Michael Young excited by large crowds

DETROIT -- Texas Rangers veteran Michael Young said things have changed at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington since his younger days, when a three-game series against the New York Yankees meant a rare chance at a sellout and a crowd predominately full of Yankee hats and jerseys.

As of Sunday afternoon, fewer than 1,000 tickets remained for Monday's game and fewer than 4,000 for the two remaining Yankee games. The three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend could be sellouts as well.

"The game has changed in Texas now," Young said. "It’s a whole different ballgame. We don’t depend on certain teams coming into town in order to draw. We’re going to draw regardless. That’s fun. As a player, you want to see your house packed. You want to see that electric environment."

Young knows the Rangers face a challenge the next three nights with a Yankee team that has been scoring six runs per game.

"They are a good team," Young said. "We’ve played a lot of good teams lately. The Yankees are a really good team, they are playing well. It should be a good challenge and a fun series. We’re looking forward to it."