ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said he had no idea Michael Young was a home run away from the cycle when he pinch hit Mike Napoli in his place in the eighth Monday.
Young had quickly gathered the first three pieces of the cycle in the second, third and fourth, but Washington’s card didn’t match the official scorer.
“Well I screwed that one up,” Washington said. “My card had two doubles. I thought he had the triple last night.”
Young had no hard feelings toward his manager and said it was good for Napoli to get an at-bat under his belt before his first start coming of the DL.
“I don’t care,” Young said. “It’s not like I’m going to snap my fingers and hit a homer. I didn’t care at all.”
Napoli took advantage of his pinch hit, roping the first pitch he saw for a double into left.
Young led off the second with a double and would eventually be driven in by David Murphy. Young singled in the third after an Adrian Beltre home run and tripled in the fourth, driving in Beltre.
Young’s only out of the night was a pop-out to center in the sixth.
Washington said Young didn’t say anything to him after the game, calling the veteran a class act.