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Andrus returns to camp after early Classic exit

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The peace and tranquility of the Rangers workouts came to an end on Tuesday. Elvis Andrus was back in camp and his voice was once again joyfully chirping all over the back fields.

"We didn't miss that part," third baseman Adrian Beltre said.

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Beltre was eager to let Andrus have it after his early return from the World Baseball Classic. Andrus was boasting great things about Team Venezuela before he left, but the team was eliminated quickly by losing to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Those two countries advanced while Venezuela was done after a meaningless victory over Spain.

"As soon as we lost the second game, Beltre texted me and said we have a 9:30 stretch on Monday," Andrus said. "But it was still a great experience. For me it was a lot of fun. The whole atmosphere, hearing your country's national anthem.

"Everybody knew the first game [vs. Dominican Republic] was going to be the toughest one. They have a pretty good team. Puerto Rico has a pretty good team, too, but I thought we had a better chance in the second game. But we never had a chance to relax. It was pressure from the beginning."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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