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Michael Young finding his groove

3/28/2012

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Nearly every morning, just before the Texas Rangers go out to the back fields for workouts, Michael Young takes 10 minutes to hit the video room.

He's watching his swing, looking for not only how his bat is moving through the hitting zone, but how he looks when he's taking pitches.

"I watch where my body is on my takes," Young said. "I want to be sure I'm in the right position even when I'm not swinging at pitches. I can replay the at-bats in my mind, but it's nice to have the video reinforce it."

Young has quietly gone about his business this spring. He's hitting .421 and is focused on doing the little things needed to get the job done. Early in spring, Young wasn't worried about situations and was working on his swing. Now, with a little more than a week before Opening Day, Young is "playing to the scoreboard," meaning he's taking each situation and doing what he would in a game.

"It's time to do that now," Young said. "I'm ready to start games now. We're all game ready, but we still have time out here and you have to take advantage of it. I've got things I want to work on to be a better hitter and a better player and I'm going do to that."