Young named ALCS MVP

DELMON YOUNG was selected MVP of the AL championship series Thursday (Friday in Manila) after batting .353 with two homers and six RBIs for the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees.

The designated hitter capped his latest clutch performance with a run-scoring single in the first inning to get the Tigers off to a good start en route to an 8-1 rout in Game 4 that put them in the World Series.

”He got hot again this year at the right time for us,” manager Jim Leyland said. ”He stepped it up under the big lights. Not that they are not bright all year, but they are a little brighter this time of year. He stepped it up two consecutive years for us. And the MVP, what a tremendous honor for him.”

Young’s name was put mostly in a bad light early in the year.

Delmon Young, the top pick in the 2003 amateur draft by Tampa Bay, was arrested nearly six months ago in New York on a hate-crime harassment charge. He was accused of yelling anti-Jewish epithets at a group of tourists, tussling with them and tackling one to the ground while the Tigers were in town to play the Yankees.

He was suspended for seven days without pay by the commissioner’s office. He appeared briefly in a Manhattan court in August for an update on the misdemeanor case and his lawyer said Young was trying to work out a deal with prosecutors.

Young has said he regrets what happened. His lawyer, Daniel J. Ollen, has said the player reacted to something that was said to him. Young is free on $5,000 bond and due back in court Nov. 7, after the World Series. Noli Cruz


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