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Adrian Beltre Sets Hit Record For Latin American Born Players

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With his second-inning double Thursday afternoon off Oakland Athletics starter Daniel Mengden, it was the 3,054th career hit for Texas Rangers third baseman and Domincan Republic native Adrian Beltre, which set a new Major League record for Latin American born players.

Rod Carew of Panama was the previous hit record holder for Latin Americans.

Later in the same game, Beltre recorded an eighth-inning single, tying Rickey Henderson for 23rd on MLB’s all-time hit list with 3,055 (which he has since surpassed).

Beltre, who’s 39 and in his 21st Major League season, acknowledged his milestones after the game:

“It means a lot, obviously. We grew up watching those guys play in the big leagues. I never thought I would be mentioned with those guys. Obviously, for me it is humbling. Hard to believe because I grew up with those guys. Obviously, it’s because I have been playing a long time and I have been lucky enough to stay on the field.

“I don’t know how long I will stay up there. There are a lot of guys coming up behind me. But to get that is something I am proud of.”

 

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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