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Wash: Young Isn't Himself

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Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers.

Look, Michael Young, you might not want to acknowledge that you're in a slump, but we can and your manager is starting to come around to that fact too.

The Rangers designated hitter/utility player supreme is mired in an 18-for-98 slump after going 0-for-6 in Thursday's extra-innings loss to the second-place Oakland A's, and even though Young came out and said recently that he doesn't believe in the idea of slumping at the plate, he might be coming around to that line of thinking.

“It’s obvious he’s not Michael,” manager Ron Washington told assembled media after the game. “But, I think as he told you guys, he’s been there before. He’ll continue to fight. You go through parts of the year where you have to struggle to find comfort, and it looks like he’s struggling to find comfort. But I know he will. He knows he will. It’s just a matter of continuing to get at-bats. Right now, he’s just not comfortable up there. He’ll find it.”

Young just isn't very accustomed to being in slumps, given his career of being a great hitter and holding just about every club record for offensive production. He hit a career-best .338 last season after being moved to a primarily DH role. He's basically a guarantee to hit .300 and rack up 200-hit seasons, but right now he's just not feeling it and his average has paid, dipping from .414 to .269 over the past 23 games.

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