Delmon Young hit 12 home runs this season: four with the Twins, then eight with the Tigers after joining the club in the middle of August.
Of those 12 home runs, exactly zero were hit to the opposite field. Delmon Young is a pull-hitter, and so he hits his home runs over the left-field fence. Not the center-field fence. The left-field fence. This year, anyway.
Until tonight, that is. With two outs in the top of the first inning -- oh, and why is Young batting third in the lineup, Jim Leyland? -- Young got a fastball roughly in the middle of the strike zone from CC Sabathia and sliced it into the second row of seats, just beyond the right-field fence.
You know, just in case Friday's first game wasn't enough to question your ability to predict the baseball future.
Young's home run was a solo shot, and Sabathia retired Miguel Cabrera on a ground ball to end the inning.
Tigers 1, Yankees 0 after the top of the first inning.