ARLINGTON, Texas Sunday was another day in the education of Engel Beltre.
He ended his first week in the majors by scoring a crucial run on a squeeze bunt, then almost gave the game away with a poor decision on a throw from center field.
Overall, the Rangers have to be pleased that Beltre is learning on the job after a 3-2 win over Cincinnati. He was 2-for-3 with a run scored and recorded his first stolen base.
"It's a learning process for those young guys out there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They play wide-open and we've just got to get them to learn how to play and think at the same time."
There wasn't much thinking involved when Beltre broke for home on Elvis Andrus' bunt in the fifth inning.
Beltre, who led off the inning with a bunt single, bumped knees with catcher Devin Mesoraco as he slid into home. He also took a baseball to the ear when pitcher Matt Latos tried to shovel the ball to Mesocraco.
Beltre, obviously in pain, stayed down on the plate for se...