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April 18, 2012

Wednesday pregame Rangers notes: Michael Young's back

Michael Young said that after 12 years he has finally learned to listen to the advice of Rangers trainers, so he will sit tonight against Boston with a stiff back. He first starting feeling discomfort during his first at-bat Tuesday but stayed in for three more. He homered in the sixth, and then bowed out of the game.

Young said this is the fourth time he has dealt with similar back stiffness, most recently in 2009. Each time he has needed one to two days to recover, and he is hopeful that's the case now. He wants to play Thursday in Detroit.

"After the first or second day, it feels like new," Young said. "The training staff thought the obvious move was to give it a day."

Yu Darvish has left Fenway Park ahead of the Rangers' charter flight late Wednesday so that he can be a little more fresh for his third career start Thursday at Detroit. Darvish worked out at Fenway Park before heading to Logan International Airport.

Manager Ron Washington is expected to see more improvement from Darvish even though he is facing his toughest test to day. Washington's theory is that Darvish got better with each spring outing and got better Saturday against Minnesota.

Mike Napoli is expected to catch Darvish on Thursday.

Mitch Moreland is back in the lineup, though at designated hitter instead of first base. Brandon Snyder is the first baseman because Washington thought he would have a better chance at the plate if he were involved in both aspects of the game.

-- Jeff Wilson

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