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Alex Rodriguez continues to struggle at plate, goes 0-for-6 with 4 Ks

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After storming out of the gates at the plate to start the MLB season — a surprise in its own right considering his lengthy layoff — Alex Rodriguez has shockingly crashed back to earth over the past handful of games, culminated by an atrocious game Wednesday night in the New York Yankees’ 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Tampa Ray Rays.

And to say A-Rod had an atrocious night at the plate might be an understatement. The slugger went 0-for-6 — a career-first — with four strikeouts and capped his night by hitting into a game-ending double play.

“I definitely chased today,” Rodriguez admitted, via MLB.com. “I will often talk about — going back to Spring Training — one of the keys for our offense, and me specifically, is swing at strikes and take your ‘A’ swing. Today I didn’t do that.”

As noted in an AP report, Rodriguez on April 17, was batting .344 with four homers, 11 RBIs and a .781 slugging percentage. Since then, he is batting .135, dropping his season average to .232.

He has only three hits in his past 20 at-bats over the past week, a double and home run, while knocking in two RBI while whiffing six times, although four of those came on Wednesday.

One must wonder if his pursuit of matching Willie Mays by hitting his 660th career home run — he hit No. 659 off on Sunday– is weighing on A-Rod and causing him to press at the plate, something even he acknowledged may be the case.

“Maybe a little bit,” he admitted.

After such a woeful night with the bat in his hands — and a lengthy struggle overall — Rodriguez insisted he will “press delete” on the game and prepare for the weekend’s three-game set with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

And here’s an eerie thing about Wednesday’s game, as noted by reddit user Vinylzen (via For the Win): “A-Rod (no. 13) went 0-for-6 for the 1st time in his career in his 1313th Yankee game, in a 13 inning game that used 13 pitchers.”

Weird, wild stuff.

(photo credit: ESPN)