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Under pressure, Beltre's an All Star

With two strikes, he's Gwynn-like (and two outs doesn't faze him, either)

Updated: June 17, 2010, 1:10 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

Adrian Beltre doesn't often get compared to Tony Gwynn.

Only 17 players in MLB history have a higher career average than Gwynn. Beltre has hit below .280 in 10 of 12 seasons.

Yet, Beltre is putting together a season with few recent comparisons aside from Gwynn.

On pace, through June 15, for 22 home runs and 109 RBIs with a .333 batting average, Beltre is having an All-Star-caliber season. But it's his historic performance in two-strike counts that warrants the comparison ...

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