DETROIT -- Around this time last year, newly acquired Tiger Delmon Young was embarking on the late-season run that helped Detroit win its first division title since 1987, with 32 RBIs in 40 games.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland believes Young can play a big part again, enough that he's going to give the right-handed hitter every chance to do it.
"I would say it's safe to say Delmon's going to be in there for the most part every single day," Leyland said.
That's a bit of a change from last homestand, when Leyland said upon Andy Dirks' return that he would be trying to fit in six outfielders to four spots -- including DH -- and that some might not be playing every day. Yet other than a game off against the Yankees, Young has played pretty much every day for the past two weeks.
Saturday marked Young's 13th start in Detroit's last 14 games. He's batting .300 (12-for-40) with four doubles, a home run and five RBIs over his last 10 games.
The Tigers have a string of five consecutive games against left-handed starters beginning Saturday, anyway, so Young was going to be playing regularly for the near term regardless.