Adrian Beltre placed on disabled list with left hamstring strain

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The Rangers have placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Beltre left last night’s game against the Blue Jays after pulling up lame while running the bases in the fifth inning. He was placed on the DL after an MRI today revealed a Grade 1 strain, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com.

Beltre, who signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Rangers over the winter, is batting .276/.318/.505 with 20 home runs, 76 RBI and an .823 OPS through 421 plate appearances. He had made an appearance in every game this season.

Chris Davis has replaced Beltre on the active roster and will start at third base and bat eighth tonight against the Blue Jays. The 25-year-old was batting .368/.405/.824 with 24 homers and 66 RBI over 193 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock. He has a .269/.333/.481 batting line to go along with three home runs and four RBI in 57 plate appearances with the Rangers this season.

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

2017 Preview: The National League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East

The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.

There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.

Here’s how each team breaks down:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves