OAKLAND -- Michael Young took an 11-game hitting streak into Saturday's game. That's well below his career best of 25, and even farther behind the Braves' Dan Uggla. The second baseman took a 32-game hitting streak into Atlanta's game against the Cubs on Saturday, and even Young is taking notice over in the American League.
"I'm happy for him, really happy for him," Young said. "He's a real good guy. He's got a new team and wanted to show what he could do. He got off to a little bit of a slow start, but he's caught fire now for a really good team. Good for him. I've got to know him a little bit the past few years, and he's a real solid guy. He plays hard and his teammates like him. Those are the kind of guys you root for."
The Rangers have never had a player with a 30-game hitting streak. The club record is 28, set by Gabe Kapler in 2000. Young had a 25-game hitting streak in '05 and a 23-game streak in '08. His current streak is his third of 10-plus games this season and the 24th of his career, so he understands how tough it is for Uggla to get to 30 and beyond.
"It's not easy," Young said. "People don't realize how hard hitting streaks are, because they look at it in the context of 56 straight games. But 56 is on a different planet. You can't compare it to Joe DiMaggio.
"A 30-game hitting streak is a pretty incredible accomplishment. You only see it every couple of years or so. That shows you how hard it is. And he's not doing it with bunts or infield hits. He's doing some real damage."