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Alex Avila | Catcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Alex Avila delivered a game-winning double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Thursday as the Tigers edged the Yankees 3-2.
Avila also had a sac fly earlier in the game. The double to right came on a first-pitch slider from Shawn Kelley after Kelley struck out two in a row to nearly get himself out of a jam. The Tigers ended up winning two out of three in the series to move into a tie with the Mariners for the second wild card spot in the AL. They're both 72-60, while the Yankees are three games back at 69-63. Aug 28 - 5:11 PM

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Alex Avila finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but the Tigers fell to the Pirates 4-2 on Tuesday.

Avila took Edinson Volquez out to center field for a solo home run in the fourth inning, cutting the Pirates' lead to 3-2 at the time, but that was the extent of the Tigers' offense. Avila has been swinging a better bat as of late, homering in two out of his last six starts, but still has an uninspiring .224/.326/.381 slash line with nine home runs and 33 RBI.
Aug 12 - 10:39 PM

Alex Avila is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Blue Jays.

It's simply a routine day off for the backstop being a day game after a night game. Bryan Holaday will get the start behind the dish and hit eighth against opposing hurler Marcus Stroman.
Aug 9 - 9:59 AM

Alex Avila was the Tigers' hero in Tuesday's win over the Yankees, singling in the tying run in the seventh inning, and breaking a 3-3 tie in the 12th inning with a solo home run.

It's not often the term "hero" has been applicable to Alex Avila this season, but the contributed in a big way on Tuesday. The 27-year-old catcher has a meager .220/.322/.372 slash line with eight home runs and 31 RBI on the year.
Aug 5 - 11:25 PM

Alex Avila will return to the Tigers starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Red Sox.

Avila suffered a minor concussion when he was hit in the head by David Ortiz's backswing during Friday's game and sat out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. He'll hit eighth against opposing hurler John Lackey on Sunday.
Jun 8 - 4:19 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Friday's game that Alex Avila sustained a minor concussion when hit in the head by the backswing of David Ortiz, and that the veteran catcher would not play on Saturday.

It's unclear beyond that how much time Avila may have to miss. Bryan Holaday will serve as the Tigers primary backstop for as long as he remains sidelined.
Jun 7 - 10:28 AM

Alex Avila was removed from Friday's game against the Red Sox in the eighth inning after being hit in the head by the backswing of David Ortiz.

Avila has certainly taken a beating behind the plate this season, and was likely removed as a precautionary measure to be checked for a concussion. Bryan Holaday took his place behind the dish and should be expected to get the start in his place on Saturday.
Jun 6 - 9:36 PM

Alex Avila was able to stay in Thursday after taking a hard foul tip off his mask in the ninth against the A's.

Avila has had concussion issues before -- arising from similar incidents -- and he was clearly in some pain after this one. While he finished out the inning, it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss some time.
May 29 - 7:24 PM

Alex Avila went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

Avila went deep in the fifth inning off of Trevor Bauer, his third of the season. The catcher has been solid behind the dish for the Tigers, slashing .240/.365/.417 in 116 plate appearances.
May 20 - 10:48 PM

Alex Avila returned to the Tigers starting lineup with a bang on Friday, blasting a two-run homer off James Shields.

He finished the night 1-for-3 and also drew a walk. Avila had missed the previous two games due to lower back spasms, which is an injury that could linger and should be monitored moving forward. He's now hitting .226/.349/.358 with one homer and four RBI on the year.
May 3 - 4:47 AM

Alex Avila (back) will remain out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

Avila was scratched from the Tigers' lineup on Tuesday due to lower back spasms. The club is likely targeting Friday after an off day Thursday for Avila's return.
Apr 30 - 12:43 AM

Alex Avila was scratched from the Tigers' lineup on Tuesday night due to lower back spasms.

It's not considered a serious issue. Bryan Holaday will catch Justin Verlander against the White Sox.
Apr 29 - 5:37 PM

Alex Avila is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Twins.

Avila was removed late from Friday's game due to a left shin contusion. The injury doesn't appear to be serious enough to require a trip to the disabled list, but he's likely to get Sunday off as well as a precautionary measure. Bryan Holaday will draw the start behind the dish on Saturday.
Apr 26 - 11:06 AM

It's just a routine day of rest for Avila being a day game after a night game.

Bryan Holaday will get the start behind the dish against opposing southpaw C.J. Wilson. Avila, who is hitting just .182/.308/.242 with no RBI on the season, should return to the lineup on Sunday.
Apr 19 - 9:47 AM

Alex Avila went 0-for-3 and struck out twice against the Padres on Friday.

Avila hit .306 this spring, even though he struck out 22 times in 49 at-bats. The regular season has seen more strikeouts, but no hits to go along with them; he's currently 2-for-19 with 11 strikeouts and four walks in seven games. He'll probably sit out at least one game this weekend with Victor Martinez potentially starting behind the plate.
Apr 12 - 1:04 AM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Hernan Perez
3Andrew Romine
4Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
3Tyler Collins
4Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2David Price
3Justin Verlander
4Anibal Sanchez
5Rick Porcello
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Evan Reed
10Robbie Ray
11Kyle Ryan
12Buck Farmer
13Luke Putkonen
14Bruce Rondon