Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano says he's in perhaps the biggest slump of his career and that the key to breaking out of it will be fixing his timing.

"I've had a tough time before," Soriano said after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's 5-2, 10-inning loss to the Athletics at Yankee Stadium. "Nothing like this."

Soriano's oh-fer also left him with just four hits in his last 54 at-bats. He's seen his batting average fall 29 points, from .255 to .226, since May 17.

On top of that, Soriano has been atrocious all season against right-handers. Though the majority of his at-bats (123 of 183) have come against righties, Soriano's hitting just .195 agianst them.

The struggles have forced Soriano — 38 and in the last year of his contract — to work extra with hitting coach Kevin Long. Soriano said he hopes that added effort will help him improve his bat's path to the ball. Soriano said he's having no problem recognizing pitches.