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Admit it, Mike Aviles and Alex Avila have pretty similar names. That's why it's so easy to confuse the two, even though the two play different positions for different teams. Taking a look around the wider world of sports, however, reveals that this problem is nothing new. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette asked our Twitter followers which athletes they always get mixed up. Check out some of their answers in the video above. Join NESN Nation: In-game home page | Twitter | Facebook

Will Middlebrooks Practicing As Shortstop In Case of Emergency, Mike Aviles Could Play Second Base

BOSTON –– The Red Sox have flexibility in the infield after all. On the heels of second baseman Dustin Pedroia's thumb injury, the team had Will Middlebrooks take grounders as a shortstop on Wednesday. But Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has a method for his madness by trying his rookie third baseman in a new spot. "[Middlebrooks] was a good high school shortstop, so...

Whitecaps: Big strides for big prospect

Comstock Park, Mich. -- The first thing you notice when you meet West Michigan Whitecaps (Single A) outfielder Steven Moya is how big he is. Just 20 years old, Moya is already 6-foot-7, 229 pounds. The Tigers signed Moya as a non-drafted free agent on Oct. 1, 2008, when he was just 16. Since then, Moya, who was born in Puerto Rico but lives in the Dominican Republic, has made...

Adrian Gonzalez' Positional Sacrifice Pays Dividends As Kevin Youkilis, Will Middlebrooks Spark Offense

BOSTON –– This is why Adrian Gonzalez sacrificed his position. With six outfielders on the disabled list and Kevin Youkilis on the mend, Gonzalez altruistically volunteered to temporarily slide over right field. That way, Boston could employ both Youkilis –– at first base –– and Will Middlebrooks in the lineup. That vision came to fruition in Wednesday's 6-4 win over...

Doug Fister Returns to DL With Side Strain

The Detroit Tigers have placed starting pitcher Doug Fister on the disabled list today with a side strain. Fister aggravated the same injury that caused him to miss a month of the season in April and May. This is concerning news for Fister owners and Tigers fans, as Fister may be sidelined for some time to allow his oblique to heal. Fister was primed for a solid season as the number...

Pedroia still hopes to avoid DL

Diagnosed Tuesday night with a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia practiced gripping a bat while wearing a customized brace Wednesday. However, it will be another few days before he knows if the brace works. Pedroia has been told not to try hitting until the swelling subsides. Once that happens, if he's able to tolerate swinging...

No plea deal yet for Tigers' Young

Prosecutors are not offering a plea deal to Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young, who's accused of making anti-Semitic remarks during a fight outside a New York hotel. Young was briefly in a Manhattan court Tuesday for an update on his misdemeanor hate-crime harassment case. A prosecutor says he isn't making any plea offer, at least for now. Police say Young yelled anti...

Spelling Bee Finalists, Red Sox Facing Similar Challenges With Expectations of Greatness (Video)

Spelling is hard -- ask anyone who has tried to successfully type "Jarrod Saltalamacchia." Baseball is hard, too, especially in the Murderer's Row of competition in the American League East. The Red Sox have it tough, with their schedule stacked against them, but the unfairness of life is something that everyone needs to get used to. That counts for the kids participating...

Tigers say AAAdios, send Raburn to Triple-A Toledo

It was bound to happen at some point. Ryan Raburn has been far from productive and reliable during his time with the Detroit Tigers. And after a 6-3 loss Tuesday to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Tigers announced that Raburn was being optionedto their Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens. “It’s kind [...]

Magglio Ordonez set to retire

Translating Leyland's postgame rant

By STEVE KORNACKISpecial to Jim Leyland was thrown out of his third game of the month, and retreated to the clubhouse Monday afternoon to watch replays that confirmed what his eyes had told him minutes earlier. The tipped foul by Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles had been caught cleanly by Tigers catcher Gerald Laird, and should have been the third out. However...

Podcast: Crosby Debut, Delmon, Breakouts

In the latest podcast, the staff discusses Casey Crosby and whether or not he's ready to compete at the major league level today, is Delmon Young's position in the lineup hurting him, which players through the first two months of the year are cause for concern, and who has been breaking out.

Tigers place Doug Fister on DL

Remember Doug Fister's pulled side muscle in April? Well, it's back. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Tigers have placed Fister on the 15-day DL, retroactive to yesterday, with a strained muscle in his left side. Fister started for the Tigers on Monday in Boston, and got hammered, allowing six runs on 11 hits in five innings. He didn't have a win in the five starts...

Game 2012.49: Tigers at Red Sox

23-25, third place, 4 games behind Cle. A missed strike three on a foul tip that was caught cleanly, but ruled to have hit the dirt first, gave the Red Sox an extra strike and 3 extra runs in the 2nd inning yesterday, and though Doug Fister will never admit it, you can’t help but wonder how different the game could have been. The margin of victory was, after all, 3 runs. I can’t...

Pedroia Has Torn Adductor Muscle

Dustin Pedroia is going to try to play through a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb.  If he is not able to hit with a splint he will head to the DL for 3-4 weeks.  We'll know how it goes later today.

Red Sox Lineup vs the Tigers 5/29/12

Nava LF Sweeney RF Gonzalez 1BOrtiz DH Youkilis 3B Saltalamacchia C Aviles SS Podsednik CF Punto 2B Bard SP
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