Buzz: Beltre should return Wednesday

BOSTON -- Adrian Beltre tried to talk his way into the Rangers' lineup, and this time it didn't work.

Beltre was held out of Tuesday's series opener against Boston as he continues to deal with a tight left hamstring.

Beltre, who said before Tuesday's game that the hamstring issue has always been there this season, expects to play against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

He jogged on the outside part of the infield before the game and said the hamstring felt "good enough." When asked whether he needed a stint on the 15-day disabled list, Beltre said no.

"Not for this just now, no," Beltre said. "They're trying to be cautious by giving me the day off."

Beltre tried to talk his way into Tuesday's lineup, manager Ron Washington said, but it didn't work.

"He's ready to go," Washington said. "But we decided to give him an extra day."

The Rangers have a weekend series at Toronto after the three-game series in Boston. Beltre won't play in the field on the artificial turf at the Rogers Centre but likely will play in two games as the designated hitter against the Blue Jays.

Beltre, who batted .376 for May with six home runs and 23 RBIs, came out of the game after the ninth inning of Saturday's 10-inning loss to Kansas City. Beltre said he tweaked the injury in the fourth inning while running the bases.

Starters get rest: The byproduct of the Rangers' bringing Alexi Ogando from the disabled list to start Wednesday's game is that a trio of starters are getting an extra day of rest.

In rookie Nick Tepesch's case, he'll get two days, being pushed back to Friday's series opener at Toronto.

The decision to start Ogando on Wednesday was made to give Derek Holland an extra day, Washington said.

Holland already has 73 2/3 innings this season, averaging 6.70 innings per start, 10th-most in the American League. Yu Darvish, who also is getting an extra day between starts and will pitch Saturday in Toronto, leads the Rangers, averaging 6.78 innings per start, eighth in the AL.

"Whenever we can arrange those types of situations, we want to do it," Washington said. "It worked out we could do it."

Berkman could play first in Toronto: Lance Berkman could play in the field for one of the games in Toronto if he is able to go, Washington said.

"I'll have to check with Berkman and see how his legs are feeling," Washington said. "If his legs are feeling good, we'll probably get him a game on the turf."

That would give Washington the chance to have Berkman and Beltre play in two games in Toronto with the latter expected to be the designated hitter and not play in the field.

The Rangers began a stretch of 20 straight days with a game, so expect all of the regulars to get a day off during the grueling month.

Baker back at third: Jeff Baker was in the starting lineup for the second straight game at third base against Boston. It comes after dealing with two difficult plays in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Kansas City.

Baker had a throw home that sailed high on him against the Royals and allowed the tying run to score in the top of the eighth. He later couldn't come up with a ground ball to his left. Neither play was ruled an error.

The repetition should help Baker, who made his third start at the hot corner in Tuesday's game.

Third base is the toughest position on the field to play, said Baker, who also can play first and the corner outfield positions. Baker came up in the minors as a third baseman but has played behind the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Chipper Jones, Aramis Ramirez and Beltre in the big leagues.

Eickhoff fans 11: Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, one of the Rangers' top pitching prospects at High-A Myrtle Beach, had a career-high 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 loss to Potomac on Monday night. Eickhoff has pitched at least seven innings in three consecutive starts.