakland as the Rangers try to get one victory against the A's to clinch the American League West title.

Beltre left with one out in the seventh inning, due to a re-aggravation of a left shoulder strain he suffered in the ninth inning of the Rangers' 5-4 loss in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Beltre felt pain after he leaped for a line drive off the bat of the Angels' Mark Trumbo that deflected out of his glove.

Young was removed to start the seventh inning because of a sore left Achilles' tendon he said has been nagging him for the last month. The Rangers ended up with rookies Mike Olt at third and Jurickson Profar at second base in the most pivotal game of the season to this point.

Beltre said after the game that he wasn't going to have an MRI. He didn't tell anyone in between Sunday's games about the soreness, so he didn't receive any treatment. He didn't want manager Ron Washington to talk him out of playing.

"Hopefully it's nothing serious and I'll play tomorrow," Beltre said. "I was sore, but I can't afford to sit in a game like this. I didn't tell anything to anybody. I just got ready for the game and tried to get through it, but Wash didn't let me finish."

Beltre suffered the same injury diving for a ground ball earlier this season and played the next day.

Young also said he's prepared to play Monday. He said he would have stayed in the game if he had been playing first, third or been the designated hitter, but he played second base in Game 2, so Ian Kinsler could DH.

Ironically, Young would have been able to move to third base for Beltre if he had remained in the game in the seventh inning.

"Second requires a little bit more movement, mobility," Young said. "At the time we had a four-run lead, so we were in good hands. I was going to stay in, but Wash saw me get down the line and limping a little bit, so he decided to pull the trigger on it. I'll be fine."

Beltre has been the Rangers' hottest hitter in September with 11 home runs. He reached the 100 RBIs mark for the third consecutive season on Friday. He's hitting .319 with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs, and has played in 153 of the Rangers' 159 games.

Young had one hit in seven at-bats, but he's still batting .343 in his last 19 games to raise his season batting average to .274.

Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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