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August 24, 2012

Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit for his second career cycle on Friday night, becoming the sixth player in Rangers history to accomplish the feat.

Beltre's first three hits came off Twins starter Samuel Deduno. He had an RBI triple in the first, a run-scoring double in the second and a solo home run to lead off the fifth. He completed the cycle with a single to right off Twins reliever Kyle Waldrop.

Beltre got a standing ovation from the crowd, and tipped his hat to them.

Beltre's first cycle, ironically, came at Rangers Ballpark when he was a member of the Seattle Mariners. Three of those four hits came against Matt Harrison, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Friday.

Beltre becomes the sixth player in Rangers history to hit for the cycle, joining Oddibe McDowell, Mark Teixeira, Gary Matthews Jr., Ian Kinsler and Bengie Molina.

Molina is the last player to accomplish the feat, doing it on July 16, 2010 at Fenway Park.

-- Drew Davison


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