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February 18, 2011

Rangers afternoon update: Beltre, Hamilton report

Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton both arrived in camp Friday and took batting practice in a group that also included Nelson Cruz. Of the players expected to be on the Opening Day roster, only Michael Young, David Murphy and Julio Borbon have yet to appear in the clubhouse. They are expected Saturday, when position players must report.

Beltre said that he hopes the Young situation can come to a happy resolution.

"There's nothing I can do about it, but if you want my opinion, the ballclub is better with him on it," Beltre said. "I thought I was going to be with him. These guys in here have a lot of respect for him, and I hope everything will work out."

Hamilton said that he is four pounds shy of his goal weight of 240, but he said that he feels strong and fresh. His knees are also clean, according to MRI exams he had recently. His goals for 2011 remain the same -- hit .300 with 30 homers and 100 RBIs, and stay healthy.

The most interesting thing Hamilton said was that 10 to 12 major-league players have reached out to him seeking advice on how to handle an out-of-control lifestyle. The answer was in response to a question about Miguel Cabrera. Hamilton didn't offer any advice there because he doesn't have any information about Cabrera's history with alcohol. Cabrera was arrested this week on suspicion of DUI.

The Rangers are preparing to take their work indoors over the weekend if rain indeed does soak the area, as has been forecast. Pitchers would do their work in the batting cages before the hitters would get their turn.

-- Jeff Wilson

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