Beltre 'battling' to bust out of funk at the plate

Beltre 'battling' to bust out of funk at the plate

NEW YORK -- Adrian Beltre was asked before Wednesday's game how his left hamstring muscle felt.

"It's good," Beltre said. "I haven't used it a lot lately. I haven't been on base."

Beltre is right about that. He was the Rangers' best hitter through June and July but went into Wednesday's game against the Yankees with four hits in his last 26 at-bats. He was also hitting .216 (21-for-97) with two home runs and six RBIs in his last 25 games. Prior to that, Beltre hit .384 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in a 29-game stretch.

"I'm not how I want to be, but I'm battling to get out of it," Beltre said. "I'm just not feeling comfortable right now, but I always go through a stretch of the season where I struggle and try to find my swing. That's what I'm going through right now -- trying to find my rhythm and trying to feel comfortable."

Beltre entered Wednesday hitting .301, the highest average on the team among the regulars who have enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.