BOSTON -- The Rangers' three-game series against the Red Sox is not only a meeting between two first-place teams, but also the top two hitters in the American League. Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went into the series leading the league with a .341 average, while Michael Young was second at .335. Young, who won the batting title in 2005, said he hasn't given much thought about winning it a second time. "Not really," Young said. "I'm not trying to downplay it, because it really is a great honor. It's one of those things that I can look back on and be really proud of when my career is over. This is not the time or place. The good thing for Adrian and I is we're both on good teams and we're trying to finish off team business. That makes it much easier to focus on the top priority -- and that's winning."
Young won his batting title with a career-best .331 average. He hit .367 in September that year and has a career .310 average for the month. "That was my first time going down that road, and I was just trying to have the best September possible," Young said. "I wasn't thinking about the batting title. I was inexperienced when it came to dealing with it. The last week when I started getting hit with a lot of questions, that's when it hit me what was in front of me." Young is one of three Rangers to win the batting title. Julio Franco won it 1991, and Josh Hamilton did so last season.