Delmon Young hitting a home run in the top of...

Delmon Young hitting a home run in the top of the first inning against the New York Yankees. (Oct. 6, 2011) Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Delmon Young, who left ALDS Game 5 against the Yankees with a strained left oblique Thursday night, took batting practice here Friday and came out of the session feeling as if he'd be a go for the ALCS.

He was wrong.

Young, who hit three homers in the ALDS, including a seventh-inning blast off Rafael Soriano that was the difference in Game 3 and a first-inning shot off Ivan Nova in Game 5, was left off the Tigers' 25-man ALCS roster.

"He was swinging pretty good," Jim Leyland said of Young, who was replaced by infielder Danny Worth. "It stiffened up on him. We had an MRI. Doesn't show anything real significant . . . I've never seen an oblique all right in a day or two."

Ryan Raburn started in place of Young in left. Leyland shrugged when asked about the impact of losing a player who went 6-for-19 in the ALDS. "Without putting pressure on anybody, [Brandon] Inge and Raburn and guys like that are going to be very important this series,'' he said.

 

Rotation change

Leyland announced Friday that Rick Porcello would start Game 2, but on Saturday he switched to Max Scherzer, who told his manager he was fine after pitching 11/3 innings against the Yankees in Game 5. "I know I can be 100 percent on Sunday," said Scherzer, who beat the Yankees in ALDS Game 2. "I just wanted to convey that to him."

 

Off the Cliff

Rangers Game 2 starter Derek Holland politely, though tersely, seemed to take offense to a question about how different the pitching staff was this year without Cliff Lee, a midseason pickup in 2010.

"We were still a pretty good ballclub before Cliff got here," Holland said. "Cliff was a good help . . . he taught us a few things. At the same time, he wasn't here from the beginning. So people have to realize we did stuff on our own before Cliff got here."

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