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Slumping Posada thinks too much

Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees

Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees hits a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers. (April 3, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

When Jorge Posada began the season with three home runs in his first four games, it was easy to say his new full-time designated hitter role was agreeing with him.

Now, well, not so much.

Posada’s hitless streak extended to 17 at-bats Sunday night after he went 0-for-3, striking out in each at-bat against Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett.

Afterward by his locker Posada admitted the obvious, that he’s not the least bit comfortable in the batter’s box. He’s struck out eight times in his last 15 at-bats.

“I really don’t want to be striking out that much,” Posada said. “You know, I’m looking for something positive and nothing is positive right now.”

How quickly Posada would get comfortable with his new role was a question mark coming into the season, and based on the lackluster results it’s still a learning process for the 39-year-old lifetime Yankee.

“I’m just a little bit off,” Posada said. “In between pitches I’m thinking a little too much, probably.”

He said the only solution is to “keep swinging,” adding that he’s so eager to break this slump that he’s already looking forward to the Yankees’ next game Tuesday night against Baltimore.

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