Michael Young becomes Rangers' all-time hits leader

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With a two-run single in a 6-3 win over the Marlins, Michael Young became the Rangers’ all-time hits leader on Wednesday, overtaking Ivan Rodriguez.
1. Michael Young – 1,748
2. Ivan Rodriguez – 1,747
3. Rafael Palmeiro – 1,692
4. Juan Gonzalez – 1.595
5. Ruben Sierra – 1,281
Just halfway through his current seven-year deal that will pay him $12 million a year in 2011 and 2012 and $13 million in 2013, Young should own several more Rangers records by the time he’s done.
Young is currently fourth on the franchise list in both runs and RBI. He’ll pass both Rodriguez and Gonzalez in runs later this year and Palmeiro for first place next year (he’s currently 96 back of Palmeiro). The RBI list is a bit more spread out, as he’s 318 behind Gonzalez in first place.
RBI
1. Gonzalez – 1,180
2. Palmeiro – 1,039
3. Rodriguez – 842
4. Young – 762
Runs
1. Palmeiro – 958
2. Gonzalez – 878
3. Rodriguez – 866
4. Young – 862
Young is also second in doubles, 20 behind Rodriguez. He’s tied with Sierra for first with 44 triples.
At age 33, Young is a big long shot to get to 3,000 hits. However, he has reversed the decline that seemed to be setting in during 2007 and 2008, suggesting that 2,500 is within reach. Durability is one of his biggest strengths. Young didn’t establish himself as a quality regular until age 26, but he’s played in 155 games seven times in the last eight years and he’s appeared in all 65 Rangers games this year.

Mets leaning on Jay Bruce, Neil Walker as Lucas Duda insurance

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 12:  Pinch hitter Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after striking out for the first out of the ninth inning against Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers won 5-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Mets have begun working outfielder Jay Bruce and second baseman Neil Walker at first base as potential insurance in the event Lucas Duda continues to experience back discomfort, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Duda has been sidelined recently due to back spasms and missed all but 47 games last season as a result of a stress fracture in his lower back.

Manager Terry Collins spoke about Bruce’s work at first base on Sunday, saying, “I liked everything I saw today. “It looks like he’s got the athleticism, he’s got the hands, he’s got the arm angle. He made some throws in our drills that you wouldn’t expect an outfielder to be able to make, but yet he does. If that’s where we have to go, I think we’ll be fine.”

Bruce has only three games’ worth of experience at first base at the major league level, but still has high expectations for himself. He said, “I am going to work at it. I want to give myself a chance and the team a chance. I am not going to go over there and be a butcher. It’s just not the way I go about my business on the baseball field and it wouldn’t be fair to the team if I wasn’t capable to do it, so I am going to work at it and we’ll see what happens.”

The Mets made Bruce available via trade over the offseason but didn’t get an offer that whet their appetite. As a result, Michael Conforto appears to be the odd man out in the Mets’ crowded outfield.

Jason Kipnis diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after scoring a run on a wild pitch thrown by Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) during the fifth inning in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Kipnis has received a cortisone shot and will be shut down from throwing for the next four to five days.

There’s a lot of spring left, so it’s perfectly sensible for the Indians to play it safe with their star player. The club already had Kipnis on a shoulder strengthening program.

Kipnis, 29, helped the Indians to the playoffs after batting .275/.343/.469 with 23 home runs, 92 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 688 plate appearances during the regular season last year. He then helped the Indians reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs, where they were eventually stopped, as he provided a .741 OPS including four homers and eight RBI in 15 playoff games.