ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -The Texas Rangers' Michael Young reached 200 hits for the fifth consecutive season, joining Wade Boggs and Ichiro Suzuki as the only players since 1940 to achieve the feat.
Young's 200th hit was an RBI single in the seventh inning of the Rangers' game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. It was his third hit of the game and pushed his season average to .314.
Boggs and Suzuki both had seven straight 200-hit seasons, including this year for Suzuki. Boggs had at least 200 hits from 1983-89. Young matched Hall of Fame second baseman Charlie Gehringer (1933-37) for the most consecutive 200-hit seasons by a middle infielder.
Young, who during spring training signed an $80 million contract extension through 2013, got off to a miserable start. He was hitting only .192 (23-of-120) on May 3 after he went 0-for-13 in the Rangers' three-game sweep at home by the by New York Yankees.
But Young's average started to steadily climb after that, and he hit .361 in June to earn his fourth straight All-Star nod. In 51 games since Aug. 1, Young is hitting .349.
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