Young not getting many hits, but getting on base

Young not getting many hits, but getting on base

PHOENIX -- D-backs center fielder Chris Young said after Monday's 5-1 win against the Rockies that if you're not getting hits, you make sure nobody from the other team is getting any.

But while Young hasn't been getting many hits, he has been getting on base.

Young's 26 walks since the All-Star break entering Tuesday trail only Joey Votto (32), Carlos Pena, Prince Fielder and Mike Stanton (all 28) in the National League.

"I've just been trying to have good at-bats, that's it," Young said. "If walks come, I'm happy with walks at the time, but I'm just trying to have good at-bats, hit the ball hard, and if they don't give me anything, take my walks and let the next guy get it done."

Young expected to be in the starting lineup against Rockies right-hander Aaron Cook on Tuesday, but D-backs manager Kirk Gibson elected to keep him out.

"I don't like them at all," Young said about days off. "Every now and then you're going to get them, so I just have to support my boys."

And while he's hit a paltry .162 since the All-Star break, Young has shown signs of breaking out of that slump, recording a hit in five straight games before that streak was snapped on Monday.

"He said, 'You're kidding, right?'" Gibson said about Young's reaction to his day off. "He didn't want it, but it's by design to make us a better team through the end."