Young ready to move on from tough first half

Young ready to move on from tough first half

SEATTLE -- Rangers veteran Michael Young, after getting four hits in Sunday's first-half finale, took a .270 batting average into Friday's game with the Mariners. That was his lowest batting average going into the All-Star break since 2003. His .303 on-base percentage and .353 slugging percentages were the lowest in his career at the halfway point.

"I'm just going to stay after it," Young said. "I feel fine. I'm just going to play hard and make good adjustments game to game like I always do, and I expect things to go my way. I don't look at the past. I look at the second half as an opportunity."

Last year, Young put up impressive numbers in the second half, hitting .357 with a .409 on-base percentage and a .463 slugging percentage. The second-half batting average and on-base percentage were career highs.

"The biggest thing is I trust myself," Young said. "I trust what I do on the field, that's why I'm not worried about it. I'm excited by the opportunity in the second half. I'm looking forward to it."