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November 01, 2011

Gold Glove for Rangers' Adrian Beltre

Adrian Beltre won the Gold Glove Award late Tuesday night for the third time in his career. The Texas Rangers' third baseman led the American league in defensive runs saved (17), range runs (10.4) and Ultimate Zone Rating (11.2).

“Obviously, I’m proud of it,” said Beltre, who won the award in 2007 and 2008. “It’s a part of my game that I take a lot of pride in. To be chosen as one of the best in the league is really a nice accomplishment.”

Second baseman Ian Kinsler was one of three finalists in the AL but lost out to Boston's Dustin Pedroia. Beltre beat out Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, who had won the award the past two years.

The last Rangers third baseman to win a Gold Glove was Buddy Bell, who won it from 1979 to 1984. Michael Young was the last Rangers player to win a Gold Glove, taking the honor at shortstop in 2008.

-- Jeff Wilson

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