SEATTLE -- At-bats have been tough to come by for Delmon Young recently. Starts have been even more rare.
But over the past few days, Young had campaigned for manager Buck Showalter to start him in Thursday night’s series opener against Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
“I had already faced him,” Young said. “I had good numbers [against him]. They say I only play with [good] numbers, so if I didn’t play today, I knew something was wrong.”
Showalter wanted to get all of his bench players a start at some point during the team’s 10-game, West Coast road trip, and Young was the last player to make a start in that span.
Showalter placed Young in...