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Beckham still standing ... with swagger

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ncaa_ap_gbeckham1_300.jpgMILWAUKEE - If there were any concerns that Gordon Beckham is at all balled up in a corner, fetal position and all, feeling completely overmatched by what he has seen since his promotion from Class AAA Charlotte, the rookie tried to put those concerns to rest on Saturday.
And doing so with the same swagger that caught the media's attention during spring training.
"No,'' Beckham responded, when asked if he felt overmatched, sitting 2-for-28 (.071) through his first eight games. "Look, no disrespect to the pitchers, they're getting me out and I'm not looking great up there. The stuff does not overmatch me. A lot of it is me getting myself out and that's not good. I have to have good at-bats, get a pitch I can hit and square it up. After that I can't do much besides hit it, and where it goes, I don't know.
"I haven't felt overmatched. I'm still energized. I think I'm still over-energized honestly. I get to the plate and in the back of my head I'm thinking, 'I haven't gotten many hits, get a hit.' Then the first pitch I see I'm going after it. I need to go up there and relax.''
The third baseman said he has been talking to teammates about other players who have started their big-league career slowly, and while that helps, it doesn't change the fact that he wants to breakout.
"I've heard all that,'' Beckham said. "But I hope I get going here. I've heard, 'I started this.' I have friends that play for the Braves telling me, 'I was 2-for-32.' I know this is just me trying to figure it out and when I do I'll be fine, but I want to start hitting, I want to start winning, and helping this team. It's frustrating for me because I don't feel like I'm helping this team much.
"It's frustrating I guess, but I'm not down. A.J. [Pierzynski] said, 'Just relax, just try and relax, calm down. I know it's hard, and no one said that would be the easy part.' I'm still trying to figure it out and I think I will.''

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