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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Adrian Beltre calls Young to thank him

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adrian Beltre didn't want to get into specifics about his conversation with Michael Young on Wednesday, but he said Young was the first Rangers teammate he talked to after the deal was completed.

When asked if the discussion included a "thank you" on Beltre's part, he smiled and nodded.

Young said Monday night that he would be willing to change positions for the third time since 2004 and the second time in the past three years to accommodate Beltre. Young will be the primary designated hitter and will play the other infield positions when regulars need a break so that he also gets on the field.

"It means a lot, especially knowing Michael," said Beltre about Young's decision to move. "I have huge respect for Michael and have played against him for many years. Doing that for me, it means a lot. It means a lot that he put the team first and I’m happy to be part of this team."