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Grand Rapids Press Jul 28, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila gets start at first base with David Price on mound in Tampa

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila gets start at first base with David Price on mound in Tampa

The Detroit Tigers have used four different first basemen the past five games, including utility infielders Jefry Marte and Andrew Romine. Tonight, its Alex Avilas turn. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers have used four different first basemen the past five games, including utility infielders Jefry Marte and Andrew Romine. Tonight, it's Alex Avila's turn. Avila will make his sixth career start at first base and his second in the last four games as the Tigers continue their key three-game series in Tampa tonight. The Tigers will face right-hander Jake...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 25, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila to start at first base; Rajai Davis to lead off

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila to start at first base; Rajai Davis to lead off

Davis will lead off and start in center field despite the fact that the Red Sox are starting a right-hander. BOSTON -- Both Alex Avila and James McCann are in the starting lineup today. Avila will start at first base and bat seventh for the Detroit Tigers this afternoon in the second game of their series against the Boston Red Sox. McCann will catch and bat eighth. Rajai Davis will lead off and start in center field despite the fact that the Red Sox are starting right-hander Steven Wright. Detroit Tigers1. Rajai Davis, CF2. Ian Kinsler, 2B3. Yoenis Cespedes,...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 24, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila, Marc Krauss among four lefties in lineup to face Rick Porcello

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila, Marc Krauss among four lefties in lineup to face Rick Porcello

Switch hitter Victor Martinez will bat third, while Alex Avila and Marc Krauss are in the sixth and seventh spots. Anthony Gose will bat ninth. BOSTON -- The starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers will see a familiar face on the mound Friday night at Fenway Park. The Tigers have four left-handed hitters in the lineup tonight as they face former Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello in the opener of a three-game series. Switch hitter Victor Martinez will bat third, while Alex Avila and Marc Krauss are in the sixth and seventh spots. Anthony Gose will bat...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila back at first base for second straight game

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila back at first base for second straight game

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has tabbed Alex Avila as his first baseman for a second straight game as the Tigers continue their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. DETROIT -- Marc Krauss is still on paternity leave, so Alex Avila is still at first base. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has tabbed Avila as his first baseman for a second straight game as the Tigers continue their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Saturday's lineup is the same lineup Ausmus penciled Friday night. It'll mark the fourth career start at first base for Avila, who...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 17, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila to start at first base in series opener with Orioles

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila to start at first base in series opener with Orioles

Marc Krauss is on the paternity list, so Avila will start at first base and bat sixth Friday night against Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. DETROIT -- Marc Krauss is away from the team, so the Detroit Tigers needed a first baseman tonight for their series opener against the Baltimore Orioles. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is going with Alex Avila. Avila will start at first base and bat sixth Friday night against Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. James McCann will catch and bat seventh. The Tigers recalled Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo to fill the...
Lookout Landing Jul 15, 2015

Mariner catching trade targets as Mariner gifs

Be ye warned, for here there are .gifs (and derivative internet content). So first we set the morning's mood: Source: #Mariners close to trading for a catcher. @FOXSports — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 15, 2015 Catching options potentially available on trade market: Dioner Navarro, Geovany Soto, Jeff Mathis, Derek Norris, Nick Hundley, Mike McKenry — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 15, 2015 Other catching options: Alex Avila, AJ Pierzynski, Christian Bethancourt, Wilin Rosario. #Mariners — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 15, 2015 Sources: Mariners...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 12, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila, Marc Krauss in lineup for final game before All-Star break

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila, Marc Krauss in lineup for final game before All-Star break

Krauss gets another start at first base with the Twins starting another right-handed pitcher. MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Avila is back at catcher as the Detroit Tigers get set for their final game before the All-Star break. James McCann caught the game Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. Marc Krauss gets another start at first base with the Twins starting another right-handed pitcher. Kyle Gibson is starting for Minnesota. Detroit Tigers1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF3. Victor Martinez, DH4. J.D. Martinez, RF5. Alex Avila, C6. Nick Castellanos,...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 10, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Marc Krauss, Anthony Gose in lineup against right-hander Ervin Santana

Detroit Tigers lineup: Marc Krauss, Anthony Gose in lineup against right-hander Ervin Santana

Santana is making his second start for the Twins after serving an 80-game suspension to start the season. MINNEAPOLIS -- Another right-hander. Same lineup. The Detroit Tigers have Alex Avila, Marc Krauss and Anthony Gose in the lineup again Friday for the second game of their series with the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are starting right-hander Ervin Santana, who is making his second start for the Twins after serving an 80-game suspension to start the season. Detroit Tigers1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF3. Victor Martinez, DH4. J.D. Martinez,...
Bless You Boys Jul 9, 2015

Tigers' James McCann is one of the worst pitch framers in baseball

Since Alex Avila went on the disabled list, James McCann has taken on the bulk of catching duties. How has he fared behind the plate? The Detroit Tigers came into the 2015 season with a solid plan for the catcher position. Stalwart Alex Avila would handle most starts against right-handed bats, while rookie James McCann would play against left-handed starters. Between the offensive platoon and Avila's quality defense, McCann would have been expected to handle approximately 30 to 40 percent of games as the Tigers' catcher. Unfortunately, that has not worked out due to Avila's injury, and the...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 7, 2015
Seventh-inning update: Mariners 6, Tigers 5

Seventh-inning update: Mariners 6, Tigers 5

Nick Castellanos, Alex Avila and Marc Krauss homered for the Tigers, who now have seven home runs in the series. Both teams have hit three home runs. The Seattle Mariners made theirs count a bit more than Detroit did. Former Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson hit a grand slam in the third inning Tuesday night to erase an early three-run lead for the Tigers. The Mariners held a 6-5 lead, thanks to a tiebreaking solo home run by Robinson Cano, as the game headed to the seventh inning. Nick Castellanos, Alex Avila and Marc Krauss homered for the Tigers, who now have...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 6, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Andrew Romine to make second career start at first base, Alex Avila will start at catcher tonight

Detroit Tigers lineup: Andrew Romine to make second career start at first base, Alex Avila will start at catcher tonight

After starting the past two days at first base, Avila will move back behind the plate, and Andrew Romine will get the start at first base tonight in Seattle. For the fourth straight day, Alex Avila is in the Detroit Tigers' starting lineup. But this time, he's back behind the plate. After starting the past two days at first base, Avila will move back behind the plate, and Andrew Romine will get the start at first base as the Tigers open a three-game series tonight against the Seattle Mariners. Romine will make his second career start at first base as the Tigers...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 6, 2015
5 things to watch: How much time will Alex Avila see at first base? Will Detroit Tigers trade for a pitcher?

5 things to watch: How much time will Alex Avila see at first base? Will Detroit Tigers trade for a pitcher?

Alex Avila, Andrew Romine and Jefry Marte are all potential internal replacements for Cabrera. But will the Detroit Tigers try to fill the vacancy outside the organization? DETROIT -- Here are five things to watch this week regarding the Detroit Tigers: Alex Avila 1. How will the Tigers handle first base? The Tigers were dealt a serious blow Friday when Miguel Cabrera suffered a Grade 3 calf strain that will force him to miss at least six weeks. The Tigers have several candidates who can fill the first-base void with Cabrera sidelined, but they don't have a...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 5, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila back at first base for second straight game

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila back at first base for second straight game

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus mustve liked what he saw from Alex Avila at first base Saturday. Because hes putting him back out there today. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus must've liked what he saw from Alex Avila at first base Saturday. Because he's putting him back out there today. A day after making his first career start at first base, Avila is back at first as the Detroit Tigers seek a three-game series sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays. Ian Kinsler will remain atop the leadoff spot for a third consecutive day, and Yoenis Cespedes will...

VIDEO: Watch Alex Avila dive into the stands to catch a foul ball

Alex Avila has played at first base before — mostly as an underclassman in college — but very little as a professional."It’s a little different, because I hadn’t played there regularly since college. There’s a different aspect, there’s a different angle to field. You’re more used to looking at everybody," he said before Saturday's game."Obviously, there’s different fundamentals to go along with that, which I have the basics of. I’m not going to be amazing over there, by any means. I’m going to be adequate."He looked like an old pro on this play in his first career...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 4, 2015
Watch Detroit Tigers first baseman Alex Avila make tumbling catch and flip into stands

Watch Detroit Tigers first baseman Alex Avila make tumbling catch and flip into stands

Making his first career start at first base, Alex Avila made a leaping catch and tumbled into the seats down the right-field line after tracking down Russell Martins popup. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila told reporters before Saturday's game that he didn't expect to be "amazing" at first base. "I'm going to be adequate," Avila cautioned. What Avila did in the fourth inning against Toronto was anything but adequate. Making his first career start at first base, Avila made a leaping catch and tumbled into the seats down the right-field line after...

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