Adrian Beltre admits his thumb isn’t getting better

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has struggled since returning from the disabled list a month ago and he admitted to reporters today that his left thumb injury isn’t getting better.

Beltre suffered a sprained left thumb on a slide into second base on May 31. The 36-year-old made a surprise return three weeks later on June 23 without going on a minor league rehab assignment. Clearly the injury has hampered his production, as he’s batting .250 with one home run and a .618 OPS over 21 games since returning to action. That’s not the Beltre we’re used to seeing.

The Rangers currently sit at 43-48 on the year and aren’t looking like contenders, so it will be interesting to see if Beltre eventually decides to shut things down and turn his focus to 2016. However, he’ll try to make the best of the situation for now.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.