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Adrian Beltre named AL Player of the Month for September

For the second consecutive year, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been named the American League Player of the Month for September.

He's the second Ranger to win AL Player of the Month honors, joining Josh Hamilton, recipient of the award in April and May.

In winning the award two consecutive September, he joins Eddie Murray (1980-81), Don Mattingly (1985-86) and Albert Belle (1998-99) as the only players to achieve that feat.

The award was well deserved. He hit .337 with 11 homers and 19 RBIs in Texas's 26 games in the month. He also added three doubles, a triple, 19 runs scored and six walks in that stretch.

The Rangers square off Tuesday against Oakland, needing a win to clinch its third consecutive AL West crown. A loss would pit Wednesday's game between the same clubs as a divisional championship. Oakland trails Texas by one game. First pitch is set for 9:05 p.m. CT in Oakland.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.