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13 Alex Avila C
Height/Weight: 5-11/210 | Birthdate: 1/29/1987 | Birthplace: Hialeah, FL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Detroit | College: Alabama | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $2,950,000 | Owned/Started%: 19/12 | Average Draft Position: 258.27
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Alex Avila showing signs offensively


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila could be poised for a strong second half, manager Brad Ausmus told the Detroit Free Press. Avila batted .275 over a 25-game stretch before going hitless Wednesday.

"He’s starting to swing the bat better," Ausmus said. "We were just talking about that in the coaches room. He’s been swinging the bat better, and I know he had a strong second half last year. We’re hoping he’s trending towards that again, because that would be a big boost to the bottom half of the lineup and the left side."

For the year, Avila is hitting .226 with six homers and 21 RBI in 212 at-bats.


Alex Avila returns to starting lineup Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila returned to the starting lineup Sunday night against the Red Sox. Avila took a backswing off the helmet Friday and sat out Saturday as a precaution. He is hitting eighth in the order. Avila owns a .217/.341/.370 slash line in 138 at-bats.

Alex Avila feeling fine after mild concussion


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was held out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox, but told manager Brad Ausmus he felt well enough to play after passing the standard concussion protocol.

"He said he felt good, said he could play, no headache or anything," Ausmus said. "But he's not playing."

Avila showed no symptoms after taking a backswing off the helmet Friday, and could be back Sunday for the series finale. He needs to get through a full pregame workout before being cleared to play, and the team will continue to take a cautious approach with him.


Alex Avila set to sit Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) A minor concussion will force Tigers catcher Alex Avila to the bench for the Saturday night game against Boston.

Avila was forced out of the Friday game after taking a backswing to the head off the bat of David Ortiz.


Alex Avila exits game with head injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was forced out of Friday's game against the Red Sox with an apparent head injury.

Avila was struck in the head by David Ortiz's backswing in the eighth inning. He was taken out of the game as a precaution and replaced by Bryan Holaday. Avila went 1 for 3 before exiting and owns a .217/.341/.370 slash line in 138 at-bats.


Alex Avila homers for second straight game Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Despite not being in the starting lineup Wednesday, Tigers catcher Alex Avila knocked his second home run in as many games in his team's 11-10 loss to the Indians.

Avila entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 11th but didn't do his damage until the 13th inning, when he broke a 9-9 tie with a solo home run. He has hit .245/.368/.449 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 98 at-bats.


Bryan Holaday in, Alex Avila out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Tigers backup catcher Bryan Holaday is in the lineup Thursday for the first time in a week. He is replacing starter Alex Avila for the afternoon game in Cleveland.

Holaday has performed well when given the chance. He has four multi-hit games in four of his last seven starts and boasts a .303 batting average.


Alex Avila blasts third home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila went 2 for 2 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 6-2 loss to the Indians Tuesday.

Avila has struck out plenty this season, but he has also drawn a walk in six of his last eight games. He has hit .240/.365/.417 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 96 at-bats.


Alex Avila gets a breather Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was not in the starting lineup Thursday.

Avila will be replaced by Bryan Holaday behind the plate. Avila should return to action Friday. In 66 at-bats, Avila is hitting .227.


Alex Avila launches another home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila launched his second home run in as many days on Sunday, leading his team to a comfortable 9-4 win over the Royals in Kansas City.

Avila took starter Jason Vargas deep for a two-run home run in the fifth inning for his only hit of the afternoon. He finished 1 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI. He has two hits in his first eight at-bats, registering four RBI over his last two games. He is hitting .224 with two homers and six RBI in 58 at-bats.

Tigers get Alex Avila back for Friday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila has returned to the lineup Friday in Kansas City after being absent since April 26 with a back problem. He is set to bat eighth.

Avila is hitting .220 with just two RBI in 50 at-bats.


Alex Avila expected to return Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was feeling better Wednesday as he continues to recover from a back issue, and both he and manager Brad Ausmus expect him to return to the lineup Friday, MLive.com reports.

"He said he's feeling better," Ausmus said Wednesday. "We're hoping with the off day tomorrow that he'll be ready to play on Friday."

Avila has yet to homer this season while posting a .220/.339/.300 line in 50 at-bats.


Alex Avila again sidelined Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) What was expected has become reality: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is out of the lineup against the White Sox on Wednesday.

Avila has been sidelined the last three games with a back issue. He has been replaced Wednesday with Bryan Holaday.


Alex Avila won't be available Wednesday either


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila will miss Wednesday's game against the White Sox, his second straight due to back spasms. He was initially expected to be available as a pinch-hitter despite sitting out Tuesday, but manager Brad Ausmus told MLB.com he was unavailable for a ninth-inning opportunity. 

Alex Avila scratched with back spasms


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was back in the lineup initially for Tuesday's game against the White Sox, after overcoming a shin injury. Unfortunately, he was a late scratch due to back spasms, with Bryan Holaday replacing him in the lineup. 

Alex Avila back in starting lineup Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the White Sox after he was unable to start Saturday's game with a shin injury. Avila, who did come off the bench Saturday, is batting .290 (9 for 31) with two RBI and four doubles in his last 10 games.

Alex Avila sitting out Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was not in the team's starting lineup Saturday against the Twins.

Avila is dealing with a shin injury, which will keep him sidelined for the game. He left Friday's game with the injury, and is considered day-to-day. Bryan Holaday will start at catcher.


Alex Avila leaves with shin contusion


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was forced out of Friday's game against the Twins in the middle innings, due to a bruised left shin. The team announced he is day to day moving forward. 

Alex Avila sitting Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

Avila will be replaced by Bryan Holaday behind the plate. Avila is receiving a normal day of rest. He should return to the lineup Sunday.


Tigers unveil opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his opening day lineup for Monday's game against the Royals. Second baseman Ian Kinsler will hit leadoff and be followed by right fielder Torii Hunter, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, DH Victor Martinez, center fielder Austin Jackson, catcher Alex Avila, third baseman Nick Castellanos, shortstop Alex Gonzalez and left field Rajai Davis.

Jackson has primarily hit leadoff in his career, but after the spring he put together, Ausmus made the decision to hit him in the heart of the order. Jackson hit .429 (24 for 56) with two triples, two home runs, five doubles, 14 RBI and 17 runs in 18 spring games.

"The way Austin Jackson hit this spring, he was the best option to bat fifth," Ausmus said.


Alex Avila gets the start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila will start behind the plate Thursday, according to mlive.com.

Avila missed the team's previous two games due to back spasms. He also missed workouts last week due to the injury. Avila was cleared to begin workouts again Monday, and has made enough progress that he's ready to play in games.

Avila hit .227/.317/.376 in 330 at-bats.


Alex Avila cleared to resume workouts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was cleared to return to workouts Monday after missing the last few days due to back spasms, according to MLB.com.

Alex Avila expects to take part in practice Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila expects to take part in practice Monday, according to mlive.com.

Avila is dealing with back spasms, and has sat out the past two days. He admitted that he would play through the issue if it were the regular season. Avila hit .227/.317/.376 in 330 at-bats last year.


Alex Avila sitting out Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is sitting out Sunday, according to mlive.com.

Avila is dealing with back spasms, and missed Saturday due to the issue. Avila hit just .227/.317/.376 in 330 at-bats last season.


Tigers, Alex Avila avoid arbitration with one-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) The Tigers and catcher Alex Avila have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. The deal is for $4.15 million and includes an option for 2015 worth $5.4 million that comes with a $200,000 buyout, the New York Post reports.

Avila was in his second year of arbitration eligibility this season. He hit .227/.317/.376 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 330 at-bats last season.