DETROIT - It took an injury to Magglio Ordonez to get Delmon Young on to the Detroit Tigers roster for their series against the Texas Rangers.
And despite playing injured through the series, Young paid big dividends for the Tigers Thursday.
Young hit two home runs in the Tigers’ 7-5 win over the Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. They were his fourth and fifth home runs of the post-season, tying a franchise record set by Craig Monroe.
The Tigers now go back to Texas trailing the Rangers 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
Young sat out Game 3 with an injury and hobbled around the field in Game 4 not really being able to run or throw because of an oblique muscle injury. He looked like he felt better Thursday.
“It goes in and out,” he said. “Sometimes it feels worse. It depends on what I actually did during the day to aggravate it or make it better.
“This is my first game playing back-to-back, so I didn’t lose my rhythm.”
The Tigers were in need of some extra offence and made a trade with the Twins the middle of August. Young helped them through the stretch run.
He said he didn’t find it particularly remarkable that at one time he was off the post-season roster and now finds himself a key participant in Game 5.
“It was just the way the post-season rules are set up,” he said. “... It took me a while to get going. But I was glad to get going when we needed it.”