Yanks spark plug Young steals home vs. O's

Yanks spark plug Young steals home vs. O's

BALTIMORE -- It's anyone's guess what the future might hold for Chris Young, but he is definitely making the most of an opportunity to salvage the tail end of his season.

Young stole home plate on the back end of a double steal in the second inning against the Orioles on Saturday at Camden Yards, breaking from third base when Antoan Richardson swiped second. The play proved to be pivotal, as the Yankees held on for a 3-2 victory.

"It definitely doesn't happen every day," Young said. "Normally, they don't throw the ball when you have a guy like Antoan on first base. I was happy to do it, and that run ended up mattering."

With two outs and Jacoby Ellsbury batting against Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez, Richardson -- a 30-year-old rookie who was promoted to the big leagues primarily for his speed -- took off from first base.

Catcher Caleb Joseph threw down and Young trotted home easily with the Yankees' third run of the afternoon.

"We talk about it at third base before it even happens," Young said. "You know if he gets a good jump, most likely he's going to be safe. ... You just go for it and say if you see the catcher look like he's going to throw it, you just take a gamble, take a chance and try to steal a run. It was pretty easy for me just to walk in. The credit really goes to Antoan just to get to the bag in that situation."

"The bottom line is, if you think you have a legitimate shot at throwing him out, you've got to be fairly sure," O's manager Buck Showalter said. "Problem is, with a left-handed hitter, I don't know how good of a look you can get at him breaking. And with you playing off the line at third base, the primary lead is big of the guy at third, so you've got to be sure you can throw him out. Some teams will go, some teams won't. They did, and they picked right."

Released by the Mets after batting .205 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 88 games this season, Young has found new life with the Yanks. He has hit safely in his last six games, tying his season high, and is batting .400 (10-for-25) with three homers since switching boroughs.

"I'm having a blast," Young said. "These guys over here are amazing, and I'm getting an opportunity to play. I'm enjoying every minute of it."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.