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Detroit News Aug 16, 2014

Tigers' David Price, Alex Avila finding their groove together

It's not quite there yet, but it's coming. Saturday was just the third time Alex Avila caught and called a game with David Price. The two seemed to be in sync, but as they walked off the field together they agreed there is room for improvement.
KFFL Aug 15, 2014

Tigers | No Alex Avila

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup Friday, Aug. 15, against ...
Bless You Boys Aug 14, 2014

Tigers 8, Pirates 4: Tigers snap four-game losing streak with offensive outburst

Buck Farmer had a solid start in his major league debut and the offense backed him up with two home runs and 12 hits to give the Tigers a much-needed win. DETROIT — A solo home run by Alex Avila gave the Tigers the beginnings of an offensive charge against the Pirates. Backed up by solid outings by the Buck Farmer, Blaine Hardy and Joba Chamberlain, the Tigers returned home to win 8-4, snapping a four-game losing streak and a prolonged hitting drought. Farmer's MLB debut wasn't perfect as he gave up four runs (all earned) including a home run, but he struck out four and allowed just six...
Rotoworld Aug 12, 2014

Avila homers and singles in a Tigers loss - Alex Avila (C) Detroit Tigers

Alex Avila finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but the Tigers fell to the Pirates 4-2 on Tuesday.
Bless You Boys Aug 7, 2014

Ranking Alex Avila against other AL catchers

A picture is worth a thousand words, which is good, because I don't want to write a thousand words So just how pathetic is Alex Avila's offense? It's actually not that bad when compared to his peers in the American League. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll spare you the extra paragraphs explaining in detail what this graphic means. However, here are a few bullet points. Out of ten AL catchers with 300 or more plate appearances: He's fourth in on-base percentage He's sixth in OPS He's fifth in wOBA (weighted on-base average) He's fifth in wRC+ (weighted runs created,...
Detroit News Aug 6, 2014

With video: Alex Avila provides Tigers yet another magical Aug. 5

1984 was, easily, the most magical year in recent Tigers memory. But it's been 8-5 — as in Aug. 5 — that's been super special in recent years.
Grand Rapids Press Aug 6, 2014
Detroit Tigers, David Price get boost from back end of bullpen, bottom of lineup

Detroit Tigers, David Price get boost from back end of bullpen, bottom of lineup

Joakim Soria and Joe Nathan threw 1-2-3 innings. Alex Avila and Andrew Romine hit home runs. David Price did not get the win in his debut for the Tigers. But the Tigers did. NEW YORK -- Everyone expected David Price to pitch well. He did. But who knew the back end of the Detroit Tigers bullpen and the bottom of the batting order would contribute so much? The bullpen combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings Tuesday night and the offense got a boost from Alex Avila and Andrew Romine in a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees that wasn't decided until the 12th...
Bless You Boys Aug 6, 2014
Tigers 4, Yankees 3 (12): Price strikes out 10 in debut as a Tiger, Avila homers in 12th

Tigers 4, Yankees 3 (12): Price strikes out 10 in debut as a Tiger, Avila homers in 12th

David Price went 8 2/3 innings and struck out 10 in his first game as a Detroit Tiger. Alex Avila drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning with a solo home run, which handed the Tigers the win over the Yankees. David Price made his first start as a member of the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night and he went 8 2/3 strong innings, allowing just three runs. The Tigers evened the series against the New York Yankees when they won 4-3 after 12 innings thanks to home runs by Alex Avila and Andrew Romine. Price may not have been at the top of his game, but that didn't stop him from going nearly nine...
Detroit News Aug 5, 2014

David Price strong in debut, Alex Avila plays hero for Tigers

Sometimes against Price, there's a home run or two mixed in — and in the 82/3 mostly-excellent innings of his Tigers' debut on Tuesday night, home runs hurt him. Not as much as a 12th inning home run by Alex Avila helped the Tigers, though.
Detroit Free Press Aug 5, 2014

Detroit 4, N.Y. 3 (12 innings): Avila's homer win its for Price, Tigers

The newest Tigers starter went nearly nine innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, good enough to get his teammates to extra innings, where Alex Avila's solo home run in the 12th lifted the Tigers to a 4-3 win.
Grand Rapids Press Aug 5, 2014
Tigers 4, Yankees 3: Alex Avila homers in 12th inning; David Price strikes out 10 in Detroit debut

Tigers 4, Yankees 3: Alex Avila homers in 12th inning; David Price strikes out 10 in Detroit debut

Price allowed three runs on eight hits in 8 2/3 innings. He struck out 10 and did not issue a walk. NEW YORK -- David Price pitched deep into the game. But he didn't finish it. Alex Avila did. Price struck out 10 in his Detroit Tigers debut Tuesday night and Avila hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 12th inning as the Tigers pulled out a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Joe Nathan pitched the bottom of the 12th and earned the save. With one out in the 12th, Avila hit a 1-0 fastball from relief pitcher Matt Daley over the wall in right field to...
Avila named AL's second-best defensive catcher in Baseball America's tools survey

Avila named AL's second-best defensive catcher in Baseball America's tools survey

Baseball America did its annual survey of big-league managers to find teh best tools in the majors, and several Tigers were ranked among the best in specific categories. [You can read the full results here.]There are some obvious results. And a surprise or two. Ian Kinsler was ranked as the third-best defensive second baseman, behind Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano.Alex Avila was ranked second in the best defensive catcher category, behind Salvador Perez.Miguel Cabrera ranks No. 1 in the best hitter category, No. 2 in best power, best strike-zone judgement (behind teammate Victor Martinez)...
Detroit Free Press Aug 3, 2014

Tigers' Avila: Adding Price to rotation is 'pretty special'

Alex Avila called it a 'privilege' to catch the Tigers' pitching staff. He said he thought that before they added a third Cy Young award winner, left-hander David Price, before the trade deadline.
Detroit News Aug 3, 2014

Brad Ausmus rewarded for keeping Alex Avila in Tigers lineup

Facing three left-handed pitchers in three days, Ausmus pondered keeping left-handed-hitting catcher Alex Avila on the bench in favor of right-handed-hitting Bryan Holaday. Avila had three hits Saturday.
Detroit News Aug 2, 2014

Behind big night from Alex Avila, Tigers score in every inning for first time since'12

Battling a 2-for-31 slump with 15 strikeouts since the All-Star break, Avila kick-started the onslaught with a single, double and two, two-out RBIs as the Tigers beat the downtrodden Rockies for the second straight night.

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