Young's breakout game encouraging to Texas

Young's breakout game encouraging to Texas

ARLINGTON -- Before Sunday, it had been more than three months since Michael Young had homered and more than two years since he had five RBIs in a game.

But Young did both in a 11-2 win in Sunday's series finale, going 3-for-5 with his first homer since May 7 and a double, marking the first time he had multiple extra-base hits in a game since April 15. He also snapped a career-long 88-game homerless drought spanning 349 at-bats, and he drove in a run for the first time in 12 games.

"That was awesome," Josh Hamilton said. "Michael is the type of player that, at any moment, can turn it around pretty quick. It was exciting to see him hit the ball well and make solid contact, square the ball up and have fun."

A seven-time All-Star, Young is one of 11 players with 100 hits in each of the last 11 seasons. He has 127 this year, fourth-most on the team, and is batting .272 with four homers and 50 RBIs in 117 games this season.

"For me, my biggest strengths as a hitter are my hands and my bat speed," Young said. "Sometimes you put too much body into it. It's an adjustment I've been working on over the past couple weeks. It'll be something I'll continue to work on."