Ian Kinsler scratched Wednesday due to stomach virus

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From Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com comes word that the Rangers have scratched second baseman Ian Kinsler from their starting lineup on Wednesday night because of a stomach virus.

Alberto Gonzalez will play second base and Elvis Andrus will fill in at the leadoff spot as Texas opens a two-game series against the visiting Athletics.

Kinsler is batting .275/.356/.471 with five home runs, five steals and 18 RBI in 174 plate appearances this season. He’s considered day-to-day but has to be considered questionable for Thursday’s matinee.

Yasiel Puig’s one-game suspension has been rescinded

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.

Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”

Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.

Video: Adrian Beltre hits his 450th career home run

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.

The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.

On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.