Chris Young’s option declined by Padres

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Confirming something GM Jed Hoyer admitted was coming a month ago, the Padres on Wednesday declined Chris Young’s $8.5 million option for 2011.

After missing five months with a shoulder injury, Young returned in September to post a 1.49 ERA in three starts, and he surely would have been a part of San Diego’s postseason rotation had the team not faltered down the stretch.  Still, it was an easy call not to commit $8.5 million to someone who had thrown a total of 198 1/3 innings over the last three seasons.

Young’s extreme flyball tendencies make him the perfect Petco Park pitcher, so it could be in his best interests to stay with the Padres on a cheap one-year deal, even if he could earn an extra couple of million dollars elsewhere.  It’d likely pay off next winter if he were able to stay healthy and make 30 starts for the first time since 2007.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.