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Apr 19, 2014
Rotoworld
It's just a routine day of rest for Avila being a day game after a night game.
Grand Rapids Press 21 hours ago
Alex Avila gets green light to swing on 3-0 count in 9th inning, comes up short in Detroit Tigers' loss

Alex Avila gets green light to swing on 3-0 count in 9th inning, comes up short in Detroit Tigers' loss

With the game-tying run in scoring position, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave Alex Avila the green light to swing away on a 3-0 count with two outs in the ninth inning.   Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila bats during the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox in Detroit on Wednesday. Avila lined out to Chicago's Jose Abreu to end the game.AP Photo  DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has really liked the way Alex Avila has been swinging the bat as of late. So much so that Ausmus wanted to give Avila a chance to win the game with one swing of the bat Wednesday...
Bless You Boys 22 hours ago

Was swinging at a 3-0 pitch the right move by Alex Avila?

Alex Avila has been hitting well this homestand and hit a seed at Jose Abreu, but his lineout ended the game with the tying runs on base. With two runners in scoring position and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Avila had a chance to be the hero tonight. Three pitches into his at-bat, Avila had worked a 3-0 count. We all know what happened next: Avila swung at a belt-high fastball and lined out to White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. Should he have swung? The Pros: Avila hit the ball hard. If Abreu isn't standing right there, it's a double into the right field corner that ties the...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 23, 2014
Detroit Tigers get good swings, positive results from Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila in win over White Sox

Detroit Tigers get good swings, positive results from Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila in win over White Sox

On Monday, Cabrera and Avila might have deserved better, but the Tigers suffered a 3-1 loss. A day later, Cabrera and Avila fared better. So did the Tigers. Thats certainly not a coincidence. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus congratulates Alex Avila on Tuesday after Avila scored in the fifth inning.AP Photo DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila hit the ball well Monday night and had nothing to show for it. But fans of the Detroit Tigers fans are more interested in results, especially when it comes to Avila. So those same fans had to be encouraged by what...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 22, 2014
Tigers 8, White Sox 6: Miguel Cabrera hits home run, knocks in three runs for Detroit

Tigers 8, White Sox 6: Miguel Cabrera hits home run, knocks in three runs for Detroit

Cabrera and Alex Avila had been struggling, but each of them had three hits Tuesday night for the Tigers. DETROIT -- Are Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila out of their slumps? For one night, at least, they were. Cabrera hit a two-run home run and knocked in three runs Tuesday night and Alex Avila finished with three hits as the Detroit Tigers earned an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Miguel Cabrera Cabrera doubled home a run in the first inning, then hit a two-run home run as the Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in a five-run third inning. The Tigers...
Detroit News Apr 21, 2014

Lynn Henning: Tigers still back slumping backstop Alex Avila, but time is running short

This is one gruesome slump Avila was trying to subdue Monday. It has had him all but straitjacketed during a frightful April stretch of swings and misses. His hitting had devolved to a point where the Tigers catcher's at-bats have been as tortured for fans as they plainly have been for a 27-year-old, left-handed hitter who has been fighting nearly every pitch.
Rotoworld Apr 19, 2014

Alex Avila not in Tigers lineup on Saturday - Alex Avila (C) Detroit Tigers

It's just a routine day of rest for Avila being a day game after a night game.
Grand Rapids Press Apr 17, 2014
Analysis: Detroit Tigers will not reach potential offensively until Alex Avila reaches his

Analysis: Detroit Tigers will not reach potential offensively until Alex Avila reaches his

The Tigers dont have any obvious alternatives at the catching position. Victor Martinez is not an everyday alternative. Bryan Holaday is not going to hit much. James McCann is off to a great start, but his career numbers in the minors look more like Ramon Santiagos than Avilas. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have a starting lineup that is predominantly right-handed. Most opposing starting pitchers are right-handed. That combination makes it even more important that the Tigers get production from their left-handed hitters. That means players like Alex Avila. Avila...
Detroit News Apr 16, 2014

Slumping Tigers catcher Alex Avila perks up with a couple of hits

Not that the Tigers catcher was taking much solace in his fine night at the plate Wednesday, after a disturbingly slow start with the bat.
Grand Rapids Press Apr 16, 2014
Live updates: Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians (chat)

Live updates: Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians (chat)

The Tigers suffer their fifth loss in seven games after Alex Avila, who served as the game-tying run, was stranded on third after reaching third with one out in the ninth inning.   FINAL: Indians 3, Tigers 2 UPDATE: Indians 3, Tigers 2: Anibal Sanchez struggles early; Detroit's bats quiet in loss to Cleveland Ninth inning: Game. Set. Match. The Tigers suffer their fifth loss in seven games after Alex Avila is stranded on third after reaching third with one out. Indians closer John Axford struck out pinch-hitter Don Kelly and got Rajai Davis to ground out to...
Bless You Boys Apr 16, 2014

How to get Alex Avila out: an explanation of why our catcher can't hit

Alex Avila was yesterday's topic du jour at BYB. Today, we're expanding on his offensive struggles. Many fans were hopeful that 2014 would be another breakout season for Alex Avila. A hot second half in 2013 and a strong spring led many to believe that his struggles in 2012 and the first half of 2013 were gone, but 14 strikeouts in his first 28 plate appearances this season is not the start Avila was looking for. Yes, it has only been 10 games. That is not the point. One thing Avila garners praise for at the plate is his excellent plate discipline. He has walked in 12.7% of all plate...
Bless You Boys Apr 15, 2014

Alex Avila: Tigers catcher of the future?

Remember when "Praise Avila" was a thing? The time has come to address a very difficult situation. This is going to be a hard question to hear, and honestly, it is going to be hard to ask, so I will just come right out with it. Is Alex Avila the Detroit Tigers catcher of the future? Or possibly more to the point, is the catcher of the future even in the Tigers organization? Full disclosure, Avila is my second favorite player in all of Major League Baseball, so I have a very hard time speaking ill of him without wanting to apologize out loud afterward. I will do my best to remain as unbiased...
Detroit News Apr 8, 2014

Tigers Mailbag: Readers worried about Alex Avila's decline, bullpen debacle

For the first time in what seems like forever, Avila is completely healthy — yet, again is off to a seriously sluggish start at the plate.
Grand Rapids Press Mar 28, 2014
Tigers 6, Rays 3: Alex Avila homers, four Tigers relievers pitch well in final game in Lakeland

Tigers 6, Rays 3: Alex Avila homers, four Tigers relievers pitch well in final game in Lakeland

Phil Coke has pitched especially well of late. His pitching line for his most recent seven appearances: 7.1IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 9SO. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Starting with relief pitchers would be an odd strategy in the regular season. But Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus went that route in the team's final Grapefruit League game in Florida this year. Four Tiger relievers combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings to start the game Friday afternoon and Alex Avila homered in a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Joba Chamberlain, Ian Krol and Al Alburquerque and Phil...

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