Charlie Strong still has the support of a key group -- Texas high school coaches -- even if some think he must refine his recruiting tactics.
Early road success looms large in LDS
- When the road team wins Game 1 of a best-of-5 postseason series it goes on to win the series 73.2 percent of the time (41-15).
- Teams that win the first two games on the road of a best-of-5 series go on to win the series 93.1 percent of the time (27-2).
- (via Elias Sports Bureau)
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is not in the lineup for Friday's Game 2 of the AL Division Series after suffering a back strain during the series opener.
Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer
Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista are both in Toronto's Game 2 lineup. Adrian Beltre is not in the Texas lineup. Hanser Alberto, the 22-year-old rookie, is playing third.
Adrian Beltre not in Rangers' lineup
Beltre's name is not on Texas' lineup card for Game 2, a day after the Rangers 3B left the team's Game 1 win early with a back strain. Hanser Alberto replaces Beltre at third for the 12:45 p.m. ET start.
Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com
Adrian Beltre is not in Rangers starting lineup for Game 2. Rookie Hanser Alberto playing third and batting ninth in his place.
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The Rangers notched a huge Game 1 victory over David Price and the Blue Jays but might have to move forward without Adrian Beltre. Meanwhile, the Astros knocked out Yordano Ventura and the Royals with the help of Mother Nature.
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Rangers preparing for no Beltre
Adrian Beltre left Thursday's game with a lower back strain. He's not ruled out for Game 2, but Texas is flying Joey Gallo and Ed Lucas to Toronto in case the situation turns worse. Rookie Hanser Alberto replaced Beltre in Game 1 and could start today.
"We do have video surveillance out there, so I'm sure they'll review that," a Baylor spokesperson said.
Jeff Banister called ailing Adrian Beltre the "heart and soul" of the Rangers. The big question: Will Beltre be available to play Friday -- or beyond?
The Texas Rangers won the first game of their division series 5-3 over the heavily favored Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
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