Young excited to be a Dodger
AS A kid, Michael Young's favorite player was Don Mattingly.
Certainly flattering to hear, but the Los Angeles Dodgers manager joked it's not going to earn the newly acquired Young any additional playing time.
"We'll see what he says once the season is over," Mattingly said before a game against the Colorado Rockies yesterday in Denver.
Late Saturday, Young waived his no-trade clause to move from the Phillies to the Dodgers, one of the hottest team in baseball. He knows his playing time will diminish, but a chance to play for a pennant contender was just too alluring to pass up. Young was in uniform yesterday, but not in the starting lineup 2 days after being acquired from the Phillies for a minor league pitcher.
"Without being disrespectful to Philly - Philly is a great place to play - . . . but yeah, it was a no-brainer decision for me," Young said. "I couldn't wait to get here and get suited up and be a part of the team."
Mattingly expects Young to possibly start tonight and probably at third base, a position he mostly played with the Phillies this season.
Young arrived at Coors Field early yesterday, shaking hands with his new teammates. What will take some getting used to may be going from an everyday player to more of a spot starter.
"My role is winning player for the Dodgers," Young said.
Young struck out as a pinch-hitter in the Dodgers' 10-8 victory. Clayton Kershaw (14-8) got the win despite a subpar start, and Yasiel Puig left the game with a strained right knee and is day-to-day.
In other NL games
* At Milwaukee, Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings and Pittsburgh beat the Brewers, 5-2, to retake the NL Central lead . . . At Cincinnati, Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto homered as the Reds roughed up Adam Wainwright for the second start in a row and beat St. Louis, 7-2 . . . At Atlanta, Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and tied a career high with five RBI, powering the Braves past the New York Mets, 13-5 . . . At San Diego, Ian Kennedy beat an NL West opponent for the first time in 12 starts this season, pitching the Padres past the San Francisco Giants, 4-1 . . . At Chicago, Henderson Alvarez hit his first career home run and pitched six innings before exiting with a hamstring injury, and the Miami Marlins beat the Cubs, 4-3.
In AL games
* At Oakland, Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth that was confirmed by a video review, and the Athletics pulled into a first-place tie with Texas atop the AL West by beating the Rangers, 4-2 . . . At Boston, Doug Fister rebounded from a miserable start with seven sharp innings, helping Detroit beat the Red Sox, 3-0, in a matchup of teams with the AL's best records . . . At Cleveland, Bud Norris stayed unbeaten as a starter with Baltimore and Nate McLouth homered and had three RBI in a 7-2 win over the Indians . . . At New York, Derek Jeter ended a slump with two hits and two RBI and the Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-1, in a game interrupted for nearly 2 hours by rain . . . At Kansas City, Will Smith had a career-high eight strikeouts in a dominant relief performance, helping the Royals beat Seattle, 3-1 . . . At Houston, rookie Chris Colabello homered twice for Minnesota, including a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning of a 10-6 win over the Astros.
In interleague play
* Esmil Rogers pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball and Edwin Encarnacion hit his 35th home run to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over Arizona, 4-1.