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Ventura sits Beckham amid trade rumors

Ventura sits Beckham amid trade rumors

CLEVELAND -- Stuck in a 1-for-30 slump over his last seven games and hitting just .131 (13-for-99) in his last 26, Gordon Beckham got the night off for Friday's series opener. White Sox manager Robin Ventura believes the latest round of trade rumors swirling around Beckham could be negatively affecting his second baseman.

"It'll jump on you," Ventura said. "I don't know if he wants to go there, but you hear rumors of a trade. I think some of that to an extent is true, that that stuff bothers certain people.

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"I don't know if he would necessarily admit it, but you hear it all the time. It's enough of a distraction to make it difficult to hit and concentrate, and I think part of that might be where he's at right now. So that's why he's not playing."

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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