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Bless You Boys Mar 23, 2017
GameThread: Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves, 6:05 p.m.

GameThread: Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves, 6:05 p.m.

Victor Martinez returns to the lineup in a rare night game against the Braves. Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves Time/Place: 6:05 p.m., Champion Stadium - Orlando, FloridaSB Nation Blog: Talking ChopMedia: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV LINEUPAndrew Romine - 1BNicholas Castellanos - 3BVictor Martinez - DHMikie Mahtook - CFAlex Avila - CJose Iglesias - SSAnthony Gose - LFDixon Machado - 2BJuan Perez - RF SCHEDULED TO PITCHJustin Verlander, probably some other guys too
Bless You Boys Mar 19, 2017
2017 Tigers player preview: Was bringing back Alex Avila the right decision?

2017 Tigers player preview: Was bringing back Alex Avila the right decision?

Avila followed up a disappointing 2015 with a serviceable performance last season. Reactions were mixed when the Detroit Tigers decided to part ways with Alex Avila near the end of 2015, as the catcher had been a significant part of the team for over six seasons. Despite a couple years of high offensive output, the tide had turned in the fanbase, and an injury-riddled, below-average performance by Avila had many ready to say goodbye after 2015. Avila did not travel far, ending up with a one-year deal in Chicago. His numbers with the White Sox were decent, but he again was bit by injuries, a...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 16, 2017
Behind plate, Brad Ausmus wants brains more than brawn

Behind plate, Brad Ausmus wants brains more than brawn

The value of a catcher that can work with pitchers -- thats more important than any offensive statistic, Ausmus said. LAKELAND -- When Grayson Greiner and Austin Green were reassigned to minor-league camp on Wednesday as part of the Detroit's Tigers' second round of cuts, it left four catchers in the big-league clubhouse. It also made it fairly easy to guess 2017 assignments. James McCann and Alex Avila, the Tigers' only winter free-agent addition, will be in Detroit. The other two catchers, John Hicks and Miguel Gonzalez, will be in Triple-A Toledo. Greiner...
Bless You Boys Mar 4, 2017
Gamethread: Yankees at Tigers, 1:05 p.m.

Gamethread: Yankees at Tigers, 1:05 p.m.

Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound for the second time this spring New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium - Lakeland, Florida SB Nation blog: Pinstripe Alley Media: Detroit Tigers Radio Network, MLB Gameday LINEUP Ian Kinsler - 2B Victor Martinez - DH Miguel Cabrera - 1B J.D. Martinez - RF Justin Upton - LF Alex Avila - C Omar Infante - 3B Anthony Gose - CF Jose Iglesias - SS SCHEDULED TO PITCH Jordan Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez, Francisco Rodriguez, Jairo Labourt, Adam Ravenelle, Logan Kensing, Victor Alcantara, Angel Nesbitt and...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 3, 2017
Tigers facing 'Moychado' dilemma with no easy answers

Tigers facing 'Moychado' dilemma with no easy answers

The Tigers have one empty spot and two players who are out of options: Shortstop Dixon Machado and right fielder Steven Moya. But thats only part of the problem. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Here's what we know: Brad Ausmus favors a four-man bench. Not three. Not five. Backup catcher Alex Avila and super-utility man Andrew Romine are thought to have secure positions. Tyler Collins or Mikie Mahtook will likely hold another spot as a fourth outfielder or in some sort of center field platoon. That leaves one empty spot and two players who are out of options: Shortstop Dixon...
Scout Feb 27, 2017

2017 Tigers Preview: Catcher and DH

After a year away, the Tigers have brought back Alex Avila to share time behind the backstop with incumbent starter James McCann. Avila knows the staff well and should provide adequate offense, while Victor Martinez returns as the designated hitter, and as long as he’s healthy, should produce. The question among this position group really comes down to McCann; can he prove 2016 was a sophomore slump, and he has more to contribute at the plate?

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