A little over a month ago, Beltran was hitting all of .216 and looked like his elbow was causing him so much discomfort, he needed to end his season, have elbow surgery and come back strong for next season, but that's clearly not the case over the last month.
On Friday night against the Cleveland Indians, Beltran came up with the bases loaded and a chance to break the game wide open facing off against reliever John Axford and he didn't miss the cookie that was given to him over the middle of the plate.
Axford gave him a fastball right down the middle and Beltran, the professional hitter he is, didn't miss it and sent it over the right field wall for a grand slam that put the Yankees up 9-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning; the Yankees went on to win the game 10-6 and have taken over second place as a result.
The grand slam was Beltran's 11th of his career and was his 14th home run of the season. After Friday night, Beltran is now hitting .251 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI.
Beltran heating up at this time for the Yankees can only help their chances at making a run at the postseason, as they are five games back of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East and a half game back for the final Wild Card in the A.L. as well.
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