Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre doesn’t think he has a shot to win the American League batting title.
It doesn’t matter that Beltre trails the Astros’ Jose Altuve by seven points (.332 to .325) and the Tigers’ Victor Martinez (.327) by two entering Friday’s game at Houston.
Beltre has never led the league in hitting. He hit .334 in 2004 with the Dodgers and finished seventh in the league, the same year he led the league with 48 homers.
“They’re better hitters than me,” Beltre said with a slight smile. “I just hope I end up third. I’m hoping I can hang up with them and end up third.”
The way 2014 has gone for the Rangers, Beltre said, he’s just happy that he’s been healthy enough to be in the lineup to play 118 of 132 games.
“I’m just glad not being one of those guys that got hurt,” said Beltre, who has hit .321 and .315 for the Rangers the previous two seasons. “It’s been so bad that I think that anybody who is healthy is lucky this year.”
“Everything is going south for us but I don’t look at it as a personal thing. I’m just glad to be out there to contribute and help our team find a way to win ballgames.”
Holland closes rehab
Ranger left-hander Derek Holland allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits, including two homers, in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in his sixth and final rehab start at Round Rock.
Holland threw 98 pitches (60 strikes), struck out five and walked two.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said they’ll determine if and when Holland will make his first start for Texas after consulting with Holland and pitching coach Mike Maddux.
Holland will rejoin the major league team Friday but won’t yet be activated. His 30-day medical rehab assignment ended Thursday.
Adduci takes tumble
Rangers’ right fielder Jim Adduci left Thursday’s game after taking a hard fall on his back and head in the fourth inning.
Adduci made a long, running catch in foul territory down the right-field line and then fell over a sliding Rougned Odor, who was in the area trying to make a play before deferring to Adduci. Adduci fell over Odor and landed on his back and his head hit the ground hard, and then slid and hit his head on the padded wall down the line.
Daniel Robertson replaced him in right field in the fifth inning.
Baker aims deeper
Scott Baker will make his sixth start for the Rangers on Friday, the right-hander’s second start since moving from the bullpen Sunday when he went five innings in a win against Kansas City.
Washington said Baker should be able to throw about 20 more pitches. Baker was limited to about 75 pitches in his last outing.
“Obviously that’s up to them. But I feel good. I think that outing allowed me to extend myself a little more,” Baker said.
Shin-Soo Choo will have surgery to remove a bone spur in his left elbow today. Dr. Keith Meister will perform the surgery. Choo, who was put on the disabled list earlier this week, will miss the rest of the season.
Gallo earns two nods
Joey Gallo, Jorge Alfaro, Chris Garia and Nick Williams were selected Carolina League All-Stars. Gallo was also named the Carolina MVP despite moving from Class A Myrtle Beach to Double A Frisco on June 7.
Gallo, a third baseman, was also selected to the Texas League All-Star team, along with Frisco teammates first baseman Trever Adams and utility player Odubel Herrera.