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Slumping Beckham given day of rest Sunday

Slumping Beckham given day of rest Sunday

BOSTON -- Gordon Beckham has gone just 7-for-50 in his last 13 games, with his average falling from .313 to .283 during that span. That slump, coupled with some physical dings, caused manager Robin Ventura to rest his second baseman Sunday.

"For Gordon, he's had little things here and there. I think he's just frustrated," Ventura said. "You can see him getting frustrated. It's just a day to kind of take it off of his mind."

Beckham has admitted in the past to changing his hitting approach or stance too often during slumps. He has found success with the slight, Cal Ripken-looking crouch developed at the end of last year, and Ventura doesn't want Beckham's present slump to lead to changes away from progress.

"It's changed from his wrist and then a leg thing," said Ventura, referring to Beckham's broken hamate bone in his left hand sustained in April and a right quad strain in August. "It's changed enough to keep him frustrated to where he hasn't felt comfortable at the plate.

"But you got to figure out a way to get it back. Some time you go too far and do too much and go back to square one. So, that's probably where he's at right now."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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