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  1. Tigers planning to tab Alex Avila as the everyday catcher in 2015

    Nov 29, 2014, 6:05 PM EST

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    2015 is likely to be Alex Avila’s last with the Tigers, but the club plans to use him on a full-time basis while they can.

  2. Tigers pick up Alex Avila’s $5.4 million option

    Nov 17, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

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    Avila has struggled following what looked like a breakout 2011 season, hitting just .229 with a .705 OPS in 342 games since then.

  3. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 23, 2014, 1:47 PM EST

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    On your mark. Get set. Complain!

  4. Alex Avila is not considering retirement despite suffering another concussion

    Oct 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EST

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    Avila takes a beating behind the plate, but says he’s going to play on.

  5. Nelson Cruz gives Orioles a 2-0 lead in ALDS Game 3 with a two-run homer

    Oct 5, 2014, 6:15 PM EST

    Division Series - Baltimore Orioles v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning of ALDS Game 3 against the Tigers thanks to Nelson Cruz’s two-run home run off of David Price.

  6. Alex Avila leaves ALDS Game 3 after taking a foul ball off of his facemask

    Oct 5, 2014, 5:59 PM EST

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    Alex Avila took a foul ball off of his facemask and was forced to leave ALDS Game 3 in the sixth inning.

  7. ALDS Game 3: Orioles vs. Tigers lineups

    Oct 5, 2014, 12:43 PM EST

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    Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the Orioles-Tigers series in Detroit …

  8. ALDS, Game 1: Tigers vs. Orioles lineups

    Oct 2, 2014, 2:48 PM EST

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    Max Scherzer vs. Chris Tillman.

  9. Alex Avila has felt “disoriented” when swinging a bat lately

    Sep 19, 2014, 6:15 PM EST

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    Alex Avila felt disoriented while swinging a bat over the last two days, so he remains out of the Tigers’ lineup and it’s even worth questioning if he’ll be ready for the post-season — assuming the Tigers get there.

  10. Alex Avila out of lineup with lightheadedness after foul tip to mask

    Sep 15, 2014, 5:17 PM EST

    Alex Avila AP

    Avila has suffered multiple concussions since last season and also missed time earlier this month after taking a foul tip off the mask.

  11. Video: Torii Hunter saves two runs on sprawling catch

    Sep 14, 2014, 10:22 AM EST

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    Torii Hunter is 39 years old and his defense has rated very poorly this season in the outfield, but he made a game-saving catch in the Tigers’ 5-4 defeat of the Indians on Saturday night at Comerica Park …

  12. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 14, 2014, 8:58 AM EST

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    The Tigers were trailing the Indians heading into the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday night at Detroit’s Comerica Park and a loss would have put them back behind the Royals — who defeated the Red Sox on Saturday — in the American League Central standings. That’s when Alex Avila came through with probably his biggest hit of what has been a tough 2014 …

  13. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 29, 2014, 6:58 AM EST

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    Yet another protested game in a week full of protests. This one isn’t going anywhere, though.

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 6, 2014, 7:07 AM EST

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    Welcome to the Tigers, David Price. Welcome to the big leagues Javier Baez.

  15. The Tigers scored in all eight innings of their win at home against the Rockies

    Aug 2, 2014, 10:24 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez, Michael McKenry

    The Tigers pulled off a rare feat, scoring once in each offensive inning of their win at home against the Rockies.

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 24, 2014, 7:01 AM EST

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    The Rays stay hot, the Yankees get an assist from Mother Nature and Mike Moustakas showed us how to jar a bar loose from the catcher’s mitt without breaking the home plate collision rules.

  17. Alex Avila back in lineup after concussion scare

    Jun 8, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

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    Alex Avila suffered a “mild concussion” after he was hit in the head by David Ortiz’s backswing on Friday, but he has been cleared to return to action tonight.

  18. Alex Avila suffers concussion after being hit in head by backswing

    Jun 7, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

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    Tigers catcher Alex Avila has a history of concussion issues and he suffered another last night after he was hit in the head by David Ortiz’s backswing.

  19. Brad Ausmus wants Victor Martinez catching again

    Feb 14, 2014, 12:12 PM EST

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    Victor Martinez missed the entire 2012 season with a knee injury and caught only three times all of last season, but two years after his last regular game action behind the plate he’s putting on the gear again this spring. Tom Gage of the Detroit News writes that new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called Martinez…

  20. Tigers avoid arbitration with Alex Avila

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:05 PM EST

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers have avoided arbitration with catcher Alex Avila. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal for 2014 worth $4.15 million. The deal includes a vesting option for 2015 worth $5.4 million with a $200,000 buyout clause. Sherman adds that the option vests if Avila…

  21. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  22. Not everyone is happy about home plate collisions being taken away

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:32 AM EST

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is not a fan of the new rule banning home plate collisions. Indeed he’s so incensed that he decided to mock the idea of protecting athletes whose health and career are put at risk as a result of them: One of the game’s biggest stars — Buster Posey —…

  23. Tigers will be hard-pressed to make big signing this winter

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:10 PM EST

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    The Tigers have made a habit of big splashes in the offseasons. Three years ago, it was Victor Martinez. Then Prince Fielder. Last winter, the Tigers signed both Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter. Those deals have helped them reach the postseason each year, but the ultimate prize has remained out of reach. As the Tigers…

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