Texas Rangers: Jayson Nix

Engel Beltre has memorable first start

June, 27, 2013
6/27/13
5:09
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NEW YORK -- Engel Beltre always hoped to make it to Yankee Stadium one day and get the chance to roam the outfield not far from where he grew up and played high school baseball.

"I always wanted to start here," Beltre said.

Beltre's wish was granted as he made his first career start Thursday in front of family and friends in the Rangers' 2-0 win over the Yankees. Beltre, who moved to the Bronx as a youngster and played for local high schools James Monroe and Dewitt Clinton, went 2-for-3, recording his first career hit in front of 10-15 family members.

"I think (this) days means a lot to me," Beltre said. "I'm so proud they gave me the opportunity, and (I was able to) take advantage of it. I think that the Rangers, whenever they can give me the opportunity, (I'm) trying to help the team and whenever I can, get on base."

The Rangers called up Beltre on Sunday and he made his debut Wednesday night as a pinch runner. On Thursday, he singled off Phil Hughes in the third inning in his first career at-bat, helping set up what would be Texas' first run of the game. He later added an infield single off Hughes in the eighth inning.

"I've been waiting for that moment a lot," Beltre said of his first career hit. "Playing in the minor leagues and working and preparing for this moment."

Profar blast: Making his first start in a week, Jurickson Profar went 1-for-2 with a homer and a walk. His solo shot in the fifth gave Texas a 2-0 lead, and it was his first homer since June 2.

Profar, who entered this year ranked as the top prospect in baseball, last started on June 20, but he has been on the bench since as the club teaches him to play outfield. The Rangers currently have a numbers crunch in the infield with Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus manning second base and shortstop, respectively.

Profar said it wasn't difficult for him to stay focused despite having just three at-bats the past week.

"Not at all," Profar said. "I took those days to work hard. Things that weren't feeling good the last couple of weeks, I really took those days to work."

Murphy confusion: David Murphy learned a lesson the hard way on Thursday: never veer off the bag.

Standing at first with Profar facing a full count in the third inning, Murphy took off on the pitch. Profar checked his swing. While it was ruled that Profar had held up and earned a walk, the Yankees and Murphy operated as if it was a strikeout.

Yankees catcher Austin Romine threw to second and Jayson Nix applied the tag to Murphy, who slid into the base. Murphy was safe due to the walk, but Murphy believed Profar had struck out and thought he just been caught stealing. After being tagged, he left the bag, and when he realized what had happened and tried to retreat, Nix reapplied the tag for the out.

"Just glad it happened in a game we won," Murphy said. "Obviously, I'll know (in the future). You make a mistake one time and just make the adjustment next time because you've seen it before and you know how to react if you see it again."

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .326
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .890
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159