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Rangers to retire Adrián Beltré’s No. 29 on June 8

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The Rangers have officially set a date to retire third baseman Adrián Beltré’s No. 29: June 8 at home against the Athletics. The ceremony will begin at 7:35 PM and the game will begin at 8:05 PM, per Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake.

Beltré, 39, announced his retirement in November. He made his major league debut at the age of 19 in 1998 with the Dodgers and played into his age-39 season. Across 21 seasons, he hit .286/.339/.480 with 477 home runs, 1,707 RBI, 1,524 runs scored, and 121 stolen bases. He won five Gold Gloves, two Platinum Gloves, and four Silver Sluggers while making the All-Star team four times. He twice finished in the top-three in MVP Award voting, finishing as the runner-up to Barry Bonds in 2004 and third behind Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout in 2012.

In a league that, until recently, sought to stamp out personality from its players, Beltré still somehow always looked like he was having the time of his life playing baseball. He always found a way to have fun, whether it was fooling around with former teammate Elvis Andrus or moving the on-deck circle. Major League Baseball will sorely miss Beltré, who should get into the Hall of Fame easily when he becomes first eligible on the 2024 ballot.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.