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Tigers Better Off Without Troubled Young

Louis Lanzano/AP

It seemed Friday as if the Tigers had been smothered by Delmon Young's arrest at the team hotel in Manhattan.

A tomb-quiet clubhouse. A manager and players on edge. A front-office boss nowhere to be seen. A fifth straight defeat.

This wasn't how the baseball season in Detroit was supposed to unfurl.

By the time Drew Smyly and the Tigers had beaten the Yankees, 7-5, early Saturday evening in the Bronx, it was as if the Young crisis was another team's issue.

"I don't get many calls at 3:30 or 4 in the morning," Dave Dombrowski said Saturday, as he sat in the Tigers dugout, speaking with a media crowd about Friday morning's news bulletin and his arrival at Young's room, where Young was "not in a very good state as far as sobriety."

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