Adrian Beltre closes in on 2,000 hits

September, 4, 2011
9/04/11
11:12
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BOSTON -- Adrian Beltre shrugged when asked about what 2,000 hits might mean to him. The Rangers third baseman sits at 1,999 and can get No. 2,000 in the park that he called home in 2010 with a hit today.

"I'm not a numbers guy," Beltre said. "I knew I was close, but didn't know it was this close."

But Beltre did say he'd make sure someone kept the ball from the milestone hit. And after chatting about it for a while, he did concede it was a worthy mark.

"It definitely means I've been in the game a while," Beltre said. "If you told me I'd have 2,000 hits, I would not have thought that. It would be a nice accomplishment."

Beltre will be the 266th player to get 2,000 hits and the 21st active player. Six players have joined the 2,000-hit club this season, including Michael Young on Aug. 7. The last team to have two players recording 2,000 hits in the same season was the New York Yankees in 2006 (Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez).

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182