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."
Young is on Major League Baseball's restricted list following a hospital check-in for intoxication, his arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated harassment, and an investigation by New York police into possible hate-crime language.
Young's placement on the restricted list is serious. It is a kind of exile for players who get paid but who can't play while their issues are being resolved.