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Rookie Catcher James McCann Settling in Impressively as Starter for Detroit Tigers
May 23rd, 2015 at 9:21 AM
When Alex Avila went down a few weeks ago with a knee injury, the Detroit Tigers didn't know what they'd get from James McCann in a starting role. ***VIDEO1*** The catcher, despite all of his positive virtues, is still a rookie. It would be easy for such a player to be overwhelmed...

Alex Avila Will Avoid Surgery on Knee, Preparing Him for Uncertain Return in 2015
May 14th, 2015 at 9:57 AM
Wednesday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers had an announcement to make about the recovery of injured catcher Alex Avila. ***VIDEO1*** Instead of pursuing surgery, Avila will begin a treatment program for his injured knee. The decision was made thanks to a determination by a doctor at the DMC, and was revealed just hours...

Detroit Tigers Injury Notes: Alex Avila to Disabled List; David Price Dinged Up
May 9th, 2015 at 11:27 AM
Though the Detroit Tigers enjoyed an exhilarating come-from-behind 6-5 victory on Friday night over the Kansas City Royals to catapult them back into first place, it didn't come without a bit of a cost. ***VIDEO1*** Saturday, the team announced that catcher Alex Avila would be placed on the 15 day disabled list...

James McCann Will Need to Manage Unique Pressures Well This Season with the Detroit Tigers
April 1st, 2015 at 11:35 AM
This week, the Detroit Tigers paired down their roster, and made what many around the team consider to be the toughest choice of them all at catcher. ***VIDEO1*** Last season's backup and all-around quality team guy Bryan Holaday was sent to Triple-A Toledo. Staying with the team is the intriguing talent of...

Detroit Tigers’ Roster Taking Shape as Tyler Collins, Bryan Holaday Sent to Toledo
March 30th, 2015 at 4:01 PM
The Detroit Tigers are continuing to pair down their roster as spring training winds down, and Monday, two of their cuts were extremely notable. ***VIDEO1*** Both outfielder Tyler Collins and catcher Bryan Holaday are heading to Triple-A Toledo, meaning catcher James McCann and infielders Hernan Perez and Andrew Romine likely have the...

Little Things May Provide Bryan Holaday with Leg up in Detroit Tigers’ Catcher Battle
March 7th, 2015 at 8:36 AM
Friday, the Detroit Tigers were without many of the regulars on their team when they took on the New York Mets. ***VIDEO1*** One person who did make the trip, however, was catcher Bryan Holaday, who drew the start behind the dish. Holiday caught David Price first, but that wasn't exactly the most...

Detroit Tigers’ Catcher Alex Avila Making Some Subtle Yet Meaningful Changes Behind Plate
February 21st, 2015 at 11:59 AM
Nearly ever since his career began, it seems Alex Avila has been fighting issues beyond his control behind the plate. ***VIDEO1*** From notable foul tips to collisions to concussions, it's a struggle to think of a catcher that's taken more of a beating early in his career than Avila has with the...

Report: Detroit Tigers Have Had Discussions with Toronto Blue Jays Regarding Dioner Navarro
February 9th, 2015 at 5:32 PM
The Detroit Tigers don't know what will happen to Victor Martinez, and as a result, they might prefer all their bases to be covered in case Martinez needs plenty of time to heal his injured knee which will soon go under the knife. ***VIDEO1*** From that perspective, Monday afternoon's rumor, courtesy of...

Pressure’s on Catcher Alex Avila to Have a Big Season for Detroit Tigers
January 14th, 2015 at 12:19 PM
In some senses, it wasn't terribly surprising the Detroit Tigers decided to bring back catcher Alex Avila for another season. ***VIDEO1*** The team drafted and developed him, he handles the pitching staff well, and is a respected member of the community. Avila's father Al Avila is also the current assistant general manager....

Report: Detroit Tigers Could Target Houston Astros’ Catchers in Trade
November 20th, 2014 at 2:37 PM
Its been rumored for about a week that the Detroit Tigers weren't necessarily dead-set on bringing back Alex Avila in 2015, despite picking up his player option. ***VIDEO1*** On Thursday, that fact might have been made clear again when word leaked out from Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports that the Tigers...

Detroit Tigers Exercise Alex Avila’s Option, but How Long Will He Actually Stay?
November 17th, 2014 at 3:19 PM
In addition to the bullpen and the outfield, catcher has become a significant offseason question mark for the Detroit Tigers, given the fact that Alex Avila was in limbo. ***VIDEO1*** Monday, the position was in limbo no longer. Detroit announced they were planning to exercise Avila's one year, $5.4 million dollar option,...

A Russell Martin Signing, Though Unlikely, Could Make Sense for Detroit Tigers
October 28th, 2014 at 1:14 PM
The Detroit Tigers already have a catcher on the roster, and his name is Alex Avila. In addition, they've got Bryan Holaday in the fold on the bench. ***VIDEO1*** Knowing this, it would seem that adding a top-flight catcher during the offseason would be a useless free agency move, if not an...

Ian Kinsler, Alex Avila, and Miguel Cabrera are Gold Glove Finalists; Breaking Down the Competition
October 24th, 2014 at 3:43 PM
For much of 2014, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Ian Kinsler would win a Gold Glove award. The second baseman simply turned in that many fantastic plays at his position. ***VIDEO1*** As it turns out, though, Kinsler is just one of three Tigers who are up for Gold Gloves...

Thursday’s Clutch Hitting Exactly What Alex Avila Could Need to Get Going for Detroit Tigers
August 29th, 2014 at 10:36 AM
For months, people have been waiting for Alex Avila to come around at the plate. With an average hanging around .220, it hasn't exactly happened for the catcher. ***VIDEO1*** Thursday, though, Avila showed signs of pulling through his trouble, contributing two important RBI's in a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees....

Humble Ivan Rodriguez’s Significant Place in Detroit Tigers History Still Unmatched
August 3rd, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Even though Ivan Rodriguez didn't want to overstate his role in helping reshape the Detroit Tigers top to bottom on Saturday night, it's clear that his arrival ushered in a new era of positivity with the team. ***VIDEO1*** Prior to Rodriguez arriving in 2004, the Tigers hadn't wooed a major free agent...

As Wins and Hits Pile up, Detroit Tigers’ Bryan Holaday Pushing for Playing Time
June 20th, 2014 at 1:31 PM
Don't expect Detroit Tigers' catcher Bryan Holiday to agree with the notion that he should be playing more routinely. A humble catcher, Holaday is simply doing what he can to help the team on the days he's called upon. ***PHOTO1*** Despite that, though, don't expect the faint cries from fans to grow...

With Nowhere to Hide Him in the Order, Patience is a Virtue for Detroit Tigers and Alex Avila
April 17th, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Being a catcher is the most thankless job around a baseball diamond. Not only is the back stop in charge of his pitching staff, additionally, he's expected to be a major contributor in the order. When that element falls out of whack, a lineup can catch a major cold. ***PHOTO1*** For Alex...

The Detroit Tigers Sign Catcher Alex Avila to One Year Deal
February 4th, 2014 at 7:22 PM
The Detroit Tigers took another sigh of relief last week as they came to a deal with their number one catcher, Alex Avila. ***PHOTO1*** Avila signed with the team for a one year deal worth $4.35 million with an option for 2014 worth $5.4 million. The option will be in effect if...

Alex Avila and Anibal Sanchez Both on the DL
June 17th, 2013 at 4:16 PM
Breaking News - According to Detroit Tigers reporter Rod Allen, Anibal Sanchez and Alex Avila have both been placed on the Disabled List. No official report from the team on how long or exactly what their injuries are. Sanchez has had shoulder soreness prior to Saturday's game but returned to...

Alex Avila’s Ends Slump and Propels Detroit Tigers to Win
May 4th, 2013 at 3:15 PM
***PHOTO1*** Alex Avila can smile again this morning. While the Detroit Tigers catcher might not have admitted it, his recent slump with the bat was bothering him. In a big way. A very big way. It seemed like everyone else on the team was having a record setting month or sitting on...