Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland wants better defense out of left field, which is why he's been playing Delmon Young at designated hitter for the past month or so. However, he's also looking for production. When Andy Dirks gets back from the sore right Achilles tendon that has him on the disabled list, Leyland intends to slide Young into left field once or twice a week and have Dirks and maybe right fielder Brennan Boesch be his designated hitter. "I think he'd do better," Leyland said of Young. "I talked to him a little bit about that, DH maybe four or five times a week but play the outfield a couple just to break it up for him. I think would help." Last week, Leyland cited statistics he had drudged up that showed Young hitting .308 when he played left and .204 as a designated hitter. "His extra-base hits and run production (in left and as the DH) were about the same," Leyland said. Young expressed great distaste for DHing during spring training. He played left three ti...
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