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Beltre to GM Daniels: Rangers are buyers, not sellers

Jeff Banister watches Rangers unravel in seventh inning

The Texas Rangers were down only 3-1 in the seventh inning Wednesday before Baltimore scored seven runs against Martin Perez and Matt Bush (video by Jeff Wilson).
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The Texas Rangers were down only 3-1 in the seventh inning Wednesday before Baltimore scored seven runs against Martin Perez and Matt Bush (video by Jeff Wilson).

Adrian Beltre was speaking to no more than a crowd of six media members Wednesday afternoon at his locker at Camden Yards, but he was also speaking to his 24 teammates and, in particular, to his general manager.

The Texas Rangers, the future Hall of Famer said, do not need to be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline, but in order to convince Jon Daniels of that, the team needs to start winning more games.

Beltre knows it and what an extended string of losses could mean as Daniels decides if the Rangers will be sellers over the next 11 days.

“This is a time where a team normally chooses are we going to be a buyer or be a seller,” Beltre said. “Our team is not helping right now. I would like our team to start winning ballgames so that we can convince everybody, especially our GM, that we are a buyer. I’m a buyer.”

Wednesday’s game didn’t help Beltre’s cause.

Baltimore scored seven times in the seventh inning, turning a two-run game into a rout, and the Rangers’ offense scored one run against a Baltimore Orioles starter for the third straight game in a 10-2 drubbing.

The Rangers have lost four straight games and will try to avoid a four-game sweep Thursday with Cole Hamels on the mound. They have slipped to four games below .500, and though only 3  1/2 games out of the second wild-card entry into the postseason, the Rangers are hardly trending the right way.

The offense posted a .179 average in its first five games of the second half, the worst in the majors by six points. The rotation posted four straight quality starts before Tyson Ross allowed nine runs (eight earned) Tuesday in 3  1/3 innings.

Martin Perez allowed five runs (four earned) in six-plus innings Wednesday.

Martin Perez kept the Texas Rangers in the game Wednesday before the game got out of hand against reliever Matt Bush, but Perez says he supports his teammate (video by Jeff Wilson).

Beltre collected career hit No. 2,983, the 602nd double of his career, but placed himself among those who are struggling at the plate. Mike Napoli, who entered batting .357 since the All-Star break, was the only regular hitting better than .250.

But Beltre still believes the club has time to come together and make the postseason.

“We’re still contenders. There’s no doubt,” he said. “We haven’t played the way we’ve been wanting to play, and we’re still right there. We’re still looking at the division even though it’s a little farther away than we want it to be.

“It doesn’t matter how we get in the playoffs. If we get there, that’s good enough. We believe we have the team to do it, but we’ve got to find a way to be more consistent winning ballgames — scoring more runs, being more consistent defensively and pitching better. We all have to do everything together to find a way to get to our goals.”

Napoli is on the same page as Beltre. If the Rangers were to fall behind any further in the wild-card hunt, Daniels could attempt to trade any of the six players who will be free agents after the season.

Napoli is in that group that also includes catcher Jonathan Lucroy, center fielder Carlos Gomez and right-handers Yu Darvish, Andrew Cashner and Ross.

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus gives credit to Baltimore Orioles pitchers for shutting the offense down at a critical part of the season (video by Jeff Wilson).

“I thought that a couple of weeks ago that we needed to start playing better and get on a roll,” Napoli said. “If not, we are going to be in trouble. If we don’t get going, it’s not going to be pretty.”

Daniels said over the weekend that he expects the Rangers to be contenders and isn’t expecting a sell-off. But he also understands that circumstances change and that he at least has to listen to trade proposals if the postseason begins to look like a long shot.

That’s what Beltre wants to avoid. He said that he has conveyed his sentiments to Daniels, though not recently. It’s Beltre’s belief that Daniels believes in the Rangers and should consider adding a piece or two to improve their playoff chances.

The Rangers have been linked to a few relievers, and it is widely believed that they are showcasing Lucroy with the hope of trading him for a roster upgrade or prospects.

“Any help that he can bring, we will take it,” Beltre said. “I do not want to see this team dismantled, that’s for sure. That’s not what we’re here looking forward to. I hope he understands that and I hope that he believes in this team or he can get us some help.

“It’s been on my mind that I hope he doesn’t think along that route. I will be really disappointed. We’re here in this clubhouse trying to win ballgames even though we haven’t played the way we wanted to. We don’t want our team, our ballplayers or the GM to think that somehow we’re out or looking like we’re going to be out.”

Texas

000

010

001

2

8

1

Baltimore

102

000

70x

10

11

0

Texas AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Choo rf

5

0

2

0

0

1

.250

Andrus ss

4

0

0

0

0

2

.286

Mazara lf

3

0

0

0

1

1

.248

Beltre 3b

4

0

1

0

0

0

.275

Napoli dh

3

1

1

0

1

2

.204

Odor 2b

3

0

1

0

1

2

.215

Gomez cf

4

0

1

0

0

1

.247

Chirinos c

4

0

1

1

0

0

.220

Gallo 1b

4

1

1

1

0

1

.191

Totals 34

2

8

2

3

10

Baltimore AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Jones cf

5

3

3

2

0

0

.266

Machado 3b

3

2

1

1

1

0

.239

Schoop 2b

4

1

3

3

0

1

.300

Trumbo dh

4

0

0

0

0

1

.250

Davis 1b

4

0

0

0

0

3

.218

Mancini lf

4

1

2

3

0

0

.309

Joseph c

4

1

2

0

0

1

.299

Rickard rf

3

1

0

0

1

0

.250

Tejada ss

4

1

0

0

0

0

.247

Totals 35

10

11

9

2

6

E—Chirinos (2). LOB—Texas 8, Baltimore 3. 2B—Beltre (11), Schoop (26), Joseph (11). 3B—Mancini (2). HR—Gallo (22), off Gausman; Jones (16), off Perez. RBIs—Chirinos (26), Gallo (42), Jones 2 (42), Machado (49), Schoop 3 (60), Mancini 3 (50). SB—Choo (8). DP—Texas 1; Baltimore 1.

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Perez, L 5-7

6

7

5

4

1

3

84

4.63

Bush

 2/3

4

5

2

1

2

25

3.86

Jeffress

 1/3

0

0

0

0

1

3

5.06

Grilli

1

0

0

0

0

0

9

6.29

Baltimore

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Gausman, W 6-7

6

4

1

1

2

8

97

6.11

Givens, H 17

1

0

0

0

0

0

15

2.05

Hart

2

4

1

1

1

2

32

2.76

Perez pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. Inherited runners-scored—Bush 2-2, Jeffress 1-0. T—2:50. A—15,693 (45,971).

Rangers at Orioles

6:05 p.m. Thursday, FSSW

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