Rookie Chris Young will get some additional time off after the All-Star break. He’s hoping to make the most of his last start before the annual Midsummer Classic.
Young, who leads the Texas staff in strikeouts with 84 and is second in innings with 97, had a two-start winning streak snapped Tuesday against Boston. The 6-foot-10 right-hander, who flirted with a career in the NBA before signing with the Rangers, was pounded for seven runs and five hits, including three homers, over a career-low 2 1-3 innings.
“I’ve had nights where I didn’t feel good the first couple innings and I look up and it’s the fifth or sixth inning, and things have changed and I’ve gotten in the game,” Young said. “Tonight, the damage was done so early that I look back and it was almost too early to tell, but I know I wasn’t sharp the first couple of innings and they took advantage of that.”
Young, who made just seven starts for Texas last year, may be growing fatigued during his first full season in the majors. Texas manager Buck Showalter has opted to hold Young back after the break until July 18, when he’s scheduled to start against the New York Yankees.
The Rangers have taken the first two games from the Blue Jays, including Saturday’s 12-10 win.
The All-Star first baseman had an RBI single to go with his homers, which pushed his AL-leading total to 24.