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Grand Rapids Press Jul 21, 2016
Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles starting vs. White Sox

Tigers lineup: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles starting vs. White Sox

Aviles will get another start in right field after Tyler Collins was scratched from the lineup Wednesday with neck spasms. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will start for the Detroit Tigers in the series opener Thursday night at Chicago. Mike Aviles will also get another start in right field after Tyler Collins was scratched from the lineup Wednesday with neck spasms. The Tigers' Mike Pelfrey (2-9, 4.95 ERA) will try to bounce back from a bad start last week against James Shields (4-11, 5.10 ERA), who has struggled since being acquired by the White Sox from San...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 19, 2016
Tigers lineup: James McCann, Mike Aviles starting vs. Twins

Tigers lineup: James McCann, Mike Aviles starting vs. Twins

Aviles typically plays against left-handed pitchers and southpaw Tommy Milone is pitching Tuesday for the Twins. DETROIT -- Catcher James McCann returns to the Detroit Tigers lineup Tuesday night after two days off, while Mike Aviles will get another start in right field. The Tigers play the Minnesota Twins at 7:10 p.m. at Comerica Park. Aviles typically plays against left-handed pitchers and southpaw Tommy Milone is pitching Tuesday for the Twins. McCann hits considerably better against lefties. He got a day off Sunday afternoon and then sat on Monday while...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2016
Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles, strong vs. Ricky Nolasco, starts in RF

Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles, strong vs. Ricky Nolasco, starts in RF

Aviles typically only starts against left-handed pitchers, but he may have gotten the start against the right-handed Ricky Nolasco because of his .571 career average (8-for-14) against him. DETROIT -- Mike Aviles will start in right field Monday as the Detroit Tigers open a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. Aviles typically only starts against left-handed pitchers, but he may have gotten the start against the right-handed Ricky Nolasco because of his .571 career average (8 for 14) against him.  Backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is starting again...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 10, 2016
Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles playing right field in series finale vs. Blue Jays

Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles playing right field in series finale vs. Blue Jays

Detroit is coming off a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday. TORONTO -- Steven Moya will have an extended All-Star break. Mike Aviles is playing right field and hitting eighth Sunday in the Detroit Tigers' series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays (1:07 p.m., FSD) at Rogers Centre. Moya is 3 for 20 in his last eight games, a slump that began soon after he complained of a sore knee and sat out three games late last month. Aviles is 1 for 10 in his last five games, which include three pinch-hit appearances. He is hitting .207 with three extra-base hits and a...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 1, 2016
Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles starts against Tampa Bay lefty Drew Smyly

Tigers lineup: Mike Aviles starts against Tampa Bay lefty Drew Smyly

Drew Smyly is a former Tiger. Facing a left-handed pitcher tonight, the Detroit Tigers are going with Mike Aviles in right field rather than the left-handed hitter Steven Moya. Here's the Detroit lineup against Tampa Bay starter (and ex-Tiger) Drew Smyly: #Tigers lineup at TB pic.twitter.com/HBfWqvTYsT— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 1, 2016 Aviles (who hits right-handed) is hitting .215 this season. He's hit lefties and right-handers about the same. The Rays lineup: Nick has 9 RBI in 4 games this homestand, most since James Loney (9, April 2014)--and...
Bless You Boys Jun 27, 2016

Mike Aviles among the worst Tigers hitters in the last 10 years

The quest for futility continues for Aviles. With his home run on Sunday against the Clveland Indians, Mike Aviles finally got on the board for the 2016 season. In doing so, he struck a big blow against his own quest for batting futility. Entering the game, Aviles was hitting .218/.253/.241, which was good for a wRC+ of 31. The dinger skyrocketed that batting line to .222/.255/.278 and sent his wRC+ up to 41. That’s still an utterly horrible value, but it’s going to take more to become truly historic. Using the wonderful tools set about at FanGraphs, I looked at the worst seasons Tigers...
Bless You Boys Jun 27, 2016

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 Jun 26, 2016
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...

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