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Centerfielder Engel Beltre moved down to second in the order for Saturday's game at Mesa. The 20-year-old saw his average dip to .182 as he went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a walk.
On the bright side, the swing-happy Beltre now has five walks in his first eight Fall League games. He also swiped his second base on the young season.
Right fielder Joey Butler's average dropped to .176 after his 0-for-4 performance with two punchouts. The University of New Orleans product is 3-for-17 overall in his first four games with the Rafters.
Martin Perez continued to bounce back from his poor debut outing with another strong start on Saturday. The young southpaw hurled three innings, giving up only one unearned run. Perez yielded two hits, walked one, and struck out two.
The Venezuela native threw 31 of his 50 pitches for strikes in three innings against the defending champion Leones del Caracas.
Max Ramirez continued his fast start to the winterball campaign, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI from the cleanup spot on Saturday. The 26-year-old, who also had a sacrifice fly, has reached base eight times in his first four games.
Nine-hole hitting shortstop Renny Osuna singled and walked in five trips for the Tiburones. He also committed his fourth error. Pinch-runner and left fielder David Paisano grounded into a fielder's choice in his lone plate appearance.
No Rangers appeared in Saturday's action in the Dominican Republic.
The one Saturday game in Puerto Rico also didn't include any Rangers products.
The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.
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