Michael Young breaks out of slump

May, 19, 2012
HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers Michael Young said he was never worried.

His manager, Ron Washington, said he wasn't pulling his utility man out of the lineup.

Young snapped an 0-for-11 slide Friday night with a single in his first at bat during Friday night's 4-1 victory over the Astros.

Young was dealing with some troubles at the plate. In the just completed seven-game homestand, Young hit .148 with just one extra-base hit. Young also had one RBI in the last nine games.

But Friday night, Young had two hits, a walk and one RBI and has picked up a hit in all but 10 of 38 games this season.

"I don't get down on myself and I just concern myself with results," Young said. "I try and make sure I'm focusing on the right things. Obviously when you're not hitting the ball consistently hard, it's time to focus on some fundamentals and try to lock yourself back in. You definitely want to continue to build and keep improving."

Maybe it was the perfect time for Young to leave Arlington and come here. Lifetime at Minute Maid Park, Young is 45-for-127 with 17 RBIs. His numbers are among the highest lifetime for hitters with at least 100 at-bats.

Coming into the game Friday, Young was hitting .333 against Houston since 2009.

"I've been through (tough) stretches before," he said. "I know how to battle through them. The way I see it, anytime there's a cold streak, there's a hot streak right around the corner. Anytime you get out of this, you're better for it. That's the way I look at it."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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