Felix Hernandez congratulated Adrian Beltre on 3,000 hits in the middle of an inning

On Sunday, Adrian Beltre notched his 3,000th career hit in MLB. On Monday, the Rangers played the Mariners and faced Felix Hernandez on the mound. In a previous life, Beltre and Hernandez were teammates in Seattle.

While they are still friends and mess around almost every time they face off, this at-bat was slightly more poignant than their other games opposite each other.

Keuchel is 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 11 starts for Houston this season, but last pitched in a major league game on June 2. The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner will start Friday’s series opener against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.

The Astros have been rumored all season to be interested in several top starting pitchers on the market, though their in-house options have done just fine. Houston leads the American Cheap Nike Eagles Jerseys League with a 3.86 starters ERA, and at 67-33 is miles ahead of the rest of the AL for best record.

Getting Keuchel back will certainly bolster that, though it doesn’t necessarily mean the Astros are out of the pitching trade market. This is a team that added several veterans during the offseason — Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, and Josh Reddick among them — to an already stacked cast of stellar young talent. Houston still might want to make its postseason starting rotation even stronger, and it Cheap Qld Basketball Jerseys certainly has the pieces to do so.

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