Young gets extra practice in the field

Young gets extra practice in the field

ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Michael Young was on the field getting some extra work on his defense about four hours before Thursday's game with the Twins. Young was taking ground balls from infield coach Dave Anderson.

"I'm going to do it a lot more over the last month and make sure I get better at it," Young said. "I definitely want to be better defensively without a doubt and make sure I play my style of defense over the last month. It's something I want to focus on."

Most infielders get their defensive work done during regular batting practice, which starts 2 1/2 hours before the game. But Young wants to get out early with Anderson and avoid the distractions.

"It's hard to focus in batting practice when the music is blaring and balls are whizzing all over the place," Young said. "I want to make sure defense gets the time it deserves."

Young, a Gold Glove shortstop who is in his second year of playing third base, went into Thursday's game ranked 10th in the league in fielding at his position. He had also committed the most errors by any American League third baseman.

"This year has been weird," Young said. "This has been the streakiest I've been offensively and defensively, but the beauty of this game is there is still a lot of time left."