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September 22, 2013

Rangers' Adrian Beltre can't explain September funk

Nothing is wrong physically with Adrian Beltre, or so he said Sunday, and the veteran of 16 major-league seasons said that he is too old to let the pressure of a postseason race get to him.

His forgettable September is the by-product of a slump, a poorly timed slump that he called “an adventure.” He entered Sunday hitting .253 this month, .133 with runners in scoring position, and has no homers and six RBIs.

Beltre batted .381 with five homers and 21 RBIs in August.

The Rangers were 5-14 in September entering the finale at Kauffman Stadium. Not all of that falls on Beltre, as much of the lineup as faltered down the stretch, and their MVP candidate hasn’t thrown in the towel just yet on 2013.

“I’m not getting hits like I was getting in August,” Beltre said. “The effort is there, the preparation is there, but I’m just not getting the same results.”

He has seen somewhat of a turnaround on the seven-game road trip. He entered Sunday on a five-game hitting streak, and he drove in a run Saturday while going 2 for 4 in the ballpark where he has the second-highest all-time batting average (.350) by an opponent.

Beltre has tormented the Rangers next two opponents this season, too. He has a .381 average with five homers and 13 RBIs against Houston, and is batting .356 with four homers and 11 RBIs against Anaheim.

-- Jeff Wilson

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