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Detroit Free Press Jul 26, 2014

Tigers' Avila continues to struggle against lefties

Left-handed hitting Alex Avila has been struggling mightily against left-handed pitchers. Manager Brad Ausmus was asked after Friday night's game whether at some point he will have to consider having Avila not play any more against southpaws.
Grand Rapids Press Jul 26, 2014
Analysis: Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus needs to consider sitting Alex Avila against lefties

Analysis: Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus needs to consider sitting Alex Avila against lefties

Alex Avilas on-base percentage could be a lot better. Particularly if Tigers manager Brad Ausmus stopped penciling Avila in the starting lineup against left-handed starting pitchers. Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila celebrates as he crosses the plate in front of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning on July 12 in Kansas City, Mo.AP Photo  ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila is arguably one of the best defensive catchers in the American League. Need proof? His defensive WAR (7.6) ranks tied for...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 23, 2014
Tigers 11, Diamondbacks 5: Miguel Cabrera snaps homerless drought, Detroit avoids meltdown in Arizona

Tigers 11, Diamondbacks 5: Miguel Cabrera snaps homerless drought, Detroit avoids meltdown in Arizona

Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson and Alex Avila each drove in three runs and the Tigers bullpen combined to throw 2 2/3 shutout innings to help Detroit bounce back from a tough loss Wednesday. PHOENIX -- This time, there would be no late-inning meltdown in Arizona. Joba Chamberlain and Miguel Cabrera made sure of that. Cabrera, Austin Jackson and Alex Avila each drove in three runs and the Tigers' bullpen combined to throw 2 2/3 shutout innings to help Detroit bounce back from a tough loss with a 11-5 interleague road win over the Diamondbacks Wednesday. Anibal...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 23, 2014
Brad Ausmus considered pinch-hitting for Alex Avila late in game, turns page after tough loss in Arizona

Brad Ausmus considered pinch-hitting for Alex Avila late in game, turns page after tough loss in Arizona

Brad Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon that Torii Hunters go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday made him think twice about pinch-hitting for Alex Avila. PHOENIX -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus thought about pinch-hitting for Alex Avila late in the game Tuesday night. Torii Hunter made him change his mind. Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon that Hunter's go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning made him think twice about pinch-hitting for Avila. Instead, Ausmus stuck with Avila, who took a called third strike against a tough...
Bless You Boys Jul 12, 2014

Tigers 5, Royals 1: Porcello robs the Royals of runs, Martinez and Avila homer in the ninth

Rick Porcello battled through seven innings and held the Royals to one run. J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila delivered with a solo shot and a two-run homer respectively to give the Tigers a late-game comfortable lead. An eight-inning nailbiter turned into four runs of breathing room as J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila both homered in the ninth to give the Tigers a 5-1 victory, handing them the series over the Royals and a five-game winning streak. Rick Porcello worked through seven innings on his way to picking up his 12th win of the season as the Tigers cruised to a comfortable lead of 7 1/2 games...
Bless You Boys Jul 11, 2014

Pitcher-catcher relationship an important part of Alex Avila's success behind the plate

The success of the Tigers' pitching staff hasn't come overnight. Rather, it's been the result of chemistry that continues to build over time. DETROIT — What the fans saw Wednesday: With Alex Avila catching behind the plate, Tigers starter Max Scherzer struck out seven batters against the Dodgers, allowed one run in seven innings, and picked up his 11th win of the season. What the fans didn't see: All the work that goes on away from the field that allowed the battery to make the start look so smooth. To do so, Avila spends countless hours in the video room in order to help refine a...

Extra Bases: Chirinos excels with bat, arm

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A discussion to determine the Texas Rangers' most improved player at the season's midpoint should certainly include catcher Robinson Chirinos. The 30-year-old Venezuelan had a perfect day at the plate Sunday, going 3-for-3 with a home run in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota. Behind the plate, Chirinos cut down his 21st would-be base-stealer in 48 games, second only to Detroit catcher Alex Avila (who has 23 in 63 games). And Chirinos came within an eyelash of picking another runner off first.

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