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June 28, 2010

Shuffled rotation includes Omar Beltre

Right-hander Omar Beltre, banned from the United States for five years before being granted a visa in February, will make his major-league debut Wednesday as the Rangers' starting pitcher at the LA Angels.

The Rangers again shuffled their rotation for the their three-game series against Angels as the top two teams in the American League meet. Scott Feldman will start Tuesday night, followed by Beltre and C.J. Wilson.

Colby Lewis has been pushed back to Friday, a move that gives him two extra days of rest. He had logged eight and nine innings in consecutive starts before going only five in near-triple-digit heat in a loss Saturday.

Beltre has made five starts and 15 appearances for Triple A Oklahoma City, going 0-5 with a 2.39 ERA in 37 2/3 innings. He's 0-3 with a 1.25 ERA in his five starts, covering 21 2/3 innings. Beltre will be reunited with fellow Domincan Alexi Ogando. The duo endured a five-year plan from the U.S. after being involved in a human-trafficking ring in 2004.

"Beltre has been throwing well for Oklahoma City, and we want to give him an opportunity when he's going good," manager Ron Washington said. "Colby has been big for us, and we want to keep him strong the whole year. Giving him a little extra rest now should pay off down the road."

-- Jeff Wilson

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