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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.
Bless You Boys Feb 27, 2015

Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila sit out for Friday workouts

Miguel Cabrera's foot is "cranky" and Alex Avila has a case of the day-to-day's. Meanwhile, Jose Iglesias is "full go, really." LAKELAND — It's nothing to be concerned about, especially since it seems to be a yearly tradition for Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila. Both he and Miguel Cabrera did not participate in workouts on Friday, but manager Brad Ausmus isn't concerned with either player. Avila was held out of team activities for back tightness and is listed as day-to-day. But as anyone knows, Avila is more or less tied to that status no matter what time of the year it is. During the...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 27, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila day to day after sitting out workout due to back tightness

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila day to day after sitting out workout due to back tightness

Miguel Cabrera did not run on the AlterG treadmill due to a bit of soreness. LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers have had pretty good luck in regards to injuries through the early days of training camp. But they had a starter miss a day Friday. Alex Avila did not participate in workouts Friday due to back tightness. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Avila is day to day. Ausmus did not seem overly concerned. "It happened last year in Chicago where it tightened up and he missed a couple games," Ausmus said. "I think that's where Bryan Holaday laid down the bunt to...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 27, 2015
Twitter Talk: On Alex Avila batting 2nd, Joe Nathan, potential first basemen and Royal Blood

Twitter Talk: On Alex Avila batting 2nd, Joe Nathan, potential first basemen and Royal Blood

If Anthony Gose doesnt hit, well, there are worse ideas than batting Avila second against right-handers. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Most of the time, I use the introduction to Twitter Talk to discuss some Detroit Tigers topic or rant about something. But it's early in spring and I'm not in the best writing shape of my life just yet. Also, I basically wrote this from the bottom up and it's getting long. So, on to Twitter Talk! @Chris_Iott thoughts on Avila hitting second? -- Ian Ashbury (@Ashbury_) February 26, 2015 Do you think the Tigers should simply slide the other...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 23, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Alex Avila 'legitimately on the table' as option to hit second vs. righties

Detroit Tigers notebook: Alex Avila 'legitimately on the table' as option to hit second vs. righties

Bruce Rondon throws well in his second bullpen session this spring. Joel Hanrahan did not throw as scheduled, but he did win a fielding competition. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brad Ausmus still isn't sure who will bat second against right-handed pitchers. But he is certain that catcher Alex Avila is a candidate to do so. Ausmus said Monday morning that the idea that Avila could hit second vs. righties is "legitimately on the table." "I'm seriously considering it," Ausmus said. "I wouldn't say that in any way am I locked into it. But it's...
Bless You Boys Feb 22, 2015

Grayson Greiner, Austin Green lead group of catchers at Detroit Tigers spring training

There are four catchers not on the 40-man roster with the Tigers in Lakeland this year, but none will make the Opening Day roster. Every year, an inordinate number of catchers are invited to spring trainings all across Major League Baseball. The practice seems odd, but baseball fans understand that it is little more than a numbers game; with so many pitchers in camp, the team needs more catchers to handle the heavy workload. It is very rare that a non-roster invitee catcher makes a big league roster, and 2015 does not project to be one of those years for the Tigers. Alex Avila is the...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 22, 2015
Detroit Tigers over-under: How many games will Alex Avila play at first base this season?

Detroit Tigers over-under: How many games will Alex Avila play at first base this season?

Alex Avila has played first base only once in his career when he appeared late in the game during a blowout loss against the Twins last year. Could he be called upon again this year? Editor's note: Tigers reporter James Schmehl is predicting the events of the 2015 Tigers season through a series of "over-under" stories. Each day, he will make a statistical prediction and allow readers to predict whether the final number will be over or under the initial prediction. The series will run every day until March 3. Question: How many games will Alex Avila play at first...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 21, 2015
Analysis: Whether Alex Avila bats in second spot vs. right-handers could be up to Anthony Gose

Analysis: Whether Alex Avila bats in second spot vs. right-handers could be up to Anthony Gose

Unless Avila can improve offensively from what he has done the past three seasons, the best place for him is in the bottom third of the order. But the Tigers do not have an ideal No. 2 hitter to match up against right-handed starters. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Alex Avila hit .218 last season. Anthony Gose hit .226.  But there's a good chance one of them will bat second in the Detroit Tigers lineup this season against right-handers. In his first meeting with media members this spring, manager Brad Ausmus would not go into detail regarding what his regular starting...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila wears new helmet, uses new stance in attempt to reduce concussion risk

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila wears new helmet, uses new stance in attempt to reduce concussion risk

Anytime there is a runner on base or when the hitter is in a two-strike count, Avila will be in his usual stance behind the plate to be prepared to throw to a base or block a pitch in the dirt. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Alex Avila wore a new helmet on his head. He rested his left knee resting on the ground. Then he declared that neither of the two changes he is making is going to be an issue at all. Avila caught the first bullpen session of spring training Friday while testing two things he and the Detroit Tigers hope will reduce his risk for concussions. "I knew the...

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