10/04/11 6:30 PM ET
Nearly everyone available in Rangers' bullpen
Washington will call on any pitcher except Lewis and Wilson
By T.R. Sullivan and Christina De Nicola / MLB.com
Roundtripper: Cameraman falls on Beltre's trot
ST. PETERSBURG -- It was a day of firsts for Adrian Beltre in the Rangers' 4-3 American League Division Series clincher against the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
Not only did Beltre collect his first postseason home run in the first inning, but he also connected on another two later in the game, becoming the first player to homer three times in a Division Series game.
As Beltre rounded third and slapped hands with third-base coach Dave Anderson as he made his way toward home plate during his first shot, the cameraman capturing his trot tripped over his own feet and fell to the ground.
Beltre turned his head to the right and pointed at the cameraman. When he got back to the dugout and was pestered by teammates, Beltre held up both hands. After the game in the celebrating clubhouse, the Rangers third baseman jokingly asked where the cameraman was so he could douse him with champagne.
"I just hope he's all right," said Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who led off the game with a homer. "We got a good laugh out of it."
Rangers run into outs for different reasons
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rangers had two baserunners thrown out in Game 3. Craig Gentry was caught stealing in the third inning when David Price picked him off first base, and Elvis Andrus was nailed off third base by catcher John Jaso in the seventh.Andrus was on third, with Josh Hamilton at first and Michael Young at the plate. The Rangers had already scored four runs in the inning and, with two outs, were looking for more. Hamilton broke for second and had a great jump. Jaso faked to second and threw to third to catch Andrus. Manager Ron Washington said Andrus was thinking on his own, believing he could steal home if Jaso threw down to second. "That wasn't a designed play, that was Elvis being Elvis," Washington said. "He was trying to make something happen. All of a sudden he thought he was going to be sliding across home plate and jumping up and down. He knew he messed up. "He just got excited. That's what Elvis does. When he's out there going good, he thinks he's Superman. He thinks he's invincible." As for Gentry, Washington still wants him to be aggressive on the basepaths. Washington said Gentry just needed a better read on Price's move. "I just told him don't be timid," Washington said. "We're going to stay aggressive. If you get picked off, you get picked off. He just needs to get a better read." That went down as a caught stealing, something that has never happened to Gentry before at the Major League level. He is 19-for-19 in the regular season.
Lewis putting up record postseason numbers
ST. PETERSBURG -- By allowing just one hit in six innings on Monday night, Colby Lewis has become the all-time leader in opponents batting average among pitchers with at least five postseason starts.After a 4-3 victory over the Rays, Lewis is holding opponents to a .155 batting average in the postseason, having allowed 17 hits in 32 1/3 innings. His 1.67 ERA is the eighth lowest for pitchers with a minimum of five starts. Sandy Koufax is first with a 0.95 ERA in the postseason. Lewis, at 4-0 in his five starts, is one of eight pitchers to have made at least five starts in the postseason and not lost a game. He has won four straight postseason starts. Since 2000, the only American League pitchers to win four straight starts in the playoffs were Josh Beckett and Andy Pettitte.
Manager Ron Washington gave credit to bench coach Jackie Moore for suggesting the eighth-inning pitchout that resulted in catcher Mike Napoli throwing out B.J. Upton. Catchers Matt Treanor and Yorvit Torrealba were both fine one day after their pregame collision during stretching. Treanor does have some swelling in his lower lip. Rangers catchers went into Game 4 hitting .295 with 13 runs scored, four home runs and 14 RBIs in the postseason over the past two seasons. The catchers have the most runs and most RBIs of any position on the Rangers in those 19 playoff games.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Christina De Nicola is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.