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May 02, 2013

Adrian Beltre struggling with runners in scoring position

Adrian Beltre has been a 100-RBI guy the past three seasons, but he has not gotten off to that type of pace this season.

Beltre swatted his sixth homer of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, for his 12th RBI on Thursday night, and had chances to do more damage later in the game.

With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, Beltre bounced into an inning-ending double play on a backdoor slider by White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom. Then, with runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth, Beltre struck out.

Beltre is now 1-for-last-16 with runners in scoring position, and is batting .118 with RISP this season.

"I am the kind of guy that I like to produce, and I'm here to produce," Beltre said. "Obviously it's not happening. I'm not frustrated, but of course I want to do better because the team is relying on me right now and I'm getting in a lot of situations where I should be producing."

Beltre was optimistic that his swing is starting to come around, though. The second inning homer is a good sign, as he's gone deep in three of the last six games.

"That's what I want to think," he said. "I feel better today even though I missed two at-bats in key situations where I didn't come through. But I saw the ball better today, and hopefully tomorrow I'll improve."

-- Drew Davison


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