ARLINGTON (AP)¬† The Texas Rangers are glad they didn’t trade Michael Young.

When the Rangers had their first day off in three weeks Thursday, Young led the American League with 51 hits and ranked fourth with his .349 batting average. His 28 RBIs are the most he’s ever had at this point in a season, and he’s tied for second in the AL with teammate Adrian Beltre.

Young requested a trade before spring training. The Rangers said they were willing to oblige, but didn’t deal their career hits leader now in his 11th season.

Having Young has been vital with AL MVP Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz, another slugging outfielder, on the disabled list. Plus, Beltre hit only .147 his last 10 games and Mike Napoli is struggling at .203 overall.

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