ARLINGTON, Texas -- Why is a slumping Michael Young still in the clean-up spot?
Look no further than Rangers’ nine-run third inning.
Young delivered the clutch hit the Rangers so badly needed, a two-run double into the left-field corner with Texas down 2-0 that awoke the home team’s bats and led to Detroit starter Max Scherzer’s demise.
When Young’s spot came up again later in the third, he doubled again, this time in the right-field corner to drive in two more runs.
Young’s .162 playoff batting average with no home runs coming into tonight's game had talk show phone lines buzzing. But manager Ron Washington kept Young in the four hole, where he excelled in the regular season.
The nine-run outburst is easily a Rangers team playoff record, eclipsing six against the Yankees in last year’s ALCS.
Texas leads 9-2. No surprise with Derek Holland on the mound. The Rangers always score for Holland.