Young, playing his first game since breaking his right leg April 6, went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in Detroit’s 8-4 win in the series opener Monday. The Tigers scored over four runs for just the third time in their last eight games.
The Tigers also had their first five-homer game at Comerica Park.
“I was battling the nerves a little, but that’s expected,” Young said. “Once you get out there, though, you just think about winning. Now that I’m back out there, it’s going to be a fun summer.”
Last season, Young finished with 29 homers and 85 RBIs, and was the only real offensive threat on the 43-119 Tigers.
“It was awesome,” said Eric Munson, who had his first career two-homer game. “It was great to have him back. You know how Dmitri is. He’s loud and he likes to have fun.”
Carlos Guillen also homered twice as the Tigers won for just the second time in eight games and ended a three-game losing streak. Guillen’s second homer came on a line drive that took a bad hop past center fielder Carlos Beltran and became the third inside-the-park homer in the ballpark’s five-year history.
“I’ve been working on that bounce in batting practice,” Guillen joked. “I’m going to try to do it again tomorrow.”
The Tigers have feasted on Kansas City pitching in their last two meetings, scoring 25 runs. In a 17-7 win last Thursday, the Tigers matched a franchise record with 27 hits.
The Royals have dropped consecutive games after winning four of five. Darrell May fell to 1-3 in his last four starts Monday, giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings.
“It seemed like they knew exactly what was coming,” said May, who beat the Tigers in his previous start. “I got in trouble last time, but I got out of it. This time, every time I made a mistake, they just crushed it.