ARLINGTON (AP)  Michael Young says he never really wanted to leave Texas, even after requesting a trade last winter.

So after the Rangers’ longest-tenured player stayed in Texas, he has responded with one of the best seasons in his career.

Rangers outfielder David Murphy says it’s one of the best trades that never happened.

Young has remained a steady presence for the Rangers as they close in on another AL West title. He’s already topped 100 RBIs and is only two hits shy of his sixth 200-hit season while hitting .331. That was tied for second in the AL on Monday, the team’s last day off in the regular season.

Young, now in his 11th season, has started 151 games this season, at DH, third base, second base and first base.

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