Rangers notes: Adrian Beltre joins 350-home run club, but focused on ring

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The individual accolades are stacking up for Adrian Beltre. He has won four Gold Gloves, been selected to three All-Star Games, has more than 2,000 hits and, on Friday, hit his 350th career home run.

He’s among the top 10 third basemen in home runs all time, and has more than the likes of Hall of Famers George Brett, Brooks Robinson and Ron Santo.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington believes Beltre is establishing himself as one of the great third basemen in history.

“He’s solid, man,” Washington said.

But Beltre himself isn’t worried about individual milestones, only saying that his 350th blast was “just another one.”

Winning a World Series is the only thing that matters to Beltre at this point in his career.

“I want to get that ring. That’s what drives me to the ballpark every day,” Beltre said. “When I decide to go home, if I’m two to three homers short of 450 or whatever, that won’t be the case for me to come back and play. Numbers are not going to determine whether or not I’ll play.

“I’ve accomplished a lot of things in my career, but I’m playing for the ring. If I do get it, it’ll definitely make going home easier.”

Scheppers is setup man

It’s safe to say that Tanner Scheppers is the Rangers’ top setup option, Ron Washington said.

It’s not too surprising, considering Scheppers has been used in that role most of the season. He has not allowed a run over 12 2/3 innings, the most innings by any reliever without allowing a run this season.

“We’ve certainly been hoping that one day he steps up and takes charge, and he’s stepping up,” Washington said. “He’s got a good arm and the key is he’s throwing strikes.”

Scheppers said having a defined role isn’t significant to him, and simply hopes to keep performing well.

Keep the pressure on

The Rangers ran into a few outs on the base paths Friday, but Ron Washington doesn’t want anything to change.

Third-base coach Gary Pettis waved Geovany Soto home from first base on a double by Mitch Moreland with no outs in the second inning, and the Twins threw out Soto at the plate.

“I was sending him from the bench, so I would’ve been just as wrong as Gary,” Washington said. “Usually it’s a sin with nobody out, but I thought it was a good send. If you look at the replay, it was a perfect relay throw.”

The Rangers ran into two more outs on the base paths in the third. Elvis Andrus was thrown out at home trying to score on an overthrow, and Lance Berkman was caught between second and third on a sharp grounder to short.

“We’re going to keep pushing the envelope,” Washington said. “That’s the way we play.”

Briefly

• Elvis Andrus and Lance Berkman were given scheduled days off Saturday. Leury Garcia started at short, Adrian Beltre was the designated hitter, and Jeff Baker was at third.

• Rookies Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm each went at least 6 2/3 innings, allowing one or fewer runs with no walks in the first two games of this series. That’s the first time the Rangers have had rookies post such lines on consecutive nights, and it’s the first time any major league team has had rookies do it in back-to-back contests in more than 22 years.

• Alexi Ogando is Sunday’s scheduled starter and will be making his fourth straight start on the road. He has a 3.48 ERA on the road over five starts, and a 1.69 ERA in his lone home start.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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