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Adrian Beltre is the AL MVP this year, regardless of whether or not the league gives it to him.
Last Thursday, he hit a two-run homer to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead over the Angels in the 9th inning. Joe Nathan would go on to record his 35th save.
Tonight, he hit another two-run blast to tie the game 4-4, two innings before hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th to give the Rangers the 5-4 win over the A’s.
In the months of August and September Beltre has 16 home runs and 34 RBI and is hitting .319. Not to mention, he’s had stunning defensive play after stunning defensive play.
Oh, and he’s playing hurt, last week with a bad shoulder, and recently, with an incredibly disagreeable bowel system.
With the win the Rangers increase their lead in the AL West to five games over the A’s, and it shrinks their magic number from seven to five.
That’s a good thing, and with three more games left in this series, the Rangers can clinch the division with a sweep.
Tomorrow’s matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Tommy Milone.