Beltre was activated from disabled list and in the lineup for Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay.
Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tony Barnette (43) watches Tampa Bay Rays Tim Beckham (1) round the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, May 29, 2017.
The Rays are fresh off a series against the Twins. The team still plans to start Erasmo Ramirez on Monday, even though he pitched the day before. Coming out of the week, Chris Dickerson brought 63 hits, 25 runs, 12 homers and 23 RBI, while Travis Beckham had 47 hits, 18 runs and 23 RBI in that time.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re coming out of a weekend set against the Blue Jays.
Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez is 1-3 in five May starts, but the Rangers have scored only four runs total in his three losses. A flexor injury has limited De Leon to just 8 1/3 innings in 2017, but he turned in a brilliant 2.61 ERA with 11.6 K/9 with 2.1 BB/9 in 86 Triple-A innings a year ago.
Texas has a few key hitters this year as well.
Nomar Mazara had three hits for the Rangers, including a two-run double in the first. He would allow seven runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Tim Beckham hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh when the Rays scored five runs in a span of three pitches for a 10-8 win at Texas that took almost four hours Monday, a night after needing 15 innings and almost 6 1/2 hours to win in Minnesota.
The Rangers were back home after a 3-6 road trip, which came after they had swept through their previous eight-game homestand. De Leon also made four starts for the Dodgers in 2016, though he limped to a 6.35 ERA in 17 frames. Texas is also 14-6 in Perez’s last 20 home starts, and 3-9 in Perez’s last 12 starts. All things considered, though, I like the Rays to play well here behind whomever they give the start to.