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Alex Avila’s fifth-inning shot gives Tigers two-run cushion

Oct 6, 2012, 8:04 PM EST

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Tigers catcher Alex Avila played through an injured knee last postseason and wound up batting just .073/.116/.146 in 44 plate appearances. It appears he’ll be much more of a contributor this time around.

The 25-year-old launched a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning of tonight’s ALDS Game 1 against the Athletics, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Even more positive for Detroit is that starter Justin Verlander appears to have settled in. He’s already up to 105 pitches but has allowed just three hits and fanned nine. The ace struck out the side in the top of the sixth inning. To the bottom of the sixth we go.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 6, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Waaahooooooo!

  2. randygnyc - Oct 6, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Verlander= Mac daddy boss!!

  3. nflfollower - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Tigers get the win even though their big bats didn’t hurt the A’s. That’s a good sign if you are a Detroit fan.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      And Valverde didn’t even have me pacing the floor for once.

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