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Young named Rangers' player of the year

The Rangers announced that third baseman Michael Young was named the club's player of the year by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Young led the team in batting average at .322, the fifth-highest average in the American League. It was the sixth time he hit at least .300, the most ever by a Ranger. Young played in 135 games, missing time due to injury, but still led the team in on-base percentage (.374), total bases (280), hits (174) and multi-hit games (51).

Young was named to the All-Star team his first season playing third base. He made the move during the offseason to make room for rookie Elvis Andrus at shortstop. Young didn't have much trouble with the transition, helping to make the club's infield defense much improved over 2008.

Young has won player of the year honors in 2004, 2005 and 2007. It puts Young one behind Juan Gonzalez, who won it five times. Ruben Sierra also won the player of the year award four times.

The Rangers also announced that they purchased the contracts of left-handed pitchers Michael Kirkman and Zach Phillips, putting both on the 40-man roster. The Rangers now have 37 players on that roster.