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  1. Video: Tigers catcher James McCann jumps into the netting behind home plate to make catch

    May 20, 2015, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Check out this fantastic defensive play Wednesday night from Tigers catcher James McCann …

  2. Tigers catcher Alex Avila decides against knee surgery; return timetable uncertain

    May 14, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    Alex Avila

    James McCann will serve as the Tigers’ primary catcher in Avila’s absence.

  3. Tigers catcher Alex Avila shut down with “loose bodies” in his knee

    May 9, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    James McCann figures to see most of the action behind the plate.

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 4, 2015, 7:24 AM EDT

    Evan Gattis

    Some late-inning heroics. Extra-innings heroics, actually. Like baseball is some kind of gosh darned after hours club or something.

  5. Royals’ bullpen blows no-hit bid in the eighth inning against the Tigers

    May 1, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT

    Chris Young

    The Royals are trying to no-hit the Tigers in Friday night’s game. Chris Young started and pitched five productive innings before giving way to the bullpen.

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

    Apr 9, 2015, 7:04 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Six shutouts on Wednesday. Hope your day went better.

  7. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 7, 2015, 6:20 AM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Opening Day — real Opening Day, not that phony baloney Sunday night rebop — happened yesterday.

  8. 2015 Preview: Detroit Tigers

    Mar 16, 2015, 1:14 PM EDT

    Brad Ausmus

    Can the Tigers win a fifth straight AL Central title?

  9. UPDATE: Blue Jays, Tigers haven’t talked about Dioner Navarro

    Feb 9, 2015, 7:02 PM EDT

    Casey Janssen, Dioner Navarro

    Navarro hit .274 with 12 homers and a .712 OPS in 139 games last season .

  10. Victor Martinez could catch early in the season

    Jan 30, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    The lack of a DH and the health of Miguel Cabrera are the determining factors.

  11. Alex Avila switching to hockey-style catcher mask due to concussions

    Jan 26, 2015, 8:16 PM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    Avila is making a change in hopes of avoiding future concussions.

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

    Nov 29, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Nov 17, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alex Avila

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

  14. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 23, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

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    On your mark. Get set. Complain!

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

    Oct 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

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

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

    Oct 5, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Oct 5, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

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

  18. ALDS Game 3: Orioles vs. Tigers lineups

    Oct 5, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

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

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

    Oct 2, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Max Scherzer vs. Chris Tillman.

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

    Sep 19, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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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.

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

    Sep 15, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Sep 14, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT

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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 …

  23. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 14, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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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 …

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