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Beltre Earns July Award

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Beltre Earns July Award

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CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 31: Adrian Beltre #29 celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by David Murphy #7 of the Texas Rangers during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive on August 31, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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With Nelson Cruz now suspended for 50 games, the Texas Rangers are certainly looking for all the offensive help they can get.

If Adrian Beltre can keep things up at this pace, he'll go a long way in helping that after he was named the American League's July Player of the Month, as announced on Monday.

Beltre ended his month with a walk-off homer on July 31 against the Los Angeles Angels — the third consecutive night the Rangers won with a walk-off blast — and put up staggering numbers across the board.

He won the award for the fourth time in his big-league career, and the third time as a Ranger as he's won the award the past two Septembers, a sign of good things to come down the stretch, perhaps.

Beltre hit nine home runs over the course of the month while finishing second in the AL in slugging percentage (.670), hits (38) and was sixth in batting average (.369).

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