Lineups: Michael Young gets day off
|Ron Washington answers all the tough questions from ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben & Skin. Why not bench Michael Young? Why not call up Jurickson Profar? And more!
Young is hitting .269 with three homers and 45 RBIs this season. He has 24 extra-base hits in 476 plate appearances this season. Only one player has fewer extra-base hits in more at-bats in the AL in 2012. Young's single in Tuesday's game ended an 0-for-12 streak. He is batting .288 in his last 30 games and he remains difficult to strike out. But his power numbers have dropped as well. He has an 84-game home run drought (last home run was May 7 at Baltimore), the longest of his career.
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
LF David Murphy
C Geovany Soto
DH Mitch Moreland
1B Mike Olt
RHP Scott Feldman
SS Derek Jeter
1B Nick Swisher
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Mark Teixeira
3B Eric Chavez
LF Raul Ibanez
C Russell Martin
RF Ichiro Suzuki
2B Jayson Nix
RHP Freddy Garcia
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