Beltran went 2-for-2 with an RBI single and two walks in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Giants. The veteran slugger plated Ronald Torreyes in the second for his eighth RBI of July. It's been a stellar month for Beltran in a resurgent season overall, as he's slashed .339/.382/.468 over 62 at-bats, with seven multi-hit efforts.
Beltran went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI against the Orioles on Wednesday. Not only does the 39-year-old slugger have 20 homers (one more than last season) and 60 RBI (just seven fewer than last season), he's accumulated those numbers while hitting a startling .304, his best average since he hit .325 over half a season in 2009. A trade chip at a number of deadlines past, Beltran once again looks like an appetizing option for a contender if the Yankees -- who are struggling to tread water around .500 -- decide to be sellers.
Beltran went 3-for-4 with a double in Monday's win over the Orioles. It was Beltran's second straight multi-hit effort, as he's hitting .333 in July and continues to be the Yankees most reliable hitter. On the down side though, the 39-year-old -- who quickly matched his home run total from last season with 19 -- hasn't hit a long ball since June 22. Despite that, he's still filling out the rest of the boxscore regularly enough to be relied upon.
Beltran went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Red Sox. The veteran slugger's two-run single in the sixth plated Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, giving the Yankees their first runs of the game. Beltran's performance at the plate has particularly ramped up since June 1, and he currently has a four-game hitting streak while also driving in runs in three straight contests.
Beltran, who has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, says that he's ready to return to right field when the second half begins on Friday, reports. Beltran aggravated his hamstring on June 28, which moved him to the DH role for the remaining games leading up to the All-Star break. Moving back to right field will open up more options for manager Joe Girardi, who will now be able to get Alex Rodriguez more at-bats for the Yankees.
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