Saturday, March 3, 2012

Young Earns a Spot; Wood Coughs Up Lead

Dmitri Young has a big league job again. Kerry Wood is no sure thing. After a tumultuous 2006 marked by off-the-field problems, Young found out Sunday he'll be the starting first baseman for the Washington Nationals on opening day because his chief remaining competition, Travis Lee, asked to be released.

"I was at the bottom of the mountain, the bottom of Mount Everest, and I climbed my way up, one day at a time, knowing that I had to work," Young said in Kissimmee, Fla. "I did everything it would take to earn it."

Two months ago, Young was pondering retirement. A week ago, he was stuck in Washington's minor league camp, trying to prove his personal demons are in the past …

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