Bel­tre moves within two hits of No. 3,000

The Maui News - - SPORTS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

AP photo

Texas’ Adrian Bel­tre breaks his bat hit­ting an RBI sin­gle in the third in­ning against Bal­ti­more on Fri­day.

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