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Martinez, Young both in Tigers lineup

Victor Martinez woke up alive Wednesday morning, rolled out of the bed and rolled back into the Tigers lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. So, apparently, did Delmon Young.

As a result, the Tigers are about as close to full strength in their lineup as they can be for what shapes up as a critical swing game in this series, which took a turn with Detroit’s win in Game 3 Tuesday night.

“It looks like Victor’s a go,” Leyland said Wednesday afternoon, “and Delmon [Young] is a question mark.”

At that point, Leyland was waiting for final word from the Tigers medical staff. Once he got it, Young was ruled in. The only change in his situation is that he’s batting fifth instead of third.

Martinez strained an intercostal muscle on his right side on his home-run swing in the fourth inning Tuesday night, which left him hobbling around the basepaths. He seemed on his way out of the lineup, having slammed his helmet and limped down the stairs into the training room as soon as he reached the dugout.

“The only way I don’t play [in Game 4],” Martinez said Tuesday night, “is if I wake up and I’m dead.”

Nobody seemed to doubt him.

“Victor Martinez is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around,” Leyland said. “I’m talking about tough. I take my hat off, and Delmon Young the same. … Players on both teams are tough, and I think they’re showing that. And I think they’re showing why they’re who they are. Big time players, they expect to be in a lineup. They know the fans want to see them in the lineup. They know it helps their team.

Even with Young back, Miguel Cabrera is staying in the third spot, with Martinez batting cleanup. That seems to be an acknowledgement of Young’s limitations with his left abdominal strain. He had been batting third in front of Cabrera while he was healthy.

If Martinez couldn’t play, Leyland said, Young could have been an option at designated hitter. However, Leyland said he wasn’t willing to do that Tuesday night when it appeared Martinez might have to leave the game. Wilson Betemit had a bat in his hands in the Tigers dugout, and would have hit for Martinez if he couldn’t go.

“You really have to sit down and think about if the guy wants to play,” Leyland said. “I appreciate that, but if his effectiveness is not good because of this, just to put him in there, maybe you’re not always doing the right thing. So that’s a little bit of a tough situation.”

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ryan Raburn, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Ramon Santiago, 2B
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Rick Porcello

YANKEES

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Michael Young, 1B
  5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  6. Mike Napoli, C
  7. Nelson Cruz, RF
  8. David Murphy, LF
  9. Yorvit Torrealba, DH

P: Matt Harrison

Oblique forces Young out of Tigers lineup

The original lineup the Tigers had released had Delmon Young in left field, batting third. Like Monday, however, that was tentative, depending on how Young felt. Shortly after that came word that Young won’t be able to play.

“It stiffened up,” Jim Leyland said of Young’s oblique. “It’s really sore today. I’m not going to go into further detail. That’s all I have for you. I’m not a doctor. He’s hurting. I respect that. If Delmon Young is not in the lineup, believe me, he’s hurting, because he loves to play. I’ll leave it at that.”

Young’s absence means Andy Dirks will get his first start of the postseason. He’s batting ninth in the new lineup. Don Kelly moves to fifth, Ramon Santiago shifts to second, everyone else moves up.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Don Kelly, 3B
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Ryan Raburn, LF
  9. Andy Dirks, RF

P: Doug Fister

ALCS Game 2: Delmon in the lineup

Jim Leyland had two lineups ready for this game.He’ll use the one that has Delmon Young in it. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Young is good to go for Game 2. Swinging is not an issue for Young, Rand said. The big question was whether he could raise his arm and throw without significant pain, and he did it during batting practice earlier today.

He has released the one that has Delmon Young in it. He’s batting third if his left oblique (the injury actually is closer to his rib cage) allows him to go. The other lineup has Andy Dirks starting in left field if Delmon can’t start.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Ryan Raburn, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Max Scherzer

RANGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Michael Young, DH
  5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  6. Mike Napoli, C
  7. Nelson Cruz, RF
  8. David Murphy, LF
  9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

P: Mitch Moreland

Tigers acquire Young from Twins

Delmon Young took the Twins bus from the team hotel in the suburbs to Comerica Park downtown, walked past the visiting clubhouse and stepped into the Tigers’ one. Some Tigers players thought he was fraternizing with the enemy. Turns out he was a new teammate.

The Tigers’ newfound search for an offensive addition led them not only within their own division, but in the same ballpark, once the trade for Young was finalized Monday. Detroit acquired the corner outfielder for Minnesota for minor-league left-hander Cole Nelson and a player to be named later. Detroit optioned second baseman Will Rhymes to Triple-A Toledo to make room.

The move adds a bat for a Tigers offense that struggled at times on their just-completed road trip. Considering that manager Jim Leyland placed Young in the third spot in the lineup, immediately in front of Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers see him as a potential key in adding some life to the batting order.

“We like Delmon’s bat,” Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday afternoon. “He’s been swinging a lot better the second half of the year, had some injury factors early in the year. As you know, he drove in 112 runs last year. He’s a guy that we fear a great deal from an offensive perspective. We think that he can give us a little lift here from an offensive part of the game as we go forward the rest of the season and help us win this thing.”

Young will be part of the Tigers’ regular outfield, manager Jim Leyland said. He played left field in place of Brennan Boesch, but will be playing alongside Boesch most days from here on out. His playing time will come mainly at the expense of Magglio Ordonez, whose August struggles left him 6-for-39 with four RBIs while still looking for extra-base power.

Young was a critical piece of the Twins’ run to the AL Central title last year, batting .298 with 46 doubles, 21 home runs and a team-high 112 RBIs last year to earn league MVP consideration. Between injuries and inconsistencies, he has struggled to duplicate that form this year, though both Young and the Tigers believe he’s closer to it now than he was earlier.

Young entered Monday batting .266 with 16 doubles, four home runs and 32 RBIs over 84 games. He has been better since the All-Star break, batting .286 with eight doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs in 29 games.

“I came back from the ankle injury [in early May] and I’ve been feeling good,” Young said. “Just being healthy is a key thing, to get on the baseball field and feel good. You guys have been around guys whohave been hurt over here. When you’re not feeling well, you try to go grind it out, and it can take a toll on your total production. I’ve been feeling good since the All-Star break, getting treatment and everything. Hopefully I can come out here and play well.”

The Tigers strongly believe he can.

“He had some injuries early, was not really swinging the bat quite as well early on,” Dombrowski said. “He hit a couple home runs in Anaheim [August 3]. Our feelings are that he’s swinging the bat better, and he’s the type of guy that really can help us in the middle of the lineup. So I do think coming over here in the middle of a pennant race, hitting in front of Miguel Cabrera tonight, has got to pick you up a little bit.”

So, too, can the chance to play with some familiar faces after a trade. Young’s older brother, Dmitri, played with Detroit from 2002-06, and the Tigers had interest in drafting the younger Young in 2003 before he went to Tampa Bay with the first overall pick — a selection the Tigers might have had that year if not for a rainout against the Twins the previous September. He was in the home clubhouse at Comerica Park in 2005 as part of the All-Star Futures Game.

More directly, Young and Boesch have been friends since childhood, and have worked out together the past few offseasons. Boesch was the first person Young looked for in the Tigers clubhouse, which hadn’t heard about the trade.

“Everyone was looking confused when I walked in the clubhouse,” Young said. “I don’t think anyone knew what happened. Me and Boesch, we go back. Since we were little kids, we trained together in the offseason, we hang out a lot. It’s always good when you go to a place where you have some friends.”

Young is eligible for arbitration this winter and could file for free agency after next season. While his role is well-defined for the stretch run, what happens with Ordonez remains to be seen. He had been batting third almost every day since coming back from a DL stint in June. Now his days in the lineup are undetermined.

Leyland said he talked with Ordonez on the phone once the trade was finalized.

“We’re not going to forget about Magglio,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I’m going to pick my spots [to play him]. It won’t be the steady playing time he’s had over his career, obviously, which was explained to him. That was addressed, so that’s pretty much where that stands.”

Nelson was a 10th-round selection in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, and went 5-11 with a 4.87 ERA for Class A Lakeland. The 6-foot-7 southpaw out of Auburn struck out 87 batters over 105 1/3 innings, but also walked 50. He’ll go to the Twins’ affiliate in the Florida State League in Fort Myers.

It’s the first trade between the two division foes since 2001, when Detroit sent then-former closer Todd Jones to Minnesota around the trade deadline for left-hander Mark Redman.

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