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Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and a run scored durign the Rangers' 8-3 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday.
Though he's hitting .302 on the year, the actual power production from Beltre is a little underwhelming. The home run was just his sixth of the year and his first in nine games while his one RBI was his first in his last eight. His strikeout rate is a little high for what he usually provides and his increased ground ball rate isn't exactly helping his power totals. Obviously there's plenty of time to turn things around, so don't go selling on him too soon here.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Chris Paul is still 50-50 to play in game two.
Paul has been listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game due to the hamstring issue, but the Clippers are going to wait until after the morning shootaround and possibly right up until pre-game warm-ups before making a decision on him. Expect the team to update his condition later in the day Wednesday. Analysis: Howard Bender
Jayson Werth is not in the Nationals lineup Wednesday.
Werth was out of the lineup Tuesday and the thought process was that he was getting a routine day off after opening the season batting just .176 through his first 19 games. That may still be the case here as manager Matt Williams is giving him consecutive days to clear his head, but one can't help wonder if the shoulder is barking just a bit. If it is just a regular day, then perhaps he will see a pinch-hitting opportunity which would be a good sign. If not, look for the team to offer a bit more of an update regarding his physical condition. Analysis: Howard Bender