Young snaps out of skid with two-homer day

Young snaps out of skid with two-homer day

BOSTON -- The A's boarded their charter flight back to Oakland on Wednesday night following a 6-5 loss to the Red Sox with little to be happy about, save for Chris Young's two-homer day amid frustration surrounding an otherwise forgettable 1-5 road trip.

Young entered the matinee riding an 0-for-17 skid -- with just six hits in his last 53 at-bats -- but he left it behind having reached base three times, with a walk accompanying his two home runs that netted the A's four of their five runs.

In doing so, Young upped his season average from .152 to .174, while he also continues to adjust to a more versatile role with his new team, having before played center field on an everyday basis with the D-backs.

"It's great," manager Bob Melvin said. "It's just a matter of time for him. He's a good player who has had to adjust to some things, but that's what he has to offer. You can get three runs very quickly when he's at the plate."

"The main goal is to win the game," Young said, "but on a personal note, I'm happy about how I did.

"I'm feeling pretty good. I know I'm off to a slow start, but it's only April. At the end of the season, everything works itself out. I've had hot starts, I've had slow starts, but you stay pretty level-headed as much as possible and understand you still have 400-500 at-bats left."

Jane Lee is a reporter for Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.