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Archive for Wednesday, May 7, 2003

American League Roundup: Young has ‘bizarre’ night at plate

Slumping Tiger has 15 total bases in Detroit’s 7-6 victory over Baltimore

May 7, 2003

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— On the most phenomenal night of his major league career, Dmitri Young did more than just go 5-for-5 with two homers, two triples and five RBIs.

He also passed up a chance to hit for the cycle and fell tantalizingly close to matching a record that Ty Cobb has held for 78 years.

Led by Young, the Detroit Tigers clinched their first series victory since August by defeating the Baltimore Orioles, 7-6, Tuesday night.

Young finished with 15 total bases, one short of the team record set by Cobb in 1925. What made Young's feat even more amazing is that he started the night hitting .190.

"It's bizarre. I cannot even fathom what went down tonight," he said. "By the time it soaks in, I have to be back out here."

The Tigers, riding a three-game winning streak for the first time since last August, will try today for their first three-game sweep on the road since May 1-3, 2001, at Texas.

Detroit (6-25) has won as many games in the past three days as it did from March 31-May 3.

"Three in a row," Young said. "I said this earlier: If I can hit, it will be a lot easier for us to win."

After the Orioles scored three unearned runs in the eighth inning to pull even, Young tripled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth after Bobby Higginson drew a one-out walk.

"Thank goodness for Dmitri," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

Young's five hits were a career high. He also singled, and would have hit for the cycle if he stopped at second on his ninth-inning hit off Buddy Groom (1-1).

"It crossed my mind, but since the game was close, my individual accomplishment took a back seat," Young said. "The run is the important thing."

Athletics 6, White Sox 0

Oakland, Calif. -- Mark Mulder pitched a five-hitter for his third straight complete game, leading Oakland over Chicago. Mulder made quick work of the struggling White Sox for his seventh career shutout, and second this season. He struck out four and walked two in a game that took just 1 hour, 49 minutes -- the fastest Oakland game since Aug. 12, 1979, at Minnesota.

Angels 6, Indians 1

Anaheim, Calif. -- Jarrod Washburn earned his first complete-game victory in the majors with a six-hitter, and Anaheim got all its runs on homers to beat Cleveland.

Twins 7, Devil Rays 3

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Jacque Jones hit a pair of solo homers and went 5-for-5 as Minnesota beat Tampa Bay for the ninth straight time. Brad Radke (3-3), pitching while appealing a five-game suspension for his role in a beanball dustup with the Devil Rays last week, scattered seven hits over seven innings.

Blue Jays 15, Rangers 5

Arlington, Texas -- Carlos Delgado hit two of Toronto's five home runs in a rout of Texas. With his 32nd career multihomer game, Delgado increased his season total to 11 homers. He's tied for the AL lead with Texas' Juan Gonzalez and Carl Everett, who hit a three-run shot.

Mariners 12, Yankees 7

Seattle -- Ichiro Suzuki matched a career high with three RBIs, and Seattle sent the Yankees to their first three-game losing streak of the season.

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