Texas’ initial lineup had Adrian Beltre on the bench again due to the back injury he suffered in Game 1 of the ALDS, but the Rangers revised the lineup one hour before the first pitch and Beltre is now starting at third base and batting third in Game 4 versus Toronto.
Hanser Alberto returns to the bench after filling in for Beltre, although he’ll no doubt be on constant standby as the Rangers keep a close eye on Beltre’s health throughout the game.
Beltre went through pregame warm-ups to test his back injury, apparently had no major problems, and then talked manager Jeff Banister into letting him play.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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