Young, who went 0-1 with an 8.59 ERA in his first two outings, has bounced back with consecutive wins, including a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees last Friday.
The 6-foot-10 right-hander, who turned 26 on Monday, allowed one run and four hits over 5 2-3 innings, striking out a season-high seven and walking two.
“He’s tall. He’s got a good fastball. He’s deceptive,” New York’s John Flaherty said of Young, who passed up a chance to play in the NBA in order to pursue a career in the majors.
“He throws hard, and the ball is on top of you. And the curveball comes at you at the same angle.”
Young, who went 3-2 with a 4.71 ERA in seven starts for Texas last season, has not pitched particularly well at Ameriquest Field, going 2-3 with a 6.95 ERA in seven outings. In four career road starts, Young is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA.
Left-hander Kenny Rogers got his first win of the season Wednesday as the Rangers beat the Mariners 8-2. The win evened the series and ended Texas’ a two-game skid.
Rogers, winless in his first four starts, pitched six scoreless innings and Michael Young sparked a five-run, first-inning outburst with a three-run homer.
Ichiro Suzuki’s two-run double with two out in the ninth helped Seattle avoid the shutout. The Mariners had their two-game winning streak snapped.