Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jack Cust struck out, for the 186th. September 20th, 2008

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jack Cust struck out, for the 186th. And 187th time this season Friday night to break the American League record.

Cust struck out on a checked swing against Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez leading off the second inning and he fanned again with one out and a runner on second in the fourth.

Rob Deer of Milwaukee previously held the AL record when he struck out 186 times in 1987.

Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard set the major league last season with 199 strikeouts.

Cust went into the game with a league-leading 101 walks. Since 1986 only two players – Jim Thome of Cleveland in 1999 and Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees in 2003 – have led their respective leagues in strikeouts and walks.

Rangers Young out with finger injury.

Texas Rangers shortstop Michael Young left in the third inning of Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels after irritating his fractured right ring finger.

It was the second game in a row that Young left early because of the finger that the All-Star shortstop broke July 28 in Seattle. Young has still started 45 of 46 games since, and appeared in the other as a pinch-hitter.

Young had an RBI single in the top of the third, but apparently aggravated his injury that at-bat. German Duran pinch-hit for Young later in the inning, when the Rangers scored nine runs on nine hits – the most runs and hits against the Angels in an inning since May 2006.

Young was 2-for-2, pushing his season total to 173 hits. With only eight games left, his streak of five consecutive 200-hit seasons will likely end.

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