Young, who was acquired from Minnesota on August 15, homered to right field off Rafael Soriano with one out in the seventh, providing the Tigers with a 5-4 victory in the pivotal Game 3 of their American League Division Series.
Verlander (1-0), the expected choice for this year's AL Cy Young Award, piled up 11 strikeouts over his 120-pitch effort. The powerful right-hander, who allowed six hits and four runs with three walks, touched triple-digits on the radar gun into the eighth inning.
CC Sabathia labored through 5 1/3 innings in the start against Verlander for the second time in four days, walking six batters and giving up seven hits and four runs.
The two aces started Friday's Game 1, but rain caused a suspension in the second inning, and both teams went with different pitchers when the contest resumed Saturday, resulting in a 9-3 New York victory. The AL Central champs came back to win the second game of this best-of-five set, 5-3, on Sunday.
The Tigers, who beat the Yankees in four games in the 2006 ALDS, have an opportunity to finish the job Tuesday at 8:37 p.m. (et), again at Comerica Park. The AL East champions will send A.J. Burnett to the mound, while Detroit goes with Rick Porcello.