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Rangers activate Adrian Beltre from disabled list

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The Rangers announced on Thursday that third baseman Adrian Beltre has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. He is in the starting lineup as the DH batting fourth against the Mariners. Outfielder Ryan Rua was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room on the 25-man roster for Beltre.

Beltre, 39, missed two and a half weeks with a strained hamstring. It’s the second time this season he had to go on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury. When he has been in the lineup, Beltre has hit .314/.375/.422 with a home run and 12 RBI in 120 plate appearances.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa handled third base, posting a solid .746 OPS in 15 games while Beltre was absent.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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