Young working hard in preparation for season

Young working hard in preparation for season

SARASOTA, Fla. -- One of the first Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium complex every morning is outfielder Delmon Young, who arrives around 6 a.m. ET to get in a workout before the sun comes up.

"I've been doing this since 2004 [as a Devil Ray] with Carl Crawford. It's just something I've always done," Young said of his early-morning habits. "He was the leader of the team when I first showed up at big league camp, so I followed him around everywhere. He would show up early, so I'd show up early."

The work is paying off, as Young hit his second homer in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays, pushing his spring average to .286 (10-for-35). He has seen plenty of time in the outfield, though he pointed out he hasn't gotten a lot of balls hit his way.

Still, much has changed in the past year for Young, who was a non-roster guy last spring trying to make the team.

After batting .302/.337/.442 in 83 games in 2014, Young re-signed with Baltimore in the offseason and is expected to have a much bigger role this season.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.