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10/12/11 3:15 PM ET
Trim on a whim: Texas trio shaves beards
Young, Kinsler, Hamilton sport new looks before Game 4
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Rangers Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton shaved off their playoff beards after Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to the Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park.
Young and Kinsler, lockering next to each other in the visitors' clubhouse, were both clean-shaven prior to Game 4 in the best-of-seven series. The Rangers lead, two games to one, with the winner of the series playing either the Brewers or Cardinals in the World Series.
"I wasn't the only one," Young said. "Me, Kins and Josh, we all took them down. We were the only ones doing the playoff thing who aren't used to having beards. So it stunk. It itched. I got a lot of guff from Mike Napoli, Mitch Moreland and Craig Gentry, but they wear their beards year round, so it was easy for them to take a shot.
"We talked about it last night. We all agreed last night to take them down. My wife was happy that I shaved. She was tired of it."
Young said that shaving had nothing to do with his struggles during the postseason. He went into Game 4 hitting .111 (3-for-27) without an extra-base hit or RBI.
Young figures that if he was slumping during the middle of the regular season, he wouldn't be under such intense scrutiny. But it is that time of the year, as the Rangers are trying to repeat as AL champs.
"Probably," Young said. "But my own focus isn't any different. I know exactly what I'm capable of doing at the plate. I know how to make quick adjustments. It's not like it's my first time doing this. I've gone through these things before.
"I don't make major adjustments; I just make minor ones. I believe in my approach to hitting. I expect good things to happen. I've been down this road before, and suddenly I just bust out."