Postgame 10: Padres 5, Tigers 1

SOUP DU JOUR Coleman April 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm [edit] We need to get Kelly back in the lineup. This Cabrera guy is killing us. Chase Headley was wearing his stone glove again, and that lent a wee bit of excitement to the top of the 9th, but otherwise, if you saw the 4th, you saw the game. Tigers had momentum, Max Scherzer gave it right back. Scherzer had a better day at the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pregame 10: Detroit Tigers at San Diego Padres

It’s the first rubber game of 2014, and hopefully it will satisfy our rubber soul, as the Tigers (6-3) make another day trip to San Diego (4-7) and then get their ticket to ride back home for a day off and then the Cleveland Indians. Max Scherzer will face Tyson Wood. The Incredible 2014 Detroit Tigers are on pace for 108 wins, and I’ll have you know that the 7-3 we’re hoping...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Instant Replay is Fine, But Altering How Baseball’s Played is Absurd

Tigers’ catcher Alex Avila (left) collides with Boston catcher David Ross (right) in Game 5 of the 2013 ALCS – Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports We are currently ushering in a new era for Major League Baseball. Most of the evolutionary moves focus around the integration of instant replay this season, which has shown its benefits and flaws so far. Managers are now...
Via The Sports Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dee Gordon: Prince of SAGNOF

It may only be for two games, but Dee Gordon draws a nice match-up against the Tigers to start the week. Gordon is already in mid-season SAGNOF form, hitting over .400 with 3 steals entering Sunday's game. Alex Avila can't catch a cold. In 2013 he caught base stealers at a 17% clip. That was well below the 28% league average. Word on the street is that he spent the off-season...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Avila homers as Tigers top Rays

Alex Avila hits his first home run of the spring as the Tigers top the Rays, 6-3.
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays fall to Tigers in final game of spring

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera had a single in three at-bats soon after the announcement of his $292 million, 10-year contract as the Detroit Tigers topped the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Friday in the final Grapefruit League game for both teams. Alex Avila hit his first home run of the spring for Detroit. Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler, and Austin Jackson each had two hits. Brandon Guyer...
Via Fox Sports Florida
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Detroit Tigers

We covered the Tigers' question marks — or weaknesses — in left field and the bullpen in an earlier post, and thus won't repeat them here. (What kind of blogging would that be?) But despite an overall roster that appears relatively solid, there are some underlying questions that Detroit will have to answer affirmatively if the team is to hold off the Indians and Royals...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Questions behind the plate

Detroit Tigers: Questions behind the plateQuestions about the Detroit Tigers heading into the 2014 season range from the bullpen, to the third base position  and everything in between. Answering those questions however, likely won’t happen until the first month of the season is completed. Although, there might be enough evidence to turn one of those questions into a frightening...
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers notes: Avila sits out

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers are still a relatively healthy bunch through five days of full-squad workouts. But as one would expect, little things are beginning to crop up at this point, although nothing is considered serious. Catcher Alex Avila did not participate in Saturday's workout. "Avila was held out today," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Just because...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: depth a major concern

Over the past two seasons the Detroit Tigers have been a relatively healthy team in terms of games missed, especially considering the advanced age of some of their players. This good fortune has allowed the front office to hide the organization’s lack of overall depth. A farm system that is said to rank 28th out of 30 won’t offer the Tigers much if a few key players start to...
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila-nche

In 2011, Alex Avila seemed to come out of nowhere to become one of the best catchers in the American League. He won the Silver Slugger Award, made the All Star Team, put together a wOBA of .384, threw out 32% of base steal attempts and put up a 4.6 fWAR, 5.2 rWAR season. However, that was he pinnacle of his young career and he has come crashing down the last two seasons. It has...
Via The Flagrant Fan
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila Avoids Arbitration

Photo Credit: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Neil Mehta Staff Writer All-Star catcher Alex Avila and the Detriot Tigers have avioded arbitration. The two parties agreed to a 1-year, $4.35 millon contract. There is a option for 2015 for $5.4 millon. The option will only be available if Avila is selected to the All-Star game or if Avila finishes in the top 10 for MVP and Silver Slugger...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers agree to 1-year deal with C Alex Avila

The Detroit Tigers have avoided arbitration with Alex Avila by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with their No. 1 catcher. The Tigers announced the agreement on Friday night. Avila had a .227 batting average with 11 homers and 47 RBIs last season, hitting .303 after the All-Star break. He has a .254 career average with 51 homers and 222 RBIs over 492 games and five seasons...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Avoid Arbitration With Alex Avila

The Tigers announced, via press release, that they have avoided arbitration with catcher Alex Avila by agreeing to a one-year contract for the 2014 season. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Avila receives a $4.15MM salary for 2014, and the Tigers have a $5.4MM club option with a $200K buyout for the 2015 campaign. The option can vest if Avila is named to the 2014 All...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Avila avoids arbitration, keeps Dombrowski's record perfect

Dave Dombrowski's record remains flawless. Since Dombrowski became the Detroit Tigers president and general manager in 2002, he has never had a player go to arbitration. On Friday, catcher Alex Avila signed a one-year deal with an option for 2015. Avila joined fellow arbitration-eligible players Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Al Alburquerque, Austin Jackson and Andy Dirks, who...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers' Titanium Catcher to play it smart

Some call Alex Avila "Titanium Catcher," but the truth is, he's not as invincible as he would like to be. Last season, Avila took a foul tip off his mask in Cleveland on Aug. 8. Initial tests didn't show a concussion, so he played Aug. 10 in New York. Avila then experienced headaches and nausea and went on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. He ended up...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers' Titanium Catcher to play it smart

DETROIT -- Some call Alex Avila "Titanium Catcher," but the truth is, he's not as invincible as he would like to be. Last season, Avila took a foul tip off his mask in Cleveland on Aug. 8. Initial tests didn't show a concussion, so he played Aug. 10 in New York. Avila then experienced headaches and nausea and went on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. He...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Player Previews: C Alex Avila

The year 2014 is here, pitchers and catchers reporting is just six weeks away, and so, it’s time to start looking ahead at what’s expected to be the 25 members of the Tigers’ Opening Day roster. We start the series with a look at the club’s starting catcher, Alex Avila.
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Avila in Tigers lineup for Game 6

Alex Avila is in the starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the AL championship series after being injured in the previous game. The catcher left Game 5 Thursday night in the fourth inning after a home-plate collision and taking a foul ball off his mask. He sprained his left knee when Boston's David Ross ran into him trying unsuccessfully to score in the second...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Avila Gets Destroyed

Alex Avila had a bad bad day. Watch him get absolutely plastered by fellow catcher David Ross of the Red Sox. Ross shows some awesome sportsmanship at the end of this as he pays Avila props with a butt slap. This isn’t the first time Alexa Avila has been roughed up, how about when he nearly burst into flames. Ok, maybe that’s taking it a little far. No views yet
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers' Alex Avila plans to play Saturday with aid of 'some strong pain killers'

It wasn't something they wanted to see but it was something Detroit Tigers fans have seen far too often. Catcher Alex Avila took a big hit. This time it was in the second inning of a pivotal Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross tried to score from third base on a grounder to second. Avila caught the throw from Omar Infante in plenty...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Avila and Catchers Who Get Hit in the Body

Spend enough time around the Detroit Tigers and you’re certain to see Alex Avila take an absolute beating. He took a beating in Thursday’s Game 5 against the Boston Red Sox, having to be removed in the middle in favor of Brayan Pena. The main issue? Avila got run over at the plate by fellow catcher David Ross and wound up with a knee injury. Shortly thereafter, Avila took...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers’ Alex Avila exits with knee injury

The Detroit Tigers are one loss away from going home, and to literally add injury to insult (I know that’s not the phrase, but work with me), Alex Avila had to leave the game early with a knee injury.  Avila suffered a twisted knee in a collision at home plate with David Ross.  He managed to stay in the game initially, but he eventually had to leave. Alex Avila left game with...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers pull beat-up Avila in 4th against Red Sox

The Detroit Tigers have removed banged-up catcher Alex Avila from Game 5 of the AL championship series against the Boston Red Sox with a sprained left knee. Brayan Pena pinch hit for Avila in the 4th inning Thursday night. With Detroit trailing by four runs, Pena grounded into an inning-ending double play with two on in the first postseason at-bat of his nine-year career. Avila...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Avila Leaves Game 5 of ALCS Against Red Sox With Injury, Tigers Say Catcher is ‘Day-to-Day’

Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Thursday night’s Game 4 of the ALCS against the Red Sox in the fourth inning and didn’t return. Avila took at least two blows to the head early in the game, including one in a collision with Red Sox catcher David Ross as the latter was trying to reach home plate. Avila also suffered a strained patella tendon in his left knee in the collision, according...
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

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