Young called on to start in left field for Game 3

Former Tiger faces Price with Cruz at DH, De Aza on bench

Young called on to start in left field for Game 3

BALTIMORE -- Delmon Young got the start in left field Sunday for the Orioles, with Nelson Cruz serving as designated hitter to keep his bat in the game.

Manager Buck Showalter said he thought about flipping the two, but he opted to give Young -- who hit the decisive bases-clearing double Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Tigers -- the spot in the field.

"Delmon has played left field as well as anybody. He's very familiar with this ballpark, a bigger left-field line than other places," Showalter said of Young, who spent two seasons with Detroit. "You have to use a double-cut here, where other parks you don't.

  Date   Matchup/Result Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 2   BAL 12, DET 3 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   BAL 7, DET 6 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   BAL 2, DET 1 video

"I don't want to -- and you don't assume anything as far as a lead or anything -- but I don't want to take Nelson out of the game late in the game if I can help it. But DHing him, I don't have to do that. He's also been doing pretty well DHing. Plus Nelson ... his personality in the dugout, his presence, top and bottom is pretty neat. This guy is very loose, but engaged. That's the least of the reasons."

Cruz is batting .500 through the first two games of the ALDS, and he hit .266 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs as the DH during the regular season. Young, who doubled in his only at-bat so far in October, played left field in 24 games this season and hit .265/.306/.456.

Alejandro De Aza, who was in the second spot and played left field in the first two games of the ALDS, was not in the lineup on Sunday. Showalter elected not to go with the left-handed-hitting De Aza against Tigers left-hander David Price.

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