Washington expects Beltre to be an All-Star

Washington expects Beltre to be an All-Star

NEW YORK -- When the All-Star teams are announced on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT, manager Ron Washington expects to hear third baseman Adrian Beltre's name included on the American League squad.

"If they don't take Beltre, it is a farce," Washington said. "How can you not take Beltre under the conditions that he has had to perform, and doing what he has done? Yeah, his home runs are down, but to be where he is and having to fight through a ton of adversity team-wise ... Beltre for sure."

Beltre went into Saturday's game against the Mets hitting .336, second highest in the AL. He was sixth in on-base percentage (.383) and ninth in slugging percentage (.515). He was also third with a .355 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Beltre, a three-time All-Star, acknowledged that being selected again would be an honor, but that he also wouldn't mind some time off to be with his family.

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