Young had four hits with a home run and Mark DeRosa -- playing
shortstop instead of Young -- added four hits with four RBI in the
Rangers' 15-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday night
to snap a season-worst six-game losing streak.
"It's totally coincidental as far as I'm concerned," Young
said after going 4-for-6 with two RBI. "I'd like to think I'd do
it if I was playing shortstop today, too."
DeRosa had a two-run double and a two-run single in his third
start this season at shortstop, all games when Young, a three-time
All-Star, was the DH.
"DHing is fine and dandy every once in a while, but it's not
something I want to make a habit of doing," said Young, a starter
in every Rangers game this year. "But every once in a while, it's
nice to get off your feet and get some rest."
Young is 12-for-16 in those starts at DH -- and 22-for-42 in his
career as a DH.
"Mike put on a show again. Nothing he does surprises anybody
anymore," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.
The Rangers (52-53) had 19 hits and matched a season high for
runs to avoid their first winless homestand of at least six games
in club history.
After losing last Sunday in Chicago against the White Sox, Texas
was swept in a three-game set by the New York Yankees and lost the
first two against the Royals (37-67), who have the worst record in
the major leagues.
"It seems like everybody in here has been trying to put it on
themselves, so it was nice to get a lead early, then relax and have
some fun," said DeRosa, 4-for-34 his previous nine games to drop
his average from .322 to .308. "We definitely needed that."
Texas is third in the AL West, but only three games behind
division-leading Oakland -- and a half-game ahead of Seattle, which
also won Sunday.
Carlos Lee had two more hits and his first RBI in his first
victory with the Rangers since coming over from Milwaukee in a
six-player trade Friday. The left fielder is 7-for-13 in three
games for Texas.
John Koronka (7-6) allowed two runs while throwing 110 pitches
over five innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Mark Redman (7-6), the subject of trade speculation before
Monday's non-waiver deadline, gave up six runs and nine hits and
lasted only three innings. The Royals' left-hander was 7-1 in his
previous 10 starts.
"I've got to take it as a bad day at work. It was one of those
nights they caught fire," Redman said. "I'm not going to dwell on
it. It was not any one particular pitch. They hit them all."
DeRosa's two-run double in the second put the Rangers up 2-0.
Young led off the third with his ninth homer and Laird had an RBI
double before Kinsler's two-run homer that barely cleared the
14-foot wall in left for a 6-0 lead.
"There were a couple of pitches where I went down to block them
in the dirt, and they still hit them," catcher John Buck said.
Brandon Duckworth replaced Redman to start the fourth, and
needed 45 pitches over 11 batters to finally get out of the inning
after the Rangers had scored six more times.
Young had a one-out single and scored on Lee's double. Kinsler
drew a bases-loaded walk and DeRosa had a two-run single after
intentional walks to Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock that sandwiched
a groundout. Gary Matthews Jr. had an RBI single that made it 12-2.
After Blalock's sacrifice fly in the fifth, Duckworth left with
elbow soreness. Royals manager Buddy Bell said Duckworth was
probably headed to the disabled list.
Emil Brown led off the Kansas City fourth with his seventh homer
-- a shot to center field that Matthews unsuccessfully made a
leaping stab at while blowing a bubble with his gum.
Adam Eaton was scheduled to make his second start Sunday for the
Rangers, but the right-hander was pushed back to Tuesday at
Minnesota because of a stomach virus. Eaton said he felt better
after getting medication, then sleeping most of Saturday and until
around noon on Sunday.
The Rangers made two trades Sunday, sending RHP Bryan Corey
to Boston for minor league pitcher Luis Mendoza and getting C
Miguel Ojeda from Colorado for cash. ... Kansas City, which has won
only six of its last 19 games, begins a season-long 10-game
homestand Monday. ... Texas now plays 10 straight road games. ...
LHP John Rheinecker pitches Monday, when Koronka was originally