NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran has been contributing some of the best at-bats in the Yankees' lineup, enjoying the 23rd four-hit game of his career in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, and it is not a particularly new development.
"Right now, I feel good at the plate," said Beltran, who was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and two RBIs. He went 1-for-4 in Sunday's 4-3 win. "This game is a game that when things are working good, you have to take advantage. I know during the period of 162 games, you're going to go through a lot of ups and downs. Right now I'm seeing the ball well. I'm just getting good results."
Since last May 1, the veteran switch-hitter has consistently produced as his club would have hoped. From that point forward, when Beltran bid farewell to a sluggish April, he had hit .300 (134-for-447) with 22 homers and 67 RBIs entering Sunday.
"You know what? I'm a [career] .280 hitter, so I know that I'm capable of hitting the ball," Beltran said. "There were a few adjustments that I made. I was hearing [Mark Teixeira] talking a little bit, and he talked a little bit about being on his lower body, not using his lower body properly. That's something that I wasn't doing [last] April.
"May came and I watched videos and basically started working on that, and everything changed. Those are the little adjustments you have to be able to make and find throughout the period of the season. I worked on them. The reason I would say we were able to be successful is because we weren't afraid to make adjustments."
Saturday marked Beltran's 12th career game with at least three extra-base hits, and his first as a Yankee.
"He's just looked really good at the plate," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think he's healthy, which I think is important for him -- as healthy as he's going to be, he's not 25 -- but he's healthy. He's not dealing with the elbow issue. His knee, he wears the brace, which I think helps his knee as well. And he hasn't tried to do any somersaults over walls lately, so I think he feels pretty good."
According to STATS, Beltran became the fourth-oldest Yankee with four hits and at least one home run, joining Chili Davis (7/24/99 at Detroit), Jorge Posada (8/24/10 at Toronto) and Lou Piniella (9/4/82 at Kansas City).
"In baseball, you cannot be afraid," Beltran said. "You have to look at video, study and find a way to put it in when the game comes."