Adrian Beltre is AL player of the month
Nothing stopped Beltre last month, not even scar tissue in his abdomen or a left shoulder strain. Opposing pitchers had plenty of problems with him. He hit .337 with 11 homers and 19 RBIs. He added three doubles, a triple, 19 runs scored and six walks in 26 games.
Beltre is just the fourth AL player to win the award in back-to-back Septembers, joining Eddie Murray (1980-81), Don Mattingly (1985-86) and Albert Belle (1998-99). He's the second Ranger to win an AL player of the month award this season, joining Josh Hamilton, who won the honor in April and May.
He had two memorable games in the month. He hit a two-run homer in the ninth in Anaheim on Sept. 20 to break a 1-1 tie with the Angels and help the Rangers win that series. And he hit the game-tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and then a game-winning RBI single a few innings later to beat the A's last week.
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