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11/02/11 6:40 PM EST
Twice as nice: Beltre repeats as Silver Slugger
Veteran first Texas third baseman to win honor since Bell in '84
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' Adrian Beltre continues to clean up with trophies. One day after winning his third career Gold Glove, Beltre received the Silver Slugger Award as the top offensive third baseman in the American League.
Beltre took the honor for the second consecutive season and the third time in his career. In addition to winning a Silver Slugger with the Red Sox in 2010, he also was selected while with the Dodgers in '04.
Beltre is the first Rangers player to win a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove in the same season since Mark Teixeira did so in 2005. He is the first Texas third baseman to win since Buddy Bell in 1984. No other Rangers player was selected to this year's team.
Despite playing in just 124 games, Beltre hit .296 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs. He missed over a month in the second half of the season with a strained left hamstring muscle. His .540 slugging percentage and .870 OPS while manning third base were the highest of any AL player at the position.