Rangers expect Adrian Beltre to start Game 5

Adrian Beltre will likely be starting the decisive Game 5 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
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A lower back strain kept Adrian Beltre out for Games 2 and 3 of the ALDS against the Toronto Blue Jays, but the Texas Rangers expect the third baseman to be active for Game 5.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the series, the Rangers returned home and dropped the next two against the Jays, forcing a Game 5 in Toronto.

The Rangers will undoubtedly benefit from having Beltre in the lineup, something his teammates don't take for granted.

“Even though he's not 100 percent, Adrian Beltre at 50 percent is better than most people's 100 percent,” catcher Chris Gimenez said via MLB.com. “Having him back in this lineup does wonders for us.”

Manager Jeff Bannister is amazed at his veteran's resiliency when most people would just throw in the towel.

“How a person can will themselves continually to perform when I would say 99.9 percent of us would absolutely crumble. Incredible. Amazing … the best I've been around,” Bannister said.

Beltre played in Game 4 in Texas, collecting two hits. He is 3-for-5 with an RBI in the postseason in 2015 and holds a career .271 postseason average.

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