Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 9/5/12
DETROIT -- Apparently the discussion over Tuesday night's lineup was not finished. There was some question as to whether manager Jim Leyland told radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Dickerson that Delmon Young -- who's 3-for-20 against Cleveland's starter Tuesday, Justin Masterson -- asked to sit out the game. Here's what Leyland told Dickerson: "Hes real nasty on right-hand pitching (meant hitting). A lot of people say, Well Delmons really hot. Youre crazy; you gotta play him. Well Delmon doesnt really want to face Masterson because of the way he runs that ball in on him. Hes tough on him. "And Ill tell you what: I like it when a player is honest about stuff like that, says Hey, I struggle with a guy like that. Thats when you do pick your day, as Ive talked about my whole career here, to play somebody else. "Donnie Kelly is like 5-for-16 or 5-for-15 off him. This has been set up for four or five days. Get Prince (Fielder) off his feet for a day. This is the day hes going to DH. Delmons not there to DH. Prince is going to take that spot over today, going to play Donnie Kelly at first base. "Thats all the stuff that goes in when people talk about lineups constantly." Some interpreted what Leyland said as meaning that Young asked not to face Masterson. Leyland clarified the situation before Wednesday's game. "Managerial decision," Leyland said. "I would say it was a mutual decision, but I don't want to make it sound like Delmon didn't want to play." Leyland also addressed the argument of whether you should rest someone who is so hot at the plate. "Delmon Young is swinging so good right now," Leyland said. "You get a guy that he struggles against, like Masterson, it might put him in a slump for three or four days." For the most part, Leyland said he didn;t mind people debating the lineup. "I think sometimes when people question the lineup, I think it makes sense, I think their question is legitimate," Leyland said. "But sometimes it doesn't make sense. "After a while you get sensitive to that because you get tired of explaining silly (stuff)." Young was back in the lineup Wednesday, batting fifth as the designated hitter against Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez. Tigers pass 3 million For the third time in the last six seasons, the Tigers have passed the 3-million mark in tickets sold. Through Wednesday, advance sales for the 2012 season reached 3,000,744 tickets sold. In 2008, the Tiger set a team record with 3,202,645 tickets sold. There have been 31 sellouts so far this season, the second-highest in team history. "On behalf of the entire Detroit Tigers organization, we thank the fans for coming out to Comerica Park this season and for their passionate support," Tigers executive vice president of business operations Duane McLean said in a statement. "Reaching three million tickets sold is a testament to Tigers fans and their loyalty to the team, and their love for the game. Tigers fans are truly the best in baseball." The Tigers plan to randomly select one fan during the final home stand to represent all Tigers fans as the "Three Millionth Fan." That person will receive two 27-game season tickets for 2013, upgraded tickets for the game, a chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and a gift basket of Tigers items.
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