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YORK -- Delmon Young has been a Tiger for less than a year and a half, and with free agency looming and Victor Martinez on track to return to Detroit's DH spot, he may not be a Tiger next year.
With his solo homer Saturday in the Tigers' 6-4, 12-inning win over the Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, however, he has claimed one bit of Tigers history. He now owns the franchise career postseason home run record with six.
Young's five home runs in nine games last postseason were enough to tie Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg and Craig Monroe. Saturday's blast off Derek Lowe in the eighth inning was his fourth postseason home run against the Yankees alone.
Young can't quite explain it.
"I have no clue about that," he said, "just trying to have good at-bats and win ballgames and trying to come out with victory. And [my] fourth postseason, I have a lot of games and at-bats under my belt. Maybe just being in here a couple of years helped."
Young has faced the Yankees in each of the last four postseasons -- twice with the Twins and twice with the Tigers. He went 5-for-24 in the 2009 and 2010 Division Series combined. He's 9-for-25 against the Yankees in the last two postseason series.