ANAHEIM -- B.J. Upton has hit six home runs in August, which has him tied for the American League lead for the month with Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, along with Albert Pujols of the Angels.
Upton is hitting .344 (11-for-32) with five home runs and 12 RBIs in eight games on the road trip. The five home runs are a personal best for any road trip or homestand.
"B.J.'s playing at this higher level," Joe Maddon said. "I think the last time I saw something similar to this it was in the playoffs in 2008. It's fun to watch because I can really see that his focus is great. His confidence is soaring. You're starting to see the abilities matching the expectations. He's in a good place right now."
Upton downplayed what he's been doing.
"Man, I'm just trying to hit it where it's pitched," he said.