9:00 AM EDT, Mon June 27, 2016
Bless You Boys 2 hours ago

Detroit Tigers links is still surprised Mike Aviles homered

Aviles was far from the Tigers’ biggest problem against the Indians last weekend. Through eight games and change against the Cleveland Indians this season, the Detroit Tigers had yet to even hold a lead, much less win a game. That all changed when their power-hitting right fielder stepped to the plate in the bottom of the third. J.D. Martinez? Nope. Steven Moya? Nuh-uh. Utility man Mike Aviles was the one to go deep, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead at the time. While the end result wasn’t all that surprising given how things have gone against the Tribe this season, Aviles’ first homer of...
Grand Rapids Press 22 hours ago
Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles in RF again, Jarrod Saltalamacchia catching

Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles in RF again, Jarrod Saltalamacchia catching

The Tigers look to avoid a third sweep against the Indians this season. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers will be without Steven Moya for a second straight day. Mike Aviles is hitting eighth and playing right field in the series finale Sunday against the Cleveland Indians (1:10 p.m., FSD). Moya missed Saturday's 6-0 loss to the Indians with a sore right knee. He says he's feeling better - he didn't have an X-ray or CT scan - but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has chosen to give the left-handed power bat an extra day. Aviles is hitting .218 with two extra-base hits and...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 25, 2016
Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles playing right field for Steven Moya

Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles playing right field for Steven Moya

Detroit is coming off a 7-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Friday. DETROIT -- Steven Moya will not start in right field today. Moya's bat is out of the lineup Saturday as the Detroit Tigers continue their series against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park (4:10 p.m., FSD). Mike Aviles is back and hitting seventh for Moya, who missed a fly ball in the lights during Friday's 7-4 loss. Moya went 1 for 3 yesterday and has a three-game hitting streak, going 5 for 10 during that stretch with two home runs and three RBIs. Aviles is hitting .226 with 19 hits and...
Bless You Boys Jun 22, 2016

Detroit Tigers Links still doesn't understand Mike Aviles

Please be better. When the Detroit Tigers signed Mike Aviles in the off season, the general consensus was, "Huh?" I mean, sure, he has defensive flexibility. And he's not... slow. But, those were the nicest things we could come up with. We're three months into the season and those are still the nicest things to be said about the 34-year-old utility man. He doesn't excel at any one position and his bat is a negative, no matter how you try to spin it. So the question remains, if you have Andrew Romine, what would you say you do here? With J.D. Martinez injured, the short comings of the...
Bless You Boys Jun 22, 2016

Tigers' Mike Aviles has been better than expected ... in June

Aviles' defense is negligible but he has helped, offensively. DETROIT -- Offensively, Mike Aviles has not been a black hole for the Detroit Tigers. His defense is another story, but as a bench player, he has given the team what they've needed. He is not a power hitter and don't expect him to be a Gold Glover in the outfield, but his offensive contributions have not been as futile as previously thought. For the first two months of the year, Aviles was of little help, offensively or otherwise. He had just six hits, one RBI, and two walks. He struck out 13 times in 19 games, 10 being starts....
Bless You Boys Jun 21, 2016

Daniel Norris recalled from Toledo as Tigers work to limit Michael Fulmer's innings

The Tigers are getting creative with their rotation in an effort to preserve Fulmer's long-term health. DETROIT -- Daniel Norris will indeed start for the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. With the team needing to place somewhat of a limit on Michael Fulmer's innings, his start next Tuesday will be skipped and Mike Pelfrey has been pushed back to start in his place. Fulmer has been dominant, but he has never pitched more than 124 2/3 innings in a year. To avoid wearing him out, the team is going to need to do some creative shuffling, without taxing their other starters at the same time. That...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 21, 2016
Mike Aviles' dribbler goes long way in Tigers' second straight win

Mike Aviles' dribbler goes long way in Tigers' second straight win

The win was the second straight for the Tigers. DETROIT - Mike Aviles hit the ball barely 50 feet in the eighth inning Tuesday night. But that was far enough for the Detroit Tigers. Aviles' dribbler down the first base line allowed pinch-runner Andrew Romine to race home from third and score the winning run in a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Aviles ended up beating out the throw to first to load the bases and allow the Tigers to add an insurance run when Nick Castellanos scored on a sacrifice fly by James McCann. Bruce Rondon (1-0) got...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 21, 2016
Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles starting in right field in place of Steven Moya

Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles starting in right field in place of Steven Moya

The Tigers won the opener of the four-game series 8-7 Monday night. DETROIT - Mike Aviles will start in right field and bat seventh in place of Steven Moya today, when the Detroit Tigers face the Seattle Mariners in the second game of a four-game series at Comerica Park. Moya went 0-for-4 and struck out once in Monday's 8-7 victory in 12 innings over the Mariners. Aviles struck out to end the ninth inning in his only at-bat after replacing Moya. Justin Verlander (7-5) will be on the mound for the Tigers in search of his fourth straight victory. The Mariners will...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 15, 2016
Mike Aviles says he's fine after leaving Tigers' win with injured wrist

Mike Aviles says he's fine after leaving Tigers' win with injured wrist

Aviles left Tuesdays game in the eighth inning with a sprained left wrist. CHICAGO -- Mike Aviles says he's fine. Speaking to reporters Tuesday after the Detroit Tigers' 11-8 win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Aviles said an X-ray on his left wrist showed no break. He called it a relief after catching his glove on the ground at third base on a ground ball off the bat of Jose Abreu to lead off the eighth inning. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus pulled him after out of precaution but could not provide an update immediately after the game. "Kind of...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 12, 2016
Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles start against Yankees

Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles start against Yankees

The Tigers and Yankees are expected to start shortly after 2 p.m. today. It's the day game after a night game lineup for the Detroit Tigers. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.186 batting average, 7 HR, 20 RBI) will catch and bat eighth for the Tigers today in the series finale against the New York Yankees. He's spelling James McCann. Mike Aviles (.204 batting average, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will bat ninth and play shortstop, spelling Jose Iglesias. Michael Fulmer is the starting pitcher today for the Tigers. The game starts shortly after 2 p.m. and is televised on Fox Sports...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 2, 2016
Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles starting at second base in place of Ian Kinsler

Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles starting at second base in place of Ian Kinsler

The game was originally scheduled for the first series of the season but was rained out. DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler isn't in the Detroit Tigers' starting lineup tonight for a game against the New York Yankees that was originally scheduled for April 10 before being postponed by inclement weather. There was no word as to why Kinsler is not in the lineup. Mike Aviles will start at second base in Kinsler's absence and bat eighth. Cameron Maybin will lead off for the Tigers, who are back home after playing their last six games in California against the A's and...

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