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Grand Rapids Press Mar 28, 2015
Tigers 4, Cardinals 3: Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila hit home runs; Shane Greene strikes out six

Tigers 4, Cardinals 3: Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila hit home runs; Shane Greene strikes out six

Cabrera gave the Tigers a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning when he hit a fly ball to right field off Cardinals starter Lance Lynn that just kept going. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera picked up Saturday right where he left off two days earlier. Cabrera homered for the second consecutive game Saturday afternoon in a 4-3 win over St. Louis Cardinals. Alex Avila also homered for the Tigers and Shane Greene pitched well except for one stretch in the third inning. Five consecutive batters reached base -- two on walks and one on an error -- as the Cardinals...
Bless You Boys Mar 27, 2015

Spring Training GameThread: Tigers at Blue Jays

Alex Avila starts at first base as Justin Verlander faces the Blue Jays' lineup on the road. Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Florida Auto Exchange Stadium SB Nation blog: Bluebird Banter Media: RSN-Sportsnet, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup: RHP Justin Verlander (15-12, 4.54 ERA in 2014) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (11-13, 4.48 ERA in 2014) Also scheduled to pitch: Ian Krol, Bruce Rondon, Kyle Ryan Tigers lineup: Anthony Gose, CF Alex Avila, 1B J.D. Martinez, RF Tyler Collins, LF Nick Castellanos, 3B Jason Krizan, DH James McCann, C Hernan Perez,...
Bless You Boys Mar 27, 2015

Detroit Tigers player preview: Can Alex Avila remain healthy in 2015?

Coming off an injury-hampered 2014 season, can Alex Avila remain healthy and bounce back to his career norms in 2015? Alex Avila is a 28-year-old veteran catcher entering his seventh year in MLB with the Detroit Tigers. Although widely considered one of the best backstops currently playing the game, Avila has struggled with multiple health issues. With free agency entering the equation after the 2015 season, Avila will need to remain healthy regardless of whether he remains with Detroit or pursues other options. Recently, Avila made changes that would hopefully reduce the impact of foul...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 24, 2015
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Miguel Cabrera back in lineup as DH; night game to air on MLB Network

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Miguel Cabrera back in lineup as DH; night game to air on MLB Network

Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup for the second time this spring. Cabrera, who made his spring debut Sunday, has been tabbed the designated hitter once again. Who: Detroit Tigers (7-14-2) at New York Yankees (12-9-1) Where: George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. First pitch: 7:05 p.m. Television: MLB Network Radio: WXYT 1270 Twitter: Follow James Schmehl STARTING LINEUPS Detroit Tigers 1. Anthony Gose, CF 2. Ian Kinsler, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, DH 4. J.D. Martinez, RF 5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 6. Alex Avila, C 7. Nick Castellanos, 3B 8. Andrew Romine, 1B 9....
Grand Rapids Press Mar 21, 2015
Detroit Tigers Gameday: David Price on mound as Tigers try to end eight-game winless streak

Detroit Tigers Gameday: David Price on mound as Tigers try to end eight-game winless streak

The Tigers are 0-7-1 in their past eight games and didnt score a run in the only game during that stretch that wasnt a loss. Who: Detroit Tigers (6-13-1) vs. New York Mets (10-8)Where: Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.First pitch: 1:05 p.m.Television: Not availableRadio: WXYT-FM 97.1Twitter: Follow Chris Iott STARTING LINEUPSNew York Mets * Probable pitchers: Steven Matz, Jeurys Familia, Chase Bradford, Jack Leathersich, Dario Alvarez, Jenrry Mejia. Detroit Tigers1. Rajai Davis, CF2. Alex Avila, DH3. J.D. Martinez, RF4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF5. Nick...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 13, 2015
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Jose Iglesias starts back-to-back games; Alex Avila held out again

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Jose Iglesias starts back-to-back games; Alex Avila held out again

Alex Avila was penciled to start at catcher today, but will get another day off to recover. He exited Wednesdays game in the first inning after complaining of soreness in his lower back. Who: Detroit Tigers (5-6) at Atlanta Braves, split squad (3-6-1) Where: Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. First pitch: 1:05 p.m. Television: Not available Radio: WXYT 1270 Twitter: Follow James Schmehl STARTING LINEUPS Detroit Tigers 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 2. Jose Iglesias, DH 3. J.D. Martinez, RF 4. Tyler Collins, LF 5. Jordan Lennerton, 1B 6. James McCann, C 7. Hernan...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 11, 2015
Nationals 9, Tigers 2: Alex Avila exits with back soreness; David Price comes unglued in second start

Nationals 9, Tigers 2: Alex Avila exits with back soreness; David Price comes unglued in second start

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is very much interested in seeing what Alex Avila can do at the No. 2 spot in Detroits batting order this spring. He didnt get to see much Wednesday. VIERA, Fla. -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is very much interested in seeing what Alex Avila can do at the No. 2 spot in Detroit's batting order this spring. He didn't get to see much Wednesday. Avila was forced to leave the game after just one inning against the Washington Nationals when soreness in his lower back flared up. It's the same ailment that forced him to miss a few days of...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 11, 2015
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Alex Avila to bat second; David Price battles Nats' Jordan Zimmermann

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Alex Avila to bat second; David Price battles Nats' Jordan Zimmermann

For the second time this spring, Alex Avila will bat second in the lineup. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is expected to test Avila out in the spot several times this spring.   Who: Detroit Tigers (5-3) at Washington Nationals (3-3) Where: Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. First pitch: 1:05 p.m. Television: MLB Network (delay) Radio: Not available Twitter: Follow James Schmehl STARTING LINEUPS Detroit Tigers 1. Rajai Davis, RF 2. Alex Avila, C 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 4. Tyler Collins, DH 5. Jordan Lennerton, 1B 6. Hernan Perez, SS 7. Jefry Marte, 3B 8. Josh Wilson,...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 9, 2015
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Jose Iglesias back in lineup; Anibal Sanchez starts against Blue Jays

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Jose Iglesias back in lineup; Anibal Sanchez starts against Blue Jays

Jose Iglesias is tentatively penciled in the starting lineup at shortstop. However, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus cautioned that the lineup could change before first pitch. Who: Detroit Tigers (3-3) vs. Toronto Blue Jays split squad (3-3) Where: Joker Marchant Stadium First pitch: 1:05 p.m. Television: Not available Radio: Not available Twitter: Follow James Schmehl STARTING LINEUPS Detroit Tigers 1. Rajai Davis, RF 2. Jose Iglesias, SS 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 4. Nick Castellanos, 3B 5. Alex Avila, C 6. Hernan Perez, 1B 7. James McCann, DH 8. Anthony Gose, CF 1....
Grand Rapids Press Mar 1, 2015

Alex Avila lays down bunts during on-field drill

A handful of Detroit Tigers players practiced bunting Sunday morning on the field at Joker Marchant Stadium. This video shows Alex Avila practicing squeeze bunts.

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