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Washington opting to play it safe with Beltre

Washington opting to play it safe with Beltre

Washington opting to play it safe with Beltre
OAKLAND -- Adrian Beltre, who is dealing with a strained left shoulder, served as the designated hitter for the third straight day in Wednesday's regular-season finale. Michael Young started at third base for the Rangers.

Beltre hasn't played third base since Sunday, when he aggravated the shoulder trying to make a diving stop during a doubleheader against the Athletics.

Manager Ron Washington said Beltre will be able to play third base during the playoffs.

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"I just wanted to give him another day and make sure he is fine," Washington said. "He took ground balls the other day and looked good. I just wanted to give him another day."

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