Young, a 6-foot-10 right-hander, has established himself as a solid No. 2 starter behind staff ace Kenny Rogers.
The 26-year-old Dallas native, who flirted with playing in the NBA after a standout career at Princeton, is 3-0 over his last five starts, allowing two runs or fewer in each outing during that span.
He was reached for just one run and six hits over a season high-tying eight innings in a 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday. Young struck out five and did not walk a batter for the second straight game.
Young began the season with a tenuous hold on a rotation spot, but he’s solidified his position by going eight innings in three starts this season.
“He’s a guy with a lot of determination, grit and want-to,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said of Young, who has a 1.14 ERA during his unbeaten streak. “It makes it easy to trust him. That’s pretty impressive.”
Young pitched eight scoreless innings against the Tigers on May 9, but did not receive a decision as he was matched by Detroit left-hander Nate Robertson in the Rangers’ 2-0 loss.
Robertson will be matched up with Young again on Thursday, trying to build on his second victory of the season. He allowed three runs and six hits over 7 2-3 innings of Friday’s 4-3 win at Baltimore.
The Rangers had their season-high nine-game winning streak stopped with Wednesday’s 6-4 loss to Detroit.
Brandon Inge’s tiebreaking, two-run single in a five-run seventh inning helped the Tigers end the second-longest win streak in Texas history.
Dmitri Young homered for Detroit, which has won four of five with the lone loss during that stretch coming in Tuesday’s series-opening 8-2 defeat.