Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 4/30/13
ARLINGTON, Texas Texas outfielder David Murphy wouldnt mind right now if he were hitting his career April average. Murphy, who got Tuesday off in favor of Jeff Baker, is hitting just .176 this season. Hes a notoriously slow starter, with a .228 lifetime average in March and April, but it doesnt make the start any easier for him to take. "Its tough for any player to go through," Murphy said. "I know Ive endured some tough Aprils before, I dont know about to this extent, but either way Im going to keep battling." Murphy started the 2009 season in a 0 for 23 slide but he wasnt an everyday player at the time. He rebounded to hit .269 that season. Playing every day and struggling is different. "I didnt really have that many at-bats," Murphy said. "In 2010, I was hitting .150ish but I didnt have that many at-bats. This is a little more prolonged, but I still have the feeling where Im going up there every at-bat thinking is the at-bat where the trend is going to be reversed. Its definitely frustrating but what can you do besides keep battling, keep fighting, do whatever you can to come out of it." Murphy isnt the only regular struggling. Adrian Beltre came into Tuesdays game hitting just .221 with four homers and nine RBI. Those arent awful numbers, but Beltre knows hes not hitting up to his lofty standards. "Ive always been a slow starter," said Beltre, who is a .273 hitter for his career in April. "Probably out of my 16 years in the big leagues, only about five have been started on a hot streak. One thing Ive learned through the years is its a long season and I know Im going to be okay. Ive been through this a lot. I dont want to get myself crazy over this." Beltre said he hasnt felt good about his swing yet but he expects that to come. Maybe he just needs the weather to warm up, which is a given in Texas. "I get warm with the weather," Beltre said. "Obviously in my career Ive been a better second-half player than the first half."
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