Beltre celebrates 36th birthday

Beltre celebrates 36th birthday

OAKLAND -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre celebrated his 36th birthday on Tuesday. Before he helped the Rangers to a 3-1 win over the A's, his present was a nice lunch with his family in San Francisco. He got nothing from shortstop Elvis Andrus.

"He makes my life miserable so he ought to give me a car," Beltre said. "A car or a Ferrari or something like that."

Beltre, who started in his 14th consecutive Opening Day on Monday, is the oldest player on the Rangers, leading pitcher Colby Lewis by about four months. This is a guy who was 19 when he made his Major League debut with the Dodgers on June 24, 1998.

"I can't remember that far back," Beltre said. "I go day by day and year by year. I feel great. I don't think age matters. If you take care of your body, you're good.

"It's another day for me. I'm lucky to be alive and lucky to do what I'm doing."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.