Beltre encouraging Rangers from ASG

MINNEAPOLIS -- His first season with the Texas Rangers brought Adrian Beltre the only World Series appearance of his career, as the Rangers came within a strike of a championship.

Since then, the Rangers have lost an AL wild-card game, dropped a one-game playoff to win the AL’s second wild-card spot last season and been the worst team in the majors this season.

Despite all the Rangers’ injuries and disappointing performances in 2014, the All-Star third baseman was still trying to preach hope to his teammates on Monday.

“We know that we don’t have the team we assumed to have in spring training,” Beltre said at Monday’s All-Star Game news conferences here. “But we still have a good enough team to compete. That does not reflect on our record. Everything we’ve done, that hasn’t been good enough.

“Obviously, these four days will be for everybody to sit back, relax, try to start over and not think about that stretch that we had.”

The stretch in question, of course, is a four-week slide during which the Rangers went 3-22 and tumbled from 35-35 to 38-57. They lost their last eight games before the All-Star break and had dropped six of seven before that.

Beltre, who is hitting .337 with 13 home runs and joined teammate Yu Darvish on the AL All-Star team, said he’s trying to lift spirits in the Rangers’ clubhouse.

“You have to see what you can do to help the ballclub,” Beltre said. “It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday. You could be losing 20 in a row. The next game is the one you can win. You can’t sit down and feel sorry for yourself, crawl back and believe the season’s over.

“I always have that in me, that I’m trying to do whatever I can to win ballgames. I’m not going to help my team sit there and feel sorry for themselves.”