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April 24, 2012

Tuesday's Rangers notes: Beltre back in lineup; Feldman to start Wednesday

Adrian Beltre is back in the Texas Rangers lineup, playing third base and batting cleanup tonight against the New York Yankees.

Beltre left Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader with what appeared to be a left hamstring strain. He had an MRI on Monday that revealed mild inflammation in the hamstring area, but nothing directly related to the hamstring.

Beltre said he could have played on Monday, but the Rangers gave him an extra day. Manager Ron Washington thought about using Beltre as the designated hitter, but opted to let him play third base.

Washington said there would not be any restrictions on Beltre, who will monitor himself.

"He's physically fit to go," Washington said.

Here are other notes from Tuesday:

* Scott Feldman is scheduled to make a spot start on Wednesday. If the Rangers need Feldman for some reason tonight, manager Ron Washington said he wouldn't hesitate to use Feldman. That's unlikely, though, with the other six members of the bullpen available to pitch. It would be Feldman's first start of the season.

* Josh Hamilton has been on hot streaks before. He's on one now, too, belting his eighth home run of the season on Monday, the 17th game of the young season. Manager Ron Washington said when Hamilton is at the plate, he is thinking singles and hoping for homers.

* Elvis Andrus has gone 49 games without an error, a franchise record for consecutive errorless games at shortstop.

* Ron Washington and Michael Young will be honored prior to tonight's game with awards from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Washington was named the AL manager of the year, while Young was given a baseball and community leadership award.

-- Drew Davison


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