|Texas (37-28) «||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||1||6||12||0|
That task might not be too difficult for the perennial All-Star.
Young hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to break Ivan Rodriguez's club record, Josh Hamilton capped a four-hit night with a towering home run in the ninth, and the Rangers overcame an early injury to starter Tommy Hunter to beat the Florida Marlins 6-3 on Wednesday.
"I've played my whole career in one uniform. Hopefully I can finish it in this uniform," Young said. "I think most importantly, we got it in a win."
Young has 1,748 hits, setting the mark in 91 fewer games than Rodriguez spent with the club. The record-breaker was clutch, with Young connecting on a 2-2 pitch from Jay Buente and giving the Rangers a 5-2 lead.
"You guys saw Michael Young a lot longer than I have," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "You all know the consistency he's all about."
Nolan Ryan, the Rangers' president, called after the game, telling Young, "I just wanted to congratulate you and wish you the best for the rest of the year."
Said Young: "I knew it'd mean a lot, but now that it's finished, I kind of look back on the career I've had in Texas and the players I've passed, it means a lot."
The ball that became Young's recordbreaking hit was tossed softly into the Rangers' dugout for safekeeping.
The ball that became Hamilton's 16th home run an inning later was tossed back onto the playing surface by a fan, who retrieved it off the blue tarp in straightaway center, a few rows above the 404-foot sign. Hamilton hit it off Renyel Pinto, whom Florida designated for assignment after the game.
Chris Coghlan had an RBI double and Hanley Ramirez drove in his seventh run in the past seven games for the Marlins, who have dropped seven of their past 10. Highly touted rookie right fielder Mike Stanton went 0 for 4, and is hitless in eight at-bats during his first Florida homestand.
"We need to get a streak and win like 10," Ramirez said. "It hasn't happened yet."
Hunter was bidding for his third win in as many starts after beginning the year on the DL with a strained left oblique. He was strong in the early going, not allowing a hit in 2 1/3 innings, but then walked Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez and fell behind Coghlan 3-0.
That was all for Hunter, who left with discomfort in his right hip flexor after catching his spike on the mound on a pickoff move.
"It's not too bad," said Hunter, whom the Rangers are listing day to day.
A pair of infield singles by Hamilton and David Murphy in the first, following a throwing error by Sanchez on a pickoff attempt, allowed Kinsler to score the game's first run. Borbon homered in the second, and Kinsler made it 3-0 after another error in the third.
Sanchez (6-4) allowed eight hits and one earned run in six innings.
"I threw six strong innings," Sanchez said. "That's what I know."
|This Michael Young single gives him the Texas hits record (1,748) previously held by Ivan Rodriguez. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Elvis Andrus, SS||5||0||0||0||0||2||5||.288|
|Michael Young, 3B||5||0||2||2||0||0||0||.320|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||2||1||0||1||1||3||.269|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||5||1||4||1||0||0||1||.323|
|David Murphy, RF||5||0||1||1||0||0||2||.260|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||3||1||0||0||2||2||3||.204|
|Matt Treanor, C||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.223|
|Julio Borbon, CF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.285|
|Tommy Hunter, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Matt Harrison, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a- Joaquin Arias, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Darren O'Day, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Vladimir Guerrero, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.336|
|Frank Francisco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Neftali Feliz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Harrison in the 6th|
|b-was walked intentionally for O'Day in the 8th|
|2B - Michael Young (21, Sosa)|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (16, Pinto), Julio Borbon (1, Sanchez)|
|RBI - Michael Young 2 (42), Josh Hamilton (48), David Murphy (21), Julio Borbon (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Young 2 (17), David Murphy (10)|
|SB - David Murphy (3, 2nd base off Sanchez/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Smoak|
|Darren O'Day (H,10; W,3-2)||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.98|
|Frank Francisco (H,7)||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||4.66|
|Neftali Feliz (S,17)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||3.07|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 38-16, Matt Harrison 43-23, Darren O'Day 26-14, Frank Francisco 16-9, Neftali Feliz 20-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 1-5, Matt Harrison 4-3, Darren O'Day 1-4, Frank Francisco 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 10, Matt Harrison 11, Darren O'Day 6, Frank Francisco 4, Neftali Feliz 3|
|Chris Coghlan, LF||2||1||1||1||2||1||0||.275|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.284|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.285|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.279|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.256|
|Cody Ross, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.281|
|Mike Stanton, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Ronny Paulino, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Anibal Sanchez, P||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Jorge Sosa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Emilio Bonifacio, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jay Buente, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Tankersley in the 7th|
|2B - Chris Coghlan (12, Harrison)|
|SH - Anibal Sanchez (3)|
|RBI - Chris Coghlan (19), Hanley Ramirez (36)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Cantu-Uggla-G. Sanchez|
|E - Anibal Sanchez (1, Throwing), Gaby Sanchez (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Anibal Sanchez (L,6-4)||6||8||3||1||1||6||1||3.22|
|IBB - Guerrero by Jay Buente|
|Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 103-68, Jorge Sosa 3-2, Taylor Tankersley 5-3, Jay Buente 32-15, Renyel Pinto 16-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 7-6, Jorge Sosa 1-0, Jay Buente 1-0, Renyel Pinto 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 28, Jorge Sosa 2, Taylor Tankersley 2, Jay Buente 7, Renyel Pinto 4|
|Attendance - 17014|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|