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Michael Young stuck in rut at plate

10/11/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Young played 1,508 regular-season games and became the Texas Rangers' all-time hits leader before finally making it to his first postseason. Young is in jeopardy of making it one to forget.

Outside of his three-run homer to break open Game 2 -- which itself was mired in controversy after a close check-swing call on the previous pitch -- Young has one hit, an infield single in Game 4. He's batting .188, 1-for-8 in the two home games with three strikeouts, while leaving three runners on base.

His Game 4 was particularly painful. Elvis Andrus led off the bottom of the first with a single, Young struck out swinging. In the third, Andrus doubled with one out, but Young left him there with a fly ball to right. And in the seventh, with the 2-3-4 hitters coming up, Young led off a draining 1-2-3 inning with a ground out to first base.

The Texas Rangers third baseman and team leader now faces a decisive Game 5 Tuesday night against Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Young was 0-for-4 against the hard-throwing lefty in Game 1 with a strikeout.