ARLINGTON, Texas -- Some nights, Adrian Beltre's unorthodox, yet highlight-reel defensive play can overshadow his bat.
Such is the price for wearing a gold glove at third base, one of the tougher positions to play on the field. It's not that Beltre doesn't carry a big stick. He does. But all too often, he makes a ridiculous off-balance throw or scampers to a ball that few could even reach and that's what everyone ends up talking about.
"When you win a Gold Glove and play like he does there, you have to hit 40 or 50 home runs or three in one game to get that attention," teammate Elvis Andrus said.
Beltre did manage a few top defensive plays -- as usual -- on Wednesday, but it was his bat that took center stage in the Texas Rangers' 12-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The veteran homered in each of his first three at-bats -- a total of 1,187 feet of long ball distance -- and had the dugout wondering if the Rangers could manage to have two different players hit four home runs against the Orioles.
"I told him to do it so we could have figurines together," said Josh Hamilton, who became the 16th player in baseball history to hit four homers in a game when he did it at Camden Yards on May 8. "I was on base for two of them."
Manager Ron Washington sure appreciates Beltre's all-around game and doesn't buy the idea that his glove takes the attention away from his bat.
"Adrian is a threat, always will be a threat, always has been a threat," Washington said. "He's more than one-dimensional. He's a complete baseball player. He can run the bases extremely well. I think everyone knows he can hit."
If they didn't, they do now.
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