Young starts in ninth straight opener

Young starts in ninth straight opener

ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Michael Young was in the Rangers' Opening Day lineup for the ninth straight season on Monday against the Blue Jays. That ties Jim Sundberg for the second-longest streak in club history. Ivan Rodriguez was in 11 straight Opening Day lineups from 1992-2002.

Rafael Palmeiro had 10 Opening Day starts for the Rangers in 1989-93 and 1999-2003. Toby Harrah also had nine Opening Day starts in 1972-78 and 1985-86.

Ian Kinsler's sprained ankle kept him from being in the Opening Day lineup for the fifth straight year. Bump Wills was in the Rangers' Opening Day lineup for five straight years in 1977-81, the longest streak by a Rangers second baseman.

Josh Hamilton got the start in left field for the Rangers. Since Rusty Greer started in left field in six straight Opening Days in 1996-2001, Hamilton is the eighth starting left fielder for the Rangers in the past nine years. The others are Gabe Kapler (2002), Carl Everett (2003), David Dellucci (2004), Kevin Mench (2005), Brad Wilkerson (2006-07), David Murphy (2008) and Marlon Byrd (2009).

Vladimir Guerrero is the fifth cleanup hitter in the past five years for the Rangers, following Phil Nevin, Mark Teixeira, Hank Blalock and Nelson Cruz.

Julio Borbon is the 18th Opening Day center fielder in the last 23 years for the Rangers. The Rangers have not had a center fielder start three consecutive years on Opening Day since Oddibe McDowell in 1986-88.