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Young snaps 0-for-11 slump

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--INF Michael Young may be emerging from the long slump that had driven his batting average to below .270. Young had a single up the middle in his first at-bat to break an 0-for-11 stretch, then walked after getting behind 0-and-2 before doubling home a run. Young had entered the game in a 5-for-41 slump.

--Asked to pitch in a key late-inning situation because RHPs Mike Adams and Alexi Ogando were unavailable, Koji Uehara worked a perfect eighth inning. Uehara has not allowed a run in his last 11 innings. During the stretch, he's allowed three hits, one walk and struck out 11.

--A very clear platoon has developed with OFs David Murphy and Craig Gentry. Murphy, a left-handed hitter who had a great spring, played the season opener against Chicago LHP John Danks, but has not started against a lefty since. Gentry, who is hitting .361 vs. left-handed pitching, starts in center vs. lefties with OF Josh Hamilton moving to left.

--1B Mitch Moreland will likely be the odd man out over the weekend while the Rangers play under NL rules. Manager Ron Washington said he expects INF Michael Young to be the Rangers' first baseman.

--Frisco prodigy INF Jurickson Profar, at 19 the youngest player in all of Double-A, tripled in the ninth inning Friday to extend his hitting streak to 28 games.

BY THE NUMBERS
.710 -- Rangers winning percentage against in-state rival and future AL West foe Houston since Ron Washington took over the Texas club in 2007. Since 2009, the Rangers have won 15 of 19 meetings.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I tried to stay positive. I still said some choice words." -- Manager Ron Washington, on his words to RHP Neftali Feliz, whom he visited in the fourth inning, then removed after he issued his fifth walk of the game with two outs in the fifth.

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