<
>

Michael Young's one hit is a big one

DETROIT -- Michael Young doesn't make much of streaks or slumps. But even he couldn't escape the magnitude of his sixth-inning, two-out line drive that pushed the go-ahead run across the plate.

With his batting average threatening to dip below .100, Young collected just his fourth hit of the playoffs and his first RBI in eight games. When he arrived at second base after the throw went home far too late to have a chance to get Elvis Andrus, Young pumped his fist and seemed to nod his head.

It wouldn't turn out to be the game-winner, but it landed the pressure back on the Tigers.

"Every knock is big at this point, especially when you're scoring runs," Young said. "I wasn't the only one. Every time guys got big knocks they were getting fired up, and that's the fun part about playing in the postseason."

While fans were clamoring for Rangers manager Ron Washington to slide Young out of the cleanup spot he's maintained ever since Adrian Beltre strained his hamstring and went to the disabled list in late July, the manager calmly maintained that he wouldn't do it.

The hit was only his second of the ALCS and Young's average is .118, more than .200 points below his regular-season average. But he'll take this one -- part of a three-run inning that changed the complexion of the game -- and move on.

"We needed that big inning. We were able to get a one-run lead out of that," Young said. "It gave us a little bit of momentum, so that was nice a moment for us."