SEATTLE -- The Tigers began the season without a full-time designated hitter, then tried and failed with Brad Eldred there for their last road series at Yankee Stadium. They're not calling Delmon Young their DH, but that's where he has played ever since he returned to the starting lineup last Saturday.
Tuesday marked Young's fourth consecutive start at DH. He's expected to get a fifth straight nod on Wednesday night against Mariners lefty Jason Vargas. Ryan Raburn is expected to start in left field, with Danny Worth getting the start at second base.
Young went 1-for-11 with a walk and a strikeout in his first three games back.
"I've got to get him hitting," manager Jim Leyland said of Young before Tuesday's game, "but I think it's a better all-around spot for the entire team. We just think, overall, it makes us a better club, but we've got to get him hitting."
Young said when asked about getting his timing back at the plate that he's just trying to help the team win games.