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Extra Bases: All-Star Beltre turns back clock

7/8/2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It isn’t a surprise to Texas Rangers fans that for the fourth time in five years, Adrian Beltre has been selected as an American League All-Star.

Beltre and the Rangers will host the Houston Astros in the second game of a three-game series set for 7:05 Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. Houston took Monday’s opener 12-7.

Age seems irrelevant for the Rangers’ 35-year-old third baseman. While many of his contemporaries are slowing down, Beltre is batting .334 (50 points above his career average) with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs. He’s currently on an 11-game hitting streak.

Beltre finished first in the AL player voting among third basemen.

“It’s an honor, especially since I got the vote of the players," Beltre said. “But it isn’t any better to be picked now than my first time. To me, it’s all the same.

“I’m happy to be going, and I hope to be able to do something to help us win."

Oakland’s Josh Donaldson won the fan’s vote and will be the starter at third base.

Yu Darvish, ace of the Rangers pitching staff, joins Beltre on the All-Star team. It is Darvish’s third consecutive All-Star selection. The 27-year-old is 8-4 with a 2.63 earned run average.

This will be Beltre’s third time going to the All-Star Game as a Ranger.

Since the beginning of May, Beltre has been on an All-Star-quality tear with a .351 batting average. In his past 18 games at Globe Life Park, Beltre is hitting over .500.

Beltre is in his 16th major league season. He signed out of the Dominican Republic with the Dodgers as a 15-year-old and made his major league debut with the Dodgers four years later in June 1998. He’s also made major league stops at Seattle and Boston before becoming the Rangers' cornerstone at third.