Adrian Beltre is AL player of the month

October, 2, 2012
10/02/12
4:08
PM CT
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was named AL player of the month for September. It's the second consecutive season that Beltre has won AL player of the month for September.

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.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 15 55 53
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 55
RA. Beltre 53
OPSA. Beltre .888
WY. Darvish 9
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159