The Detroit Tigers expected their offense to pick up once Dmitri Young returned. They just didn't expect it to happen so quickly.
In Young's first game back from a broken leg, the Tigers had their first five-homer day at Comerica Park, beating the Kansas City Royals, 8-4, yesterday to stop a three-game losing streak.
Eric Munson and Carlos Guillen hit two homers each, the first multihomer games of their careers. No. 9 hitter Omar Infante hit his third of the year as Detroit won for the second time in eight games.
Guillen's second homer, a line drive that took a bad hop past center fielder Carlos Beltran, 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."
Young, playing his first game since breaking his right leg April 6 in the season's second game, went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.
* DEVIL RAYS 7, TWINS 3: Fred McGriff hit his first home run of the season in a rare road win for Tampa Bay.
McGriff, making his second start for the Devil Rays since he was brought up from the minor leagues Friday, homered for the first time since last Sept. 2. The two-run drive off Seth Greisinger (3-3), the 492nd of McGriff's career, gave the Devil Rays a 2-0 lead.
Tampa Bay (4-17 on the road this season) had lost seven straight at the Metrodome since Aug. 19, 2001.
* MARINERS 6, BLUE JAYS 2: Ichiro Suzuki had three hits to give him 50 in May, and Seattle won at home.
Suzuki became the first player since Pete Rose to have two 50-plus hit months in his career. He had 51 in August 2001. Rose had 52 in July 1973 and 51 in September 1979.
Suzuki finished 3 for 4 with an RBI and closed out the month 50 for 125 (.400).