Adrian Beltre misses Rangers' Game 3 loss with strained back

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre was not in the Texas Rangers' lineup for Texas' 5-1 Game 3 loss in the AL Division Series.

Manager Jeff Banister said Beltre was improving and still getting treatment for his strained lower back before Sunday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Texas could not clinch the best-of-five series with a victory.

Beltre strained his back sliding into second base during the opener in Toronto on Thursday and exited early. He sat out Game 2 on Friday and stayed home to rest when the Rangers worked out Saturday.