Game 2015.3: Twins at Tigers

When the Tigers trotted off the chilly Comerica diamond with an easy 11-0 win to warm them, I doubt any of them realized they had done something no Tiger team had ever done, which is begin the season with two consecutive shutouts. In fact, the last time any American League team did the double-shutout start was when the 1977 Angels did so, behind Nolan Ryan and good old Frank Tanana...
Via Tigers Weblog
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Avila, Iglesias help Tigers rout Twins

DETROIT (AP) -- Anibal Sanchez helped Detroit blank Minnesota for the second straight game, Jose Iglesias had four hits and Alex Avila scored four runs as the Tigers routed the Twins 11-0 Wednesday. Ian Kinsler drove in four runs for Detroit, which had beaten Minnesota 4-0 on opening day behind star left-hander David Price. Sanchez (1-0) was impressive, as well, allowing three hits...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes robs Twins of a homer in Tigers debut

Your browser does not support iframes. Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes became the first of the season to rob another player of a home run after making a leaping catch on Twins’ Kurt Suzuki in the third inning of Detroit’s 4-0 win over Minnesota. Cespedes, making his Tigers debut, reached well over the fence to make the catch. J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila homered off...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes: Cabrera takes break from treadmill; back keeps Avila out Friday

LAKELAND, Fla. -- No one will rush Miguel Cabrera this spring. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski has said it and the Tigers proved that Friday morning. Cabrera, who is still recovering from right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in his navicular bone, did not run on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. "Today was more of a rest day...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

3 Detroit Tigers that need to rise above

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that ‘water always finds its level’. Well, for the Detroit Tigers in 2015, they’re going to need a few players to rise above what is expected of them and play excellent baseball. I will be posting a series of articles identifying certain categories of players within each position group (offense, starting pitching, and bullpen) and breaking...
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers vs. The American League Central: Part 1 – The Infield

How do the Detroit Tigers stack up against the American League Central Division? We’ve ranked all the starters from each of the five members of the division and will show you how they ranked. Using a modified version of the WAR statistic (Wins Above Replacement), the players and ultimately the teams will be ranked. Method: I’ve modified the WAR statistic to give a rating of...
Via The Majors Detroit
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Avila making adjustments to deal with harmful foul tips

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) The difference is a subtle one, and it barely stands out to the untrained eye as Alex Avila sets up behind the plate at spring training. While preparing to receive a pitch, the Detroit catcher lowers one knee to the ground, a move the Tigers hope will help Avila avoid harmful foul tips by keeping his head lower. ''Foul tips generally come off the top half of...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

New mask, catching style, hitting approach for Tigers' Avila

LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's an important spring and season for Tigers catcher Alex Avila. Not only is Avila's wife about to give birth to their second daughter within the next few weeks, Avila is making some significant changes in his game. He suffered three concussions last season and has had others in previous years, so the Tigers are trying to do as much as they can to help Avila avoid...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers and Blue Jays had ‘discussions’ about Dioner Navarro

With question marks surrounding Victor Martinez’s knee and Alex Avila’s concussions, the Tigers apparently explored the idea of trading for Toronto’s Dioner Navarro according to Jeff Blair  of Blair went as far as saying the two teams ‘had discussions’ regarding the Blue Jays catcher who now is limited to a backup role after the Jays signed Russell Martin...
Via The Majors Detroit
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers will try Alex Avila at first base

In the event that Miguel Cabrera isn’t ready for opening day, the Tigers are looking at backup options for first base which apparently include working out Alex Avila at the position during Spring Training according to Jon Morosi. Tigers plan for Alex Avila to work out at first base a little in spring training, in case Miguel Cabrera is not ready for Opening Day. — Jon Morosi...
Via The Majors Detroit
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers' Avila to try new mask this season

TOLEDO, OHIO -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila will have a new look this season. Before their appearance in Toledo with Mud Hens fans, manager Brad Ausmus said that Avila will wear a hockey-style catcher's mask this season. "I tried it my very first spring training in a bullpen one time," Avila said. "I didn't give it much of a chance. I'm very traditional. When I started catching, I...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers exercise $5.4M option on C Alex Avila

The Detroit Tigers have exercised the $5.4 million option on catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. Avila fell 43 plate appearances short of a $100,000 bonus for next season.“I’m happy they did (pick up the option),” Avila told Chris Iott of MichiganLive, “and I’ll be ready to go for next season.”Avila, a six-year player, broke into the league in 2009, but it was not...
Via Baseball Essential
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers love Alex Avila, maybe you should too

Detroit Tigers fans far and wide seem completely fed up with Alex Avila. The Detroit Tigers themselves are not. They have signed off on his option year, which will keep Avila in Motown for the 2015 season at the price of $5.4M. Clearly Avila is not the player that took the American League by storm in 2011. That year, after a so-so rookie campaign, he hit .295 with 33 doubles, 19...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Rumors: Alex Avila is not retiring despite concussions

The Detroit Tigers finished the 2014 season with a record of 90-72, first in the American League Central. Their season ended following a loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS, three games to none. The Tigers head into the off season looking to boost a pitching staff that was 24th in the Major Leagues in ERA. Another concern is the health of catcher Alex Avila, who suffered...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite concussions, Alex Avila wants to return to the Tigers in 2015

Since being struck in the mask during the ALDS earlier in the month, Tigers catcher Alex Avila insists he’s concussion symptom free and probably would be playing right now if Detroit was still in the postseason. “I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy,” Avila told Chris Iott of MLive...
Via The Majors Detroit
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Avila leaves game after foul ball off mask

DETROIT (AP) Tigers catcher Alex Avila has left Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Baltimore after taking a foul tip off the mask. Avila, who has had concussion problems in the past, was hit by a ball off the bat of Steve Pearce in the sixth inning Sunday. Trainer Kevin Rand came out to check on Avila, who eventually walked off the field to a nice ovation from the Detroit...
Via AP on Fox
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Detroit Tigers Clinch Fourth Straight AL Central Title

It took until Game 162 of the regular season, but the Detroit Tigers finally — finally — locked up an AL Central title they were expected to have in hand long ago. David Price twirled a gem on Sunday afternoon vs. the Twins, with the offense providing him just enough support in a 3-0 victory. The final out came when Joe Nathan induced a foul popup, which Alex Avila tracked down...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Avila's injury casts spotlight on MLB concussion protocol

Fans at Comerica Park were thrilled to see Alex Avila back behind home plate on Monday as the Tigers played host to the Chicago White Sox. The downside was that Avila didn't seem to be feeling himself, going 0-for-4 and striking out three times as Chicago defeated Detroit 2-0. Avila did manage a lead-off single in the seventh inning Tuesday night, when the Tigers beat the White Sox...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Alex Avila returns to lineup

The Detroit Tigers fell to the Chicago White Sox last night by the score of 2-0. The loss dropped the Tigers to 86-70, a game ahead of the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. With six games remaining, the Tigers still hold a good position in the playoff race. They saw the return of catcher Alex Avila, who had been out with a concussion. #455401528 / gettyimages.comI...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila's latest absence is over

DETROIT -- It took a little longer than the Tigers might have wanted, but Alex Avila is back from his latest brain injury. Due to the complications of clearing a player to return from a concussion, Tigers trainer Kevin Rand had told the media that Avila wouldn't be able to play until Tuesday. However, when Brad Ausmus finally released the lineup 45 minutes before Monday's first pitch...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers' Avila remains sidelined with dizziness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tigers catcher Alex Avila remained sidelined by concussion-like symptoms Friday, and manager Brad Ausmus was uncertain when the veteran backstop will be able to return to the lineup. Rookie catcher James McCann started in Avila's place as Detroit began a crucial three-game series against the Royals, who were a half-game back in the AL Central. Avila took a...
Via AP on Fox
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Alex Avila still not symptom-free

The Detroit Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday by the score of 4-3. The loss dropped to Tigers to 84-67 on the season, first in the American League Central. The Tigers have been excellent all season offensively, ranked 2nd in the Major League in runs scored. They were without catcher Alex Avila, who is still dealing with concussion symptoms. Bryan Holaday started for...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Justin Verlander, Alex Avila

With the Detroit Tigers fighting for a division title and having only two weeks left, now is not the time for new injuries to occur. Yet, the Tigers must now keep and eye on pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Verlander has a recurring blister, and Avila has light-headedness. The good news is that they are both merely day-to-day.Justin VerlanderMichigan Live's James...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Alex Avila’s Clutch Two-Run Home Run vs. Cleveland

Alex Avila may not be hitting the cover off the ball on a regular basis this season, but he has delivered some huge hits when the Detroit Tigers have needed them most. The latest came Saturday night, with Detroit trailing the Indians by one in the eighth. With the tying run on second and two outs, Avila turned on a 3-2 pitch from Bryan Shaw and launched it into the right-field seats...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Alex Avila exits with lightheadedness

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila was pulled early from the win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday after complaining of a headache, reports James Schmehl of Avila left in the seventh inning after someone told manager Brad Ausmus that the catcher did not seem right, as Ausmus himself told Schmehl:"Someone said to me that he didn't seem right on the bench," Ausmus said...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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