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Young Breaks Out In Big Way



    In his first at-bat on Sunday, Michael Young grounded into a double play as the collective groans of Texas Rangers fans rang out all over the Metroplex.

    From that point on, Young was dynamite as he broke out of his power slump in a big way and finished Sunday's game with five RBIs and finished a triple shy of the cycle while ending the longest home run drought of his career (349 at-bats, 88 games) that dated back to May 7.

    "I saw him use his hands the way he's able to," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Before, he had a lot of body and today it was hands. Hopefully he's about to come around."

    To this point in the season, Young's numbers are all well below his career averages and no matter how he finishes the year it will likely end up his worst statistical season as a full-time player, but it'd be huge for the Rangers if Sunday marked the turnaround for the season and he can finish strong heading into October.

    Young's batting average (.272) is still 30 points below his career average of .302 while his on-base percentage is 43 points off his career average, slugging is 93 points off and his OPS is 136 points off his career mark.

    So yeah, it's been a bad year for Young, but he can still make amends, and Sunday was a great start.