Notes: To the slugger go the spoils

Notes: To the slugger go the spoils

DETROIT -- All that was missing from Dmitri Young's day was a sit-down with David Letterman.

After doing interviews with four national radio shows following his three-homer performance on Opening Day, Young ended up hosting a camera crew at his house Tuesday night for a five-minute spot on FSN's "Best Damn Sports Show".

It's a lot of attention for someone who's trying to put more of it on his team compared to himself.

"It's a career day," Young said. "That's the way you look at it. To me, it's more about we won and Jeremy Bonderman threw a (heck of a) game. That's what it boils down to. The nice little individual accomplishments are fun, but for a team concept, you always talk about the team. I like talking about the team."

The one call in which he didn't have to deflect attention came from former teammate Adam Dunn, whose two home runs included a game-tying shot off the Mets' Braden Looper in the ninth inning.

"He said, 'Dude, what kind of day did you have,'" Young recalled. "I said, 'What about you hitting 1,000 feet worth of home runs?'"

Young didn't add any more homers Wednesday, but he got his feet moving. His ninth-inning triple down the right-field line scored Bobby Higginson and sent Young into third base on a slide that included a little bit of a belly-flop. Third base coach Juan Samuel rated it a 4.5.

Speaking of Higginson: When Magglio Ordonez left the game with dizziness after four innings, it earned Higginson his first game action of the season. Much like during pregame introductions Monday, Bobby Higginson received a mixture of cheers and boos when he ran out to right field to start of the fifth inning.

Higginson appreciated the cheers. "It's real easy to get on somebody when times are getting tough," Higginson said. "But it's a lot tougher to stick by somebody when they're struggling. Those people that are sticking by me are, in my opinion, the real fans."

It's much easier for Higginson to hear them now that the bullpens are in left field and right field includes a grandstand, bringing fans within feet of the right fielder and giving him a dialogue he used to receive only on the road.

"You've got people that chirp and you've got other people that are pretty positive," Higginson said. "Some stuff they say is kind of funny and makes you giggle a little bit. You try to block it out the best you can. It's kind of tough because when there's not that many people there, it's kind of quiet and you can hear mostly everybody. You just try to stay focused on the hitter and concentrate as best you can."

Gentlemen, start your radar guns: Kyle Farnsworth's Tigers debut Wednesday featured no shortage of fastballs in an inning of work, during which he struck out the middle of the Royals order following a leadoff walk. Four of his pitches were clocked at 99 miles per hour, according to the Royals television feed, with one pitch registering at 99 mph on the stadium radar gun.

All three of his strikeout pitches were fastballs, sending down Mike Sweeney and Eli Marrero swinging before earning a called third strike on Emil Brown.

Knotts seeks second opinion: Gary Knotts is headed to California for a consultation with Dr. Lewis Yocum. He's seeking a second opinion to determine if anything is wrong with his pitching shoulder after he felt soreness and a small drop in velocity during Spring Training. Team doctors examined Knotts on Sunday.

Unseasonably warm opening week: The warm spell continues in Detroit. After a first-pitch temperature of 68 degrees on Opening Day and mid-70s for the off-day Tuesday, the temperature at Comerica Park was 73 degrees for Mike Maroth's first pitch Wednesday. By comparison, the Tigers played just one home game last April at temperatures above 70 degrees.

Much as Alan Trammell liked having Tuesday off to finish his income tax returns, he partly wished his team could've taken advantage of the weather and played.

"We would've loved to have played," Trammell said, "because we all know we're not out of the woods yet as far as the weather. These [days] are nice, and we'll take every one of them."

On the flip side, the Tigers schedule at least allowed them to take advantage of the sunshine Wednesday. In previous years, the Tigers have played their second game of the season at night. This year, the schedule doesn't have the first night game until Friday against Cleveland.

Beyond giving the Tigers more daylight, it allows the team to maintain a more consistent schedule for a few more days before the mixture of night and day games begins.

"I like it myself, just because we're still on a Spring Training schedule," Trammell said. "We'll ease into [the night] schedule. I like getting up early."

Cornejo ready; Sleeth, Sanchez not: Not only did Nate Cornejo progress enough during Spring Training to be able to pitch when the Minor League seasons begin this weekend, but he'll be ready to start. Muscle tightness below Kyle Sleeth's right elbow and spasms in Humberto Sanchez's right side have forced both to stay back in Lakeland for extended Spring Training, according to the Erie Times-News.

Cornejo will begin the season in Double-A Erie's rotation along with Rob Henkel, Joel Zumaya, Jeremy Johnson and Mike Bynum. The stint is technically a rehab assignment for Cornejo, who underwent surgery last summer to repair a torn labrum.

Jason Beck is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.