Young registers three hits in return to lineup

Young registers three hits in return to lineup

Young registers three hits in return to lineup
DETROIT -- Michael Young was back in the lineup on Thursday after missing a game with stiffness in his lower back and looked fresh with a 3-for-5 night.

"It's much better," Young said. "My range of motion is completely back. Going off my previous history with these injuries, I knew it would be fine in a day or two."

Young started at designated hitter as manager Ron Washington loaded his lineup with right-handed hitters against Tigers left-hander Adam Wilk. That meant Craig Gentry in center field, Mike Napoli at first base and Yorvit Torrealba behind the plate. Josh Hamilton was the only left-handed hitter in the starting lineup.

"This kid throws a lot of different pitches, a lot of offspeed stuff and cross-firing," Washington said. "I decided to put as many right-handers in the lineup as I can."

Torrealba was behind the plate for the first time with Yu Darvish on the mound and Napoli was at first base. Napoli, going into Thursday, was 7-for-13 with four home runs and nine RBIs in his last three games after starting the season 2-for-20. Napoli stayed hot, registering two hits, one of which was a second-inning solo home run.

"I'm going to keep Mike in the lineup," Washington said. "I said in Minnesota I'm going to get Mike as many at-bats as I can. He is one of the guys we expect to carry us, so we've got to let him swing his way out of his problems."

Torrealba's start on Thursday was his seventh in 13 games behind the plate. Napoli has started six while Thursday was his fifth at first base.

"They're both doing a good job," Washington said. "I'm trying to keep everybody engaged, not just those two. Everybody."