Beltre moves within two hits of No. 3,000
Adrian Beltre had two RBI singles to increase his career hit total to 2,998 in the Texas Rangers’ 8-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.
Beltre, the 38-year-old third baseman in his 20th major league season, is on the brink of becoming only the 31st player in the 3,000-hit club. Ichiro Suzuki is the only current active player with more than 3,000 hits after reaching that milestone last season.
Beltre’s hits Friday came in the third and fifth innings, each scoring Nomar Mazara.
The Rangers host the Orioles again today in the second game of a three-game series.
NATIONALS-PHILLIES TRADE: Howie Kendrick has been traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills.
As part of the deal announced Friday, the Phillies will send cash to the Nationals to cover part of the $3.55 million remaining in Kendrick’s $10 million salary.
The 34-year-old Kendrick is hitting .340 with two homers and 16 RBIs this season, but he has been limited to 39 games due to injuries.
Kendrick has appeared in 24 games in left field, 10 games at second base and one at first.
RED SOX: Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price is going back on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow.
The team announced the move ahead Price’s scheduled start Friday against Kansas City. Rick Porcello started in Price’s place.
The inflammation is in the same elbow that Price strained during spring training and caused him to begin the regular season on the disabled list.
Price, who is in the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, had made 11 starts since returning from his initial DL stint on May 29. He is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA.
Texas’ Adrian Beltre breaks his bat hitting an RBI single in the third inning against Baltimore on Friday.