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Scott Boras expects Rangers to sign Adrian Beltre to contract extension

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Adrian Beltre is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series, but it doesn’t sound like the future Hall of Famer will catch even a whiff of the open market.

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi spoke Tuesday to Beltre’s agent, the always-insightful Scott Boras …

“I think Adrian already had a discussion with them, in which he expressed a desire to stay,” Boras told FOX Sports in a telephone interview. “They want him there, and we’re going to work on that.”

When asked whether a deal is possible before Opening Day, Boras replied, “I’d say there are certainly grounds for a discussion of advancing Adrian’s contract, yes.”

Beltre, 37 in April, will probably be looking for a three- or four-year deal worth a little over $20 million per year. He’s wrapping a team-friendly six-year, $96 million agreement with Texas — due an $18 million final-year salary in 2016.

The four-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and four-time Gold Glover batted .287/.334/.453 with 18 home runs and 83 RBI in 143 games last season for the AL West-champion Rangers while playing another round of stellar defense at third base.

Brad Ausmus says Justin Verlander will start for Tigers on Opening Day

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It’s a little early for this sort of thing, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was asked the question and gave the obvious answer Tuesday at spring training in Lakeland, Florida.

Justin Verlander will take the mound for the Tigers on Opening Day, April 5 against the Marlins. Ausmus only qualified his selection of Verlander with a “barring something unforeseen.”

Verlander got off to a late start in 2015, but he registered a cool 3.38 ERA and 1.09 WHIP across 133 1/3 innings after debuting in mid-June. It was the first time since 2006 that the veteran right-hander had not reached the 200-inning plateau.

Verlander, 33 next week, is owed $28 million per year over the next four years.

Josh Hamilton is experiencing more discomfort in his troublesome left knee

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Josh Hamilton showed up to Rangers camp Tuesday, a week before position players are required to report, and went through a full baseball workout that included stretching, throwing, shagging fly balls, hitting, and running the bases. But the physical reports afterward weren’t so promising.

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton’s left knee has started to “bark again” with the effects of a January anti-inflammatory shot now wearing off. The veteran outfielder plans to continue daily workouts and expects to be ready for Opening Day, but he’ll probably have to take it a little easier than he did Tuesday.

“We’ll hit it with treatment and see if it responds to being active every day. Hopefully it does,” Hamilton told the Star-Telegram. “I’m not really worrying about it. I ran some bases today. It seems like the more I do on it, the better it feels. … I think Doc said it was inflammation of the capsule. I’m wondering why, 2  1/2 weeks later, it started happening again. Is this going to be an ongoing thing? Is this not going to be an ongoing thing? I have those questions, too.”

Hamilton, who turns 35 years old in May, appeared in just 50 games last season for the Rangers and finished with a disappointing .253/.291/.441 batting line. He is owed $28.41 million in 2016 and another $28.41 million in 2017, though most of that tab is being picked up by the Angels.