10/01/12 9:52 PM ET
Rangers ponder options for postseason roster
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Beltre starts at DH for Texas after straining shoulder
OAKLAND -- Adrian Beltre was in the lineup, one day after coming out of Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader with a strained left shoulder. But Beltre started at designated hitter instead of third base.
The question is whether Beltre needs time off to rest the shoulder for the playoffs."No ... I just don't need to," Beltre said. "Everybody goes through stuff. It's October. Everybody's got lingering injuries and stuff. It's not a big deal." It is if Beltre is not ready for the playoffs. "I think I'll be sore for a couple of days, but I'll be good for the first series," Beltre said. Beltre admitted it would be nice if the Rangers could clinch the American League West as soon as possible. "That would be awesome," Beltre said. "It would give guys one or two days off and set the rotation. I'd rather clinch now than wait for the last game." Michael Young started at third base on Monday even though he is dealing with a sore left Achilles tendon. He said he has been dealing with it for five years, but it flared up the last month. He left Game 2 on Sunday after six innings as a precautionary measure. Young was playing second base on Sunday. He said it's much easier to play one of the corner positions. "I've dealt with it before," Young said. "I know how to manage it. It's no big deal."
MLB to investigate tweet on Holland's account
OAKLAND -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the club and Major League Baseball are looking into who might have posted a homophobic slur on pitcher Derek Holland's Twitter account. The slur was posted during Game 2 of the Rangers' doubleheader against the Angels on Sunday. Holland started the game and was on the bench when the slur was posted."I honestly don't know," Holland said. "I know it wasn't myself. I talked to my family and my fiancee. They all said the exact same thing -- it wasn't them. I have no idea. The only thing I know is MLB is taking care of it and they're going to help me out and figure out who it was." The slur might have been posted by somebody with access to the account or somebody who hacked into it. Major League Baseball prohibits players from using electronic devices from 30 minutes before the game until 30 minutes afterward. "It's a serious issue, it's an unacceptable term to use," Daniels said. "That's why our first reaction was to go to Derek and MLB. It's not something we're going to sweep under the rug." Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games in September after he outlined a similar slur in Spanish with his eye black on his face during a game. "In case you haven't seen, all I ever do is write like Chuck Norris facts or random facts like, I don't know, a duck, you can't hear it's echo," Holland said. "I do random facts. I don't write anything like that. I haven't messed with the whole Twitter since. Whatever was said was said on there. It has nothing to do with me. I didn't say anything."
Joe Nathan, with a blown save in Game 1 on Sunday and a successful save in Game 2, was the first pitcher in Rangers history to have both a save and a blown save on the same day. The last Major League pitcher was Cardinals reliever Ryan Franklin on June 5, 2008. Nathan said he was available on Monday despite pitching both games on Sunday. Said Nathan, "I'm running on adrenaline right now." The Rangers were 15-13 in Septemer, the third straight year they have had a winning record for the month.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.