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Grand Rapids Press Apr 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis, James McCann in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis, James McCann in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Avila his hitting just .189 with a .645 OPS this season, but McCann is hitting just .174 with a .469 OPS. DETROIT -- The Cleveland Indians have right-hander Carlos Carrasco on the mound. But Brad Ausmus is going with Rajai Davis and James McCann in the starting lineup. Ausmus starts Anthony Gose and Alex Avila, both left-handed hitters, against most right-handed starters. Gose has six hits and 14 strikeouts in his past 27 at-bats but is still hitting .333 for the season thanks to an extremely hot start. Gose batted .500 through his first 18 at-bats this...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 21, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila, Anthony Gose back as starters; Victor Martinez in lineup as DH

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila, Anthony Gose back as starters; Victor Martinez in lineup as DH

Martinez remains in the starting lineup despite an issue with his left knee that affects him more when he bats left-handed. DETROIT -- Alex Avila and Anthony Gose were both missing from the starting lineup in the previous three games, but they are back in the second game of a four-game series against the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers faced left-handed starting pitchers in each of their previous three games, so Rajai Davis started in center and James McCann behind the plate. With right-hander Nathan Eovaldi starting tonight, Avila and Gose are...
Bless You Boys Apr 14, 2015

Detroit Tigers 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 0: Game 8 Player of the Game

This one seems obvious, but we'll ask anyway. The Detroit Tigers got back into the win column on Tuesday, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 thanks to eight shutout innings from starter Shane Greene. The Tigers offense finally broke through against Pirates starter A.J. Burnett in the seventh inning, who also pitched well. Every Tigers starter reached base, and all but Alex Avila had at least one hit. Shane Greene is close to having starts like this named after him. The 26-year-old righthander threw eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and no walks. He continued to pound the...
Bless You Boys Apr 11, 2015

Bless You Boys Podcast 140: A roaring good start

HookSlide and Rob Rogacki talk about the first week of Tigers' baseball to kick off the 2015 season. Baseball has arrived at last! In this week's episode of the Bless You Boys podcast, HookSlide and Rob Rogacki talk about the Detroit Tigers' opening week of baseball. Topics includethe sweep of the Minnesota Twins, Anthony Gose's solid offense and defense, Shane Greene's pitching debut, Alex Avila's new approach at the plate, and whether this is truly the best team that Dave Dombrowski has assembled so far. Listen live at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, or check back here for the...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 10, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Anthony Gose leads off, Alex Avila in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Detroit Tigers lineup: Anthony Gose leads off, Alex Avila in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Designated hitter Victor Martinez is 9 for 18 with four doubles and a home run against Zach McAllister. CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have a right-hander on the mound, so it's no surprise that Alex Avila is in the lineup. Or is it? Avila is 1 for 11 with seven strikeouts in his career vs. Cleveland Indians starter Zach McAllister, but he is in the lineup at catcher. Avila is 4 for 8 with a home run, three RBIs and three walks in three games this season. Designated hitter Victor Martinez is 9 for 18 with four doubles and a home run against McAllister. Here...

Game 2015.2: Twins at Tigers

I should have known when I went with Miguel Cabrera as the “obvious” prediction for the Player of the Game that he’d put up an O-fer, since there is nothing obvious in baseball. It turns out that the Tigers got all the offense they needed from J.D. Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes, and Alex Avila (!), along […]
Grand Rapids Press Apr 6, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila hits first opposite-field home run since 2013 season in opener

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila hits first opposite-field home run since 2013 season in opener

Avila hit at least two home runs to left field in four consecutive seasons before hitting all 11 home runs to right or center in 2014 season. DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus had to like what he saw Monday afternoon when Alex Avila hit a home run to left field. That's because he had never seen it before. Avila hit a home run to the opposite field for the first time since the 2013 season Monday afternoon to help the Detroit Tigers to a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Avila hit 11 home runs in 2014, the first season as manager for Ausmus, but all of them were to right or...
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...

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