Young’s latest big hit was a sixth-inning single as part of a five-run rally in the Baltimore Orioles’ 7-5 win on Wednesday night.
Young went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI and ended up going 4-for-6 in the series. That raised his batting average against the Yankees to .310 in 239 regular-season at-bats against them. The only AL team that he hits better against is the Chicago White Sox (.333 in 327 at-bats).
The Yankees tried to get Young out with offspeed pitches, but they couldn’t finish him off. All four of his hits came against those pitches, but it's no surprise the Yankees refused to give him fastballs. In the previous six seasons, Young had a .410 batting average in at-bats ending with a fastball from a Yankees pitcher.
Young previously helped knock the Yankees out of the postseason twice as a member of the Detroit Tigers. In 2011, he hit .316 with three home runs in five games as the Tigers edged the Yankees in the American League Division Series. The next year he was the MVP of the AL Championship Series against the Yankees, hitting .353 with two home runs and six RBIs.
His primary function this season is in a platoon role, as he was last night when he replaced starting DH Travis Snider, once the Yankees went to a left-hander. Young still has a solid bat. He’s one of 23 players hitting at least .300 since the start of last season (minimum 250 plate appearances).
A couple of Young’s struggling teammates had big games as well. Chris Davis had more RBIs on Wednesday (3) than he had in his first seven games this season (2). Manny Machado homered for the first time since last Aug. 8. He entered the day 4-for-27 this season.