While it wasn’t his first at bat of the season, Dmitri Young made what amounts to his second debut this year. After a heap load of personal problems, the Tigers are going to give Young a chance to prove himself before the trade deadline. All he did today was break a 1-1 tie with a two run single in the fourth inning. He’s also struck out (third inning) and grounded to second (sixth inning). Tigers are up 7-1 heading into the eighth inning.
I’ll be honest, when asked about Dmitri Young a few weeks ago, I thought the Tigers would be better off just cutting him loose and moving on, but I’m now glad they didn’t. He’s got ten days to prove his value, and if the Tigers can use him instead of making a deal, they should be better off in the long term. I was also impressed with the ovation he got in his first at bat.
Justin Verlander threw six solid innings and then Walker threw a perfect seventh. Walker now has a 0.99 ERA. They’re keeping him in there to throw the eighth. I’ll check back in when the game’s done. Oh yeah, and the White Sox are tied 1-1 in the third.
Roman Colon got into trouble in the ninth and Fernando Rodney had to come in and relieve him. The tying ran actually came up to plate but Rodney was able to get Eric Chavez to ground out to end the game. Young picked up another single in the eighth so he finished two for four.