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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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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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