Royals Young gets second start after nine years

Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:23am EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Nine years between postseason starts, Kansas City righthander Chris Young will be back on the mound in the American League Championship Series on Tuesday as the Royals try to push the Toronto Blue Jays to the brink.

Leading the best-of-seven series 2-1, Royals manager Ned Yost is taking a Game Four gamble by handing the ball to Young, who has made just two starts since late July.

However, both of those outings were effective with the lanky 6ft-10in (2.08 meters) journeyman allowing a single run over 11 1/3 innings of work.

"He's got great numbers, he's always had great numbers," Yost told reporters on Monday. "He's had good success against some of these hitters.

"His height and his deception in his delivery, his competitiveness. He had a great outing against Houston in Kansas City and his last two starts were really, really good."

Young broke into the majors in 2004 and over 11 seasons has played for five different teams, never winning more than 12 games in a campaign.

This season, the 36-year-old posted a record of 11-6 in 34 appearances that included a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays in July.

He also made a relief appearance in Game One of the AL division series against Houston, giving up a run in four solid innings of work.   Continued...

Kansas City Royals pitcher Chris Young throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the third inning in game one of the ALDS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports