© 2011 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

08/27/11 12:45 AM ET

Tigers skipper popular among Major Leaguers

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a recent poll, Sports Illustrated asked 291 Major League players which manager they would most like to play for. Joe Maddon of the Rays finished first, ahead of Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Tigers skipper Jim Leyland.

Each of the first eight managers on the list led their clubs to a World Series appearance, with Maddon and Reds manager Dusty Baker being the only ones to not have won a World Series title. The first manager on the list without a World Series appearance was Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who ranked ninth.

When asked about the poll on Friday, Leyland -- who finished ahead of Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Baker to round out the top five -- shrugged it off while searching for a one-liner.

"Well, they didn't poll my guys," Leyland joked. "I can tell you that."

Young makes most of return to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Delmon Young continued to hit his former team hard on Friday night as the Tigers cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Twins at Target Field.

Returning to Minnesota for the first time since being traded to the Tigers on Aug. 15, Young went 3-for-5 with three RBI singles.

"We're just very pleased with Delmon," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We're fortunate because he fit right in with our guys.

"He's a good guy, a good player and he's really kind of what the doctor ordered for us in that three-hole at this time."

Young was in his fourth season with the Twins this year before being dealt to Detroit. He batted .287 with 47 home runs, 273 RBIs and a .753 OPS during his time in Minnesota.

Still, the 25-year-old former No. 1 overall Draft pick downplayed the importance of playing well against his former team when asked about it before the game.

"I just did it last week," Young said. "I'm just trying to help my team win games.

"It's just another day at work. I'm looking to help the club win the series."

In the first game after the trade, Young went 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Over four games against his former club, Young is batting .444 (8-for-18) with five RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

Since the trade -- and facing the Twins on his first night in a Tigers uniform -- Young has swung the bat well while starting every game in left field and batting third in the order. Young is hitting .313 (15-for-48) with two homers, two doubles and nine RBIs in 11 games with the Tigers.

"Well, I liked him before he came over. I like him better now," Leyland said. "He's a very talented player, a professional player. He goes about his business, works his [butt] off. He's a force in our lineup. It was a great addition for us."

Tigers players staying in a family way

MINNEAPOLIS -- As first baseman Miguel Cabrera returned to the Tigers after missing Thursday's game on paternity leave, utility man Don Kelly was away from the club on Friday for the same reason.

Cabrera was with his wife, Rosangel, who gave birth to the couple's third child, a son, Christopher Alexander, on Thursday. In the visitor's clubhouse on Friday afternoon, Cabrera handed out celebratory cigars to each of his teammates.

Kelly's wife, Carrie, gave birth Friday morning to a boy, their second child.

"We're adding a lot of new Tigers here lately," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said with a laugh.

To replace Kelly, the Tigers called up infielder Danny Worth from Triple-A Toledo. Worth joined the club Friday afternoon in Minnesota.

Leyland said he did not expect Kelly to miss much time, though.

"Knowing Donnie, if everything's all right, he's probably on his way back," Leyland said. "I'm just kidding, but it wouldn't surprise me."

Leyland hoping to get Guillen back soon

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland said on Friday that he hoped to get Carlos Guillen back by Sept. 1.

Guillen, who has played just 22 games this season, has been sidelined since Aug. 14 with a sore left wrist.

"I have no idea," Leyland said of when Guillen would be back. "I'm hoping Sept. 1. I'm hoping he can go out and play [in rehab games] a little bit before that, maybe. And then be activated Sept. 1, I hope."

Leyland reaches out to son in wake of Irene

MINNEAPOLIS -- Like any father would, Tigers manager Jim Leyland called his son to talk about Hurricane Irene, which is headed Patrick Leyland's way this weekend in Connecticut.

Patrick is a catcher for Class A Connecticut, and they were scheduled for home games against Vermont on Friday and Saturday before heading to Vermont on Sunday.

The current path of the storm is expected to take it right through Connecticut, though it would likely be downgraded to a tropical storm at that point. The games between Connecticut and Vermont are among many along the East Coast that could be impacted by the storm.

"I was worried about him, so I called him to make sure," Leyland said. "Of course you know how dads are, they don't know anything. I told him, 'Just be careful.' With trees down and power lines down, you've got to watch yourself. It doesn't look too good."

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.