Tigers discuss which players in clubhouse would make good managers

If you ask the Detroit Tigers if they see any future managers in their clubhouse, you will get two common answers. First, everyone thinks Alex Avila will be good. Second, while they all have suggestions about which teammates would be great skippers, very few of them want to do the job themselves. The conversation started during a pregame discussion with Brad Ausmus. "I can&...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields, Royals outdueled in 5-1 loss to Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rick Porcello outdueled James Shields and the Detroit Tigers won their fifth in a row, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Saturday night. Porcello (12-5) raised his career record against Kansas City to 8-3 while yielding six hits and one run through seven innings. Alex Avila drove in three runs, putting the Tigers in position to go for a four-game sweep on Sunday...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Porcello leads Tigers to fifth straight win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rick Porcello outdueled James Shields and the Detroit Tigers won their fifth in a row, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Saturday night. Porcello (12-5) raised his career record against Kansas City to 8-3 while yielding six hits and one run through seven innings. Alex Avila drove in three runs, putting the Tigers in position to go for a four-game sweep on Sunday...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
17 days ago  |  Discuss

NBC Sports reader claims Alex Avila is tipping pitches

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio Is Alex Avila’s glove smacking the reason behind some of the Tigers’ big arms struggling.  One reader over at NBC Sports seems to think it might be.  Often times when opposing hitters pick up patterns, it’s with the pitcher.  But reader Bill thinks Tigers catcher Alex Avila is tipping pitches by doing something he does 100+ times a game – smacking...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ausmus talks mixing Avila, Jackson in lineup

DETROIT -- During spring training, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus mentioned how critically important it would be to have catcher Alex Avila and center fielder Austin Jackson contribute their fair share offensively. Both were coming of subpar hitting seasons, but had shown significant prowess with the bat earlier in their careers. Jackson, after hitting .307 through April, has...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.69: Royals at Tigers

Well, the Royals come into Comerica today with brooms in hand, as the Tigers try to get back that wining feeling. The Royals have actually already swept the series proper: today’s game is a makeup of an April rainout. Don’t you wish they’d played it then? After today’s game the Tigers fly to Cleveland for a 3-game series. Brad Ausmus says “boy will our arms be tired!...
Via Tigers Weblog
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Alex Avila tipping the Tigers’ pitches?

Fans and the Tigers alike continue to look for answers when it comes to the team’s nearly month and a half long free fall. During that time the offense has gone silent but perhaps most importantly Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer have been getting lit up by opposing pitchers which again leaves many wondering what the hell is going on? Could it be mechanics? A string of bad luck...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Tigers have lost patience

The Detroit Tigers have gone 3-8 thus far in June. The team's lead atop the American League Central has shrunk from seven games on May 19 to a game and a half on June 14th. Pitching has been the primary culprit with mixed results from the starters and the bullpen. But the offense is not exactly clicking on all cylinders either. And the biggest problem to be found with the offense...
Via The Flagrant Fan
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Notes: Avila back in starting lineup Sunday

DETROIT -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila may still be a baseball magnet but he's doing fine. Two nights after getting caught in the mask by David Ortiz's backswing and leaving the game, Avila was back in the lineup for Sunday night's game. "I don't think I was that concerned when I came out of the game," Avila said. "The last time I had a concussion I was...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila Returns To Tigers Lineup For Sunday Night Baseball

The #detroit tigers lost #alex avila to a mild concussion in Friday night’s 6-2 victory over the #boston red sox. Avila was hit twice in the head during the game and after taking a hit from a back swing, was removed from the game. Backup catcher #bryan holaday was effective in place of Avila, collecting a triple and a run in his only at bat Friday night. Holaday was also...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Alex Avila suffers concussion

The Detroit Tigers won the first of a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox on Friday by the score of 6-2. The win improved the American League Central leading Tigers to 32-25 on the season. The Tigers suffered a scare in the eighth inning when catcher Alex Avila was hit in the head by David Ortiz's back swing.#494514245 / gettyimages.comAs reported by D.J. Short at NBCSports...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila out of action with 'mild concussion' after being hit with backswing

Alex Avila did not finish the game. He will not play in the next one either. Beyond that, well, stay tuned. Avila left the game in the eighth inning of his team's 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night after being hit in the helmet with the follow-through of a swing by Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Avila to miss Saturday's game after hit to head

DETROIT -- Alex Avila has enough trouble staying healthy, given the number of times he gets hit by foul balls. Friday, it was a bat that sent him to the sidelines. Avila left Detroit's 6-2 victory over the Red Sox in the eighth inning after being hit in the head by David Ortiz's follow-through and will miss at least Saturday's game. "We're going to keep an eye...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Papi gives Alex Avila concussion, concussion test

David Ortiz’s back swing got Alex Avila in the head, because Alex Avila. Avila was visibly shaken up from the blow to the head, causing trainer Kevin Rand and skipper Brad Ausmus to rush to his aid. Behind Rand’s real training, Big Papi administered his own stupid concussion test [via The Score]: Avila did not pass Papi’s Rand’s test, as he was replaced by Brayan Holaday...
Via Detroit4lyfe
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers might have uncovered a third-round gem in Grayson Greiner

DETROIT -- The Tigers have a simple philosophy on Day Two of the draft -- pick players with major-league potential without worrying about needs or positions. So, while their pick of Grayson Greiner doesn't mean they are worried about Alex Avila, they do think they might have uncovered a third-round gem. At 6'6", Greiner is exceptionally big for a catcher, and his skills...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Farrell's Fantasy Baseball Frenzy

Dennis Farrell gives his weekly waiver wire update, including his top picks for Week 9 such as Tigers catcher Alex Avila, Conor Gillaspie, Mitch Moreland and Gordon Beckham.   Dennis Farrell is a former ESPN Radio, NBC Sports Radio Detroit host and is currently the host of fantasy sports shows on The Fantasy Sports Cable network, airing on Thursdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. EST. ...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila gets foul tipped again (again)

This happens a lot to Alex Avila. In fact, it’s the one-year anniversary of losing one of his future sons in Texas. At least this time it came in a win, a win that helped the Tigers sweep the Red Sox at Fenway in a three-game series for the first since 1983.
Via Detroit4lyfe
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Be happy you’re not Alex Avila with an ice bag on your junk today (Video)

How’s your Monday going? Probably a lot better than Alex Avila’s. The Detroit Tigers catcher took a foul tip off the nuts on Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox. That’s probably the only time he wishes one of Boston’s players — in this case Shane Victorino — actually got a hold of the pitch. […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers catcher Alex Avila takes foul tip to the testicular region (video)

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila probably had his life — or at least the prospect of the long-term well-being of his scrotal area — flash before his eyes during the fifth inning of his team’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday. During Shane Victorino’s at-bat in the fifth, the Red […] The post Tigers catcher Alex Avila takes foul tip to the testicular...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Alex Avila takes foul tip straight to the nuts

via Vine Alex Avila takes more foul tips of the mask than any other catcher in the history of baseball.  Ok, I made that up.  Sunday night against the Red Sox, he would have been so lucky to take one off the mask.  A Shane Victorino foul ball gave him an instant stomach ache and made his throat dry.  Have you been there?  It isn’t a good feeling. My stomach hurts just watching...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila Took A Foul Ball Straight to His Manhood

Alex Avila seems to take the most damage and hurt out of any catcher in baseball, and Sunday’s game against the Red Sox was just another chapter in his painful MLB career. Avila took a foul tip off the bat of Shane Victorino straight into his junk during the fifth inning of Sunday’s series finale between the Tigers and Sox, and it didn’t look like too much fun. I have to imagine...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Alex Avila Throws Out Dexter Fowler on Challenged Call at Second

The Detroit Tigers caught a break in the ninth inning of their 2-0 win over Houston on Monday, as the Astros’ Dexter Fowler attempted — and failed — to advance from first to second on a pitch in the dirt. Alex Avila blocked closer Joe Nathan’s low delivery, then gunned Fowler at second on a close play. The Astros challenged that Fowler had beaten the throw, but the call was...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Updates: Alex Avila, Anibal Sanchez

Catcher Alex Avila, who bruised his shin in a play at the plate on Friday night in Minnesota, was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox with back spasms, reports Jason Beck of, but is available for pinch-hitting duties. Avila was replaced by Bryan Holaday.RHP Anibal Sanchez, on the 15-day DL as of April 27 with a blister on his right middle...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers catcher Alex Avila day to day with shin injury

The Detroit Tigers improved to 12-8 on the season following a 10-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. A seven-run third inning for the Tigers blew the game open. Catcher Alex Avila injured his shin in the second and left after the fourth with the Tigers ahead 9-1. Bryan Holaday replaced him to start the fifth inning. As reported by Patrick Donnelly of
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Addressing the Alex Avila problem

Almost a month into the 2014 Major League Baseball season, the Detroit Tigers have yet to find a way to score runs on a consistent basis. In 17 games, Detroit has failed to score more than two runs on eight occasions and are 2-6 in those games. The struggles of Miguel Cabrera and the lack of offensive contribution at the shortstop position could be seen as the main reason for these...
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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