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Michael Young is Taking Care of Business




    By now, we all know how Michael Young was making news in the off-season.

    He had a well-publicized spat with Rangers management, most notably general manager Jon Daniels, and bickered about changing positions for the third time in recent years, this time being moved to "utility man/DH".

    But, like the professional he's known to be, he reported to spring training and the issue appeared to be dead. And since the season started, Young has been on a hitting tear.

    Now, he is far and away the best hitter on a team that's struggled in the batting average department but has still figured out a way to put runs on the board with fairly good consistency.

    Young is showing he's a very capable designated hitter, as he's led the team in average so far with a .356, making him the only regular hitting over .300 (Mike Napoli and the injured Josh Hamilton also are).

    He's in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak after picking up a hit on Sunday, which marks the 22nd time in his stellar career that he's had at least a 10-game hitting streak.

    When Hamilton broke his arm on a controversial slide and was shelved for two months, someone in the Rangers had to step up in a big way to account for the loss of Hamilton, and so far it's been Adrian Beltre and mostly Young.