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Beltre looks to end slump in last week of season

Beltre looks to end slump in last week of season

Beltre looks to end slump in last week of season

KANSAS CITY -- Adrian Beltre was the Rangers' Player of the Month for July and August. He is not the early favorite for September.

Beltre went into Sunday's game against the Royals hitting .253 for September. He is 19-for-75 with two doubles and hasn't hit a home run since Aug. 28. He had a .670 slugging percentage in July and .577 in August, but just .280 in September.

"He's just missing pitches," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's had some good passes at balls and just missed them. A lot of baseball has been played right now. You never know when rough times are going to hit."

Beltre said he is fine physically. Mentally, he said he is great and is not putting too much pressure on himself to come through.

"I never put too much pressure on myself," Beltre said. "I'm too old for that. I'm just not getting any hits. The effort is there and the preparation is there, I'm just not getting the results."

Beltre did get a hit and an RBI on Saturday night when his third-inning grounder up the middle hit second base and skidded through the legs of Royals second baseman Emilio Bonifacio. It could have easily been scored an error and no RBI.

"Any time you get a hit or an RBI, it's good," Beltre said. "I'll take it."

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.

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