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07/04/10 7:33 PM ET

Laffey, Beltre poised to build on momentum

The long waits for Aaron Laffey and Omar Beltre are finally over, and now it's time to try to build on their long-awaited starts.

Cleveland's Laffey hadn't won a start since Aug. 16, 2009, before picking up a win Wednesday. Texas' Beltre, meanwhile, made his Major League debut against the Angels, allowing three runs on five hits over four innings. The two will come together in the series opener between the Indians and Rangers on Monday night.

"You can't make too many mistakes," Beltre said after the game through an interpreter. "When you make mistakes, you pay for it."

The road to the Majors has not been easy for the righty. The 28-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was banned from entering the United States for five years after visa problems.

As for Laffey, he went nearly 11 months between wins in starts. He has spent most of the 2010 season in the bullpen after going 0-6 in six September starts to end the 2009 season. One of those starts was a 12-hit, seven-run outing against the Rangers. He has an 8.64 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against them, and current Rangers batters are hitting .469 against him.

Indians: Choo injury more serious than first thought
Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to Saturday, with a right thumb sprain. He sustained the injury diving for a ball Friday and underwent an MRI Saturday that showed more damage than anticipated. The injury could require surgery and force him out for several weeks.

Choo has been one of the Indians' top producers, batting .286 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs. Michael Brantley was recalled to take Choo's roster spot and started in center field Sunday. Batting leadoff, Brantley went 0-for-4 and saw his average dip to .139 for the season.

Rangers: Hamilton working on home streak
Josh Hamilton's 23-game hit streak may have ended Thursday night, but his second-inning single Saturday extended his home hitting streak. On Sunday, the left fielder hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning off White Sox starter Mark Buehrle to extend his Rangers Ballpark stretch to a franchise-record 24 games.

Worth noting
The Rangers won two of three in Cleveland in the first meeting between the clubs in April. ... The Rangers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they don't have to face Choo, who went 7-for-10 with two home runs and two doubles in the April series.

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