ARLINGTON, Texas -- As far as Michael Young is concerned, slumps are mythical creatures.
Never mind the fact that the Rangers' all-time hits leader is hacking away below the Mendoza Line in the last 22 games. Young is 18-for-92 (.196) in that span, dropping his season batting average from .414 to .280.
"I've never really bought into the idea of slumps," Young said. "There are going to be times you just don't get the results that you want in this game. It's just the nature of the big leagues. But what you've done in the past has nothing to do with what you're going to do the next game. You're allowed to wipe the slate clean and get back to work the next game."
Young will wipe the slate clean after Tuesday's 0-for-4 outing and get back to work against the A's. He says he feels "great" at the plate and anticipates the results will reflect that soon.
"All I look for is my next at-bat," Young said. "I make my adjustments pitch to pitch and at-bat to at-bat. I look forward to my next at-bat and expect things to go my way."
A few more leftovers from last night's loss to the Royals:
*The Rangers were swept in a home series for the first time since dropping four games to the Baltimore Orioles in July 2010.
"It's two games, two games," said Colby Lewis, the losing pitcher Tuesday night against the Royals. "I'm not really worried about it. Who cares? It's not even a full series. I wouldn't even call it a series. I mean, would you call it a series if they came here for one game? Would you call it getting swept if we lose one game in a makeup? I don't know. Whatever."
*The Rangers allowed seven unearned runs in the series against the Royals, which was two games, two games. They had allowed a total of 11 unearned runs in the first 35 games this season. A pair of errant throws by Lewis to first base led to five unearned runs Tuesday. It was the first time a Texas pitcher had two errors in a game since Lewis on Sept. 15, 2010 against Detroit.
*Ian Kinsler became the first Ranger with multiple steals in a game this season when he swiped second and third in the fifth inning. Kinsler, who has five stolen bases this season, was also the last Ranger with multiple steals in a game, pulling off the feat Sept. 25 against Seattle.