Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/7/12

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been adamant that he won't be sitting Michael Young in favor of any young players while the veteran tries to find his swing.

"Before the season is over, he's going to do something grand," was Washington's line.

For Young, though, "grand" means consistency.

It's only a week, but the Rangers are starting to see just that.

Playing shortstop Thursday, Young got the Rangers' offense moving and eventually delivered the go-ahead hit in the 10th inning of Texas' 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. It was typical Young: a line-drive single up the middle on a high slider.

It was the fifth straight game with an RBI for Young. Only three times in his career has he had longer streaks. Two of them came last year in what was the best run-producing season of his career.

"I'm seeing the same guy who has grinded things out all year," Washington said. "Things are just working for him right now. I believe in him. I'm going to play him. I'm on that ship."

In six September games, Young's batting average has shown only modest improvement. He's 7-for-25 (.280), and even a hot month isn't going to push him close to the .304 career average he took into the season.

He has, however, driven the ball better, has a pair of home runs and has six RBI. For the first week of the month, only the blistering hot Adrian Beltre has more RBI than Young among the Rangers. Beltre has seven.

"The numbers are nice if they lead to wins," Young said. "That's all I care about right now. What's happened in the past is all done and dead. Those numbers are as dead to me as what happened 10 years ago. It's just about coming to the park and focusing on the game ahead of me."

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