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Alex Avila scratched from Game 4 of World Series because of lingering right wrist soreness

Oct 28, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Tigers have scratched catcher Alex Avila from their starting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series due to lingering discomfort in his right wrist.

Avila was struck on the wrist by a foul tip while catching in Game 1 out in San Francisco and has recorded just one hit since. Gerald Laird will start in his place against Giants right-hander Matt Cain.

Avila, 25, batted .243/.352/.384 with nine home runs and 48 RBI in 116 games during the regular season. Laird, 32, hit .282/.337/.374 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 63 games as his backup.

The Tigers are trying to avoid a sweep. Game 4 is scheduled to get underway just after 8 p.m. ET.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 28, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Damn.

    • sailcat54 - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Not a big fan of Laird, I take it?

      • historiophiliac - Oct 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        Uh, no. I know you can’t tell from the last few games, but he is our weak link (well, behind Valverde of late).

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