Sabathia will try to cool off Young when the Yankees and Texas Rangers close their three-game series in Arlington on Sunday.
Young had a home run and an RBI single among his four hits in Texas’ 7-5 win over New York (18-13) on Saturday. The Rangers veteran is 10 for 20 with six RBIs against the Yankees this year after hitting .317 against them in 2010, including nine hits in 27 postseason at-bats.
He helped Texas bounce back after Friday’s 4-1 loss to New York. The Rangers broke out of their offensive slump early, scoring five runs in 4 1-3 innings off Bartolo Colon(notes) and broke a sixth-inning tie when Mitch Moreland(notes) scored on a squeeze bunt.
Texas (18-16) collected 14 hits Saturday after scoring 16 runs and hitting .194 while losing five of its first six games this month.
“Our record isn’t what we want right now but I’m proud of the way our team’s battling,” Young said. “We taking a good team approach offensively right now. If we keep doing that we’re going to be fine.”
Young has a good chance to continue his hot hitting against the Yankees since he is batting .362 in 47 career at-bats against Sabathia (2-2, 2.68 ERA).
The Rangers are looking to win a series for the first time since sweeping Kansas City from April 22-24.
Sabathia, meanwhile, will try to help New York conclude a frustrating trip with three wins in seven games.
The left-hander allowed season highs of four runs and 10 hits in seven innings of a 4-2 loss at Detroit on Tuesday. Sabathia pitched into the seventh inning for the fourth straight start.
“Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he goes out there and battles and gives us an opportunity to win,” Derek Jeter(notes) told the Yankees’ official website. “We just didn’t score enough runs for him.”
New York’s ace also didn’t have his best stuff against visiting Texas on April 17, allowing four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 6-5 win.
Sabathia is 9-3 against the Rangers including playoffs, but his 4.57 ERA is his third-highest against AL opponents.
New York needs a win Sunday to avoid losing back-to-back series for the first time this season. Curtis Granderson(notes), who homered twice Friday, went 0 for 2 with two walks Saturday and is 4 for 20 on this trip.
It will be the second spot start this season for Bush, who has a 1.46 ERA in four appearances this year. The right-hander pitched three scoreless innings in a start against Detroit on April 13.
Bush is 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA against the Yankees. This is the first time he’s faced them since 2005 with Toronto.