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Adrian Beltre passes Rod Carew for most hits by Latin-born player

Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 03: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by teammates after he scored against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on April 3, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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With a double to lead off the top of the second inning during Thursday afternoon’s game against the Athletics, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre passed Rod Carew for the most career hits by a Latin-born player. The double was Beltre’s 3,054th of his career. Beltre, of course, was born in the Dominican Republic. Carew was born in Panama.

Beltre is now in sole possession of 25th place on baseball’s all-time hits list. His next hit will tie him with Rickey Henderson in 24th plate. Craig Biggio will be Beltre’s next target after that, at 3,060.

Beltre, who turns 39 years old on Saturday, had struggled to begin the year, entering Thursday’s action batting .192 in 26 at-bats. He’s coming off of an impressive 2017 in which he hit .312 with a .915 OPS.

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