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Pregame: Beltre day off not happening

HOUSTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has played in 95 consecutive games, counting Sunday's contest against the Houston Astros.

After coming off the disabled list with a strained left quad on April 24, Beltre has had just 13 off days due to the Rangers schedule and because manager Ron Washington doesn't want to sit him.

Washington is playing Beltre at third on a regular basis, not because he's forced to, but the because veteran is good at it and there's really nobody else.

"He ain't getting no days off here," Washington said. "How can I give him a day off when he's healthy? We're trying to win ballgames. If I take him out of the lineup ... if I wanted to and felt like I had the luxury of doing it, it didn't matter what I said, I'd listen to him if I made up my mind that he wasn't going to play that's going to be it."

The Rangers have employed six different third basemen this season and currently only Beltre and Adam Rosales can play the position. Including Sunday's contest, Beltre has made 98 starts at third this season while Rosales has played the spot just once.

Beltre's average has dropped of late from .327 to .318 and he's got just five hits in his last 26 at bats.

Odor's education continues: Second baseman Rougned Odor was charged with a first inning error in Saturday night's loss. Odor made a nice play on a ball hit up the middle by Mike Dominguez. Odor flipped the ball out of his glove to shortstop Elvis Andrus, who tried to bare-hand it but couldn't catch it cleanly. It was ruled an error on Andrus, but later changed to Odor.

The play came with two outs and it allowed a run to score.

"I thought we had a play at first base, the runner that put it in play is not a very quick runner," Washington said. "I thought he had a play at first base."

Odor, who has five errors on the season, said he's still learning from veterans like Andrus and Beltre and was trying to make a play on a hard hit ball up the middle.

Odor thought he made a strong flip to Andrus, but with the fielders going in different directions at the bag it was a tough play to make.

"I lean on those guys a lot," Odor said of Andrus and Beltre. "I have those guys teaching me a lot of things in this game and that helps a lot."

Base Hits: OF Mike Carp is day-to-day with tightness in his groin. He's available to play if necessary. ... LHP Derek Holland have his fourth rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Round Rock. ... RHP Jerome Williams, who was released on Friday, was claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.