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Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila to make rare start at catcher in second game of series

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila to make rare start at catcher in second game of series

James McCann started at catcher in each of the previous four games and 24 of the past 30 games. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Avila will get a rare start behind the plate tonight in the second game of a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals. Avila will bat ninth and start at catcher tonight for the Detroit Tigers. James McCann started at catcher in each of the previous four games as well as 26 of the 31 games played since July 27. Avila made five starts at catcher and two at first base during that stretch. Detroit Tigers1. Anthony Gose, CF2. Ian...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 27, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez stays in cleanup spot; Alex Avila gets start at catcher

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez stays in cleanup spot; Alex Avila gets start at catcher

Victor Martinez will remain in the cleanup spot Thursday afternoon as the Detroit Tigers conclude their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez is staying put today. Martinez will remain in the cleanup spot Thursday afternoon as the Detroit Tigers conclude their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Martinez, who has been tabbed designated hitter, has hit .189 with a .210 on-base percentage in his last 25 games. Alex Avila, meanwhile, will make just his third start since Aug. 16....
Bless You Boys Aug 13, 2015

4 adjustments James McCann needs to make as the Tigers' starting catcher

McCann has all but been officially named the Tigers' starting catcher, but he could still make some improvements in his game. Ask any Tiger fan how happy they are to have James McCann on the team and they will answer undoubtedly with "very much" without hesitation. And why shouldn’t we be happy? McCann is hitting .286 (over 100 points better than that other catcher, Alex Avila), he has hit some clutch home runs and is third in the American League among rookies in WAR at 1.4. Recently he has shown some leadership qualities that has impressed the team, fans, media and even a former...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 4, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Al Avila: Being GM of team that includes son Alex Avila is 'very awkward'

Detroit Tigers' Al Avila: Being GM of team that includes son Alex Avila is 'very awkward'

Al Avila didnt want the Detroit Tigers to draft Alex Avila. Now, he will be in position to decide whether the Tigers keep him beyond this season. DETROIT -- Al Avila didn't want the Detroit Tigers to draft Alex Avila. Now, he will be in position to decide whether the Tigers keep the catcher -- also his son -- beyond this season. An awkward situation with Al and Alex Avila certainly got a bit more awkward Tuesday afternoon when the Tigers promoted Al Avila from assistant general manager to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager. Al...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 4, 2015

Source: Al Avila received five-year contract to be Detroit Tigers general manager

Avila said during a press conference introducing him as general manager only that the contract length gave him the security necessary for the job. Watch video DETROIT -- Al Avila did not go into specifics regarding his new contract Tuesday afternoon after taking over as the general manager of the Detroit Tigers. But a source told MLive.com on Tuesday evening that the deal is for five seasons beyond the current one. Avila said during a press conference introducing him as general manager only that the contract length gave him the "security"...
Bless You Boys Aug 4, 2015

Tigers GM Al Avila: 'We’re confident we can make a strong push this year'

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch wants a world series championship "badly" and is "committed" to that goal in 2015. But at what cost? DETROIT -- Al Avila, incoming general manager for the Tigers, admitted Tuesday that did not know why he was handed his job a day after the July 31 trade deadline. Only that Tigers owner Mike Ilitch fully expects the team to contend -- this year. "Well, he's definitely disappointed," Avila said. "He wanted a championship badly. Even this year, he still has high hopes we can accomplish that. He hasn't given up on this year. He still wants to -- he still has a hope we...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 4, 2015

Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila supported Dave Dombrowski's decision to be sellers at trade deadline

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila on decision to be sellers at last week's non-waiver trade deadline: "I was in agreement with all the moves that were made."

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