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Royals confident Young can keep ball in park

TORONTO — Chris Young gives up fly balls.

The Rogers Centre is a park that gives up a lot of homers.

The Toronto Blue Jays hit a lot of home runs, including three in Game 3 in their 11-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

Even so, Royals manager Ned Yost feels that the right-hander is a good choice to pitch Game 4 against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

“He’s had good success against some of those hitters,” Yost said. “His height and his deception in his delivery, his competitiveness. He had a great outing against Houston, and his last two starts (of the regular season) were really, really good. He’s a good choice for us.”

It will be Young’s first postseason start in 2015, but he had a seven-strikeout effort over four innings in relief against the Houston Astros in the AL Division Series.

The fly-ball aspect does not concern Yost.

“If he’s got the fastball and the slider going, he will be very, very tough,” the manager said. “Again, every pitcher has to execute.”

Young said, “You have to make good pitches, no matter where you are. I’ve bad games in pitchers’ parks and good games in hitters’ parks. The challenge is to make good pitches, execute pitches, choose the right pitches. If you do that, more often than not, you’re going to have success no matter where you are.”

It is nine years since Young started in the postseason and beat the St. Louis Cardinals when he was with the San Diego Padres.

He thought at that time there would be more postseason opportunities than there have been.

“Certainly, there’s an appreciation for this,” he said. “I’m cherishing it.”