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Beltre Continues His Heroics

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    David Murphy, left, and Michael Young, right, celebrate Adrian Beltre's 2-run home run.

    Adrian Beltre did it again.

    After sending a game-tying home run to the opposite field in the seventh inning, his 35th bomb of the season, Beltre ended the game in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth, and he's doing it all with a stomach problem that's going to likely require off-season surgery to remove scar tissue that has to be very painful.

    That doesn't even mention the fact that Beltre saved a run defensively in the sixth inning when he made a diving stop down the line to prevent a run from scoring with two outs.

    What Beltre is doing down the stretch has not only been impressive from a statistical perspective — he's hitting .316 with a .358 on-base percentage and a .763 slugging percentage with 10 home runs and 16 RBIs in September — but it's also been gutsy.

    Remember back to last week when Beltre hit the go-ahead home run in Anaheim after begging and pleading his way into the lineup that night after exiting the previous night's game with those aforementioned stomach issues.

    It came out recently that he might need off-season surgery, but the good thing from the Rangers' perspective is that the injury seemingly can't get any worse, and Beltre has shown he's plenty tough enough to handle the pain that he's likely experiencing.

    "I don’t think it’s a big deal," Beltre told reporters. "Sometimes I like playing with pain. It gets my concentration [up] a little more. I'm just seeing the ball and hitting it and not trying to do too much. I don’t mind playing with a little pain or discomfort."

    What a beast.