Beltre named Rangers Player of the Month

Beltre named Rangers Player of the Month

BALTIMORE -- Adrian Beltre, who is currently running second in the All-Star voting among American League third basemen, picked up a few extra votes on Tuesday. It won't help him in the All-Star voting, which ends Thursday, but he was selected as the Rangers Player of the Month for June.

It was the sixth time since August 2012 that he has won the award. Beltre finished the month hitting .392, second highest in the American League and fifth highest for June in Rangers history. He was also tied for third in the A.L. with 22 RBIs. It was the highest batting average for any month in his career.

"It was progress from the month before," Beltre said. "I was more consistent and produced a little better. Hopefully I will have a better month this month."

In the latest All-Star voting update released Monday, Beltre has 1,730,748 votes while Josh Donaldson has 2,943,332 votes to be the starting third baseman for the American League in the All-Star Game. Beltre still could be elected as a reserve by the players when the teams are announced on Sunday.

"I don't think anybody is thinking about that right now," Beltre said. "It's one of those things, been there, done that. Those three or four days could come in handy in getting some rest."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for 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.