A look at what made it so special:
His homer in the ninth inning was No. 450 for his career, moving him out of a three-way tie for 39th place with Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero. Next up at 38th is Carl Yastrzemski with 452.
Beltre also had a second-inning single, giving him 2,969 career hits. That’s 16 behind Sam Rice for 31st all time.
With five total bases, Beltre is at 4,990. That’s 21st all time, 51 behind Mel Ott.
Other all-time greats to be passed on career lists are Mike Schmidt, 34th in career RBI (1,595, two ahead of Beltre); Barry Bonds, 17th in doubles (601, two ahead); Derek Jeter, 28th in games played (2,747, three ahead); and Jim Thome, 23rd in extra-base hits (1,089, four ahead).
At this rate, Beltre should arrive at 3,000 hits in late July or early August. How about Aug. 2 at home against Seattle? Get your tickets now.
Here’s some Rangers Reaction from a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
1. Robinson Chirinos hit another home run, No. 11 on the season, and is establishing himself as a clear power threat each time he plays.
Chirinos is averaging a home run every 8.8 at-bats, which leads the American League among players with at least 100 plate appearance.
He has six homers in his last nine starts, and his last eight hits have been for extra-bases.
Chirinos’ slugging percentage is .619.
Those numbers, along with the Rangers being 17-11 when he starts at catcher, would suggest that he needs to play more often.
Maybe he does. But he’s not going to unseat Jonathan Lucroy, whose track record as an everyday player suggests better things are on the way.
Chirinos is actually at his best when he’s not playing every day. His long swing can be exposed with steady playing time, and opposing runners are having a lot of success against him. That’s not all on him, as certain pitchers take forever to get the ball to the plate, but teams don’t seem to run as much with Lucroy behind the dish.
One thing to be mindful of is manager Jeff Banister’s willingness to use both catcher in the same lineup. When he has done that, Lucroy has been the designated hitter all but once. Not only are the Rangers getting an extra bat in the game with Chirinos, they are getting Lucroy a day off from squatting behind the plate without losing his bat.
The offense doesn’t seem to need both in there as frequently now that it is churning out the runs with more regularity. But if a team can never have enough pitching, that same team will also take as much offense as it can get.
With Shin-Soo Choo healthy and playing well in right field, that frees up the DH spot for others. Maybe Chirinos starts to get more DH days.
The numbers this year suggest he should play more, but the career numbers suggest not too much more.
2. Rougned Odor’s average this year suggests he shouldn’t be playing as much as he is, but he’s doing damage when he makes contact. In fact, he’s not far off from his production this time a year ago.
So, he will continue to get at-bats (he leads the league in that category, and in outs made) as the Rangers wait for him to work though his woes. Most of them are self-induced.
Odor is chasing too many pitches out of the strike zone. Way out of the strike zone.
The Rangers don’t mind him swinging freely, as he’s a good bad ball hitter, but apparently there’s a fine line between the good bad balls and the bad bad balls.
The bad-ball homer of his that comes to mind came last season against Seattle closer Edwin Diaz. Odor swatted one off his shoelaces for a walk-off home run. The pitch was down, but it was also over the middle of the plate.
Too often Odor swings at sliders that bounce or move down well off the outside part of the plate. He also has a knack for taking a cut at high fastballs, which are difficult for any hitter to catch with the barrel of the bat.
He was dropped to seventh in the order Tuesday as he wasn’t offering Beltre, the cleanup hitter, any support. Nomar Mazara didn’t do much better in the No. 5 spot, but no Rangers hitter outside of Beltre and Chirinos had any success against the Indians.
The Rangers struck out 16 times. To Odor’s credit, he struck out only once. Beltre and Elvis Andrus were the only batters who didn’t strike out. Mazara and Mike Napoli whiffed three time apiece.
Napoli is another item for another day for another Rangers Reaction. One struggling, strikeout-prone slugger at a time.
3. Tyson Ross has a sense of humor about him underneath the wonderfully constructed sentences, big words and deep thoughts that he produces.
Back on June 10 he arrived toward the end of the Rangers’ extra-innings win at Washington in which his brother and fellow MLB right-hander, Joe, made the final out as a pinch-hitter.
Asked the next day if he had seen the at-bat, Tyson said, “It was a good at-bat for the Rangers.”
On Tuesday, he was asked what his mind-set is pitching the game after an opposing team piled up the hits and runs, as the Indians did Monday. “You’re just hoping the other team’s offense is tired from last night,” he said.
Those lines didn’t match his pitching against Cleveland. Ross allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five in six innings. Ross retired the final 12 batters he faced and left the mound in a 1-1 game.
The effort was far better than what he did last week against Toronto, which scored six first-inning runs and chased him after seven runs in only three innings. His Rangers debut June 16 wasn’t too dissimilar from Tuesday, at least from a statistical standpoint.
But the Indians faced a pitcher who found a rhythm, who was able to mix his pitches as he did the two seasons before he missed almost all of 2016 because of thoracic outlet syndrome.
Ross is lanky and long, with a lot of moving parts to his delivery. There’s a lot of deception involved, too. When he’s around the plate, he’s tough to hit.
Those moving parts, though, require the reps to keep everything moving the right way. The more he pitches, the better he should be.
The Rangers will take what he gave them Tuesday. If he improves upon that, watch out for the rotation the rest of the way.