ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 18: Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers reacts to striking out as Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers signals first out in the second inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 18, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.
Sometimes you just don't have it and you're trying to do the best you could ... When guys have been as consistent as (Sanchez) has or like Justin has, everybody gets really worried. But I'm pretty confident he'll have a pretty good start his next time around.
He's gotten some strikeouts on the breaking ball, he's gotten some with his changeup and some with his fastball ... When a pitcher locates and is ahead of guys, like he has been lately, he will get guys to chase pitches.
The way he's been throwing it since spring, he's getting some strikeouts with it ... But hitters are starting to recognize that, and therefore, he's getting strikeouts with the sinker and his changeup.More quotes »
Hurting Yankees look overmatched against robust Tigers
specify, but next to Cabrera and Fielder, everyone else on the Tigers would be considered a "little guy." Their No. 8 hitter, Alex Avila, took Shawn Kelley about 25 rows deep into the rightfield seats in the sixth.The home opener at Comerica Park was a party, Read more »
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Anibal Sanchez rocked as Tigers fall to Rangers
through the second surely were. By the third, it was clear Sanchez (4-4) had a full-blown bummer in the works. However, Alex Avila didn't have a good first inning, either. It was Avila's throwing error to second that allowed a stealing Elvis Andrus to get 5/18/13 from Detroit News Online Read more »
Detroit Tigers (23-17) at Texas Rangers (27-15), 8:05 p.m. (ET)
Porcello gave up one run on five hits while striking out six to help the Tigers snapped a two-game skid in a 2-1 victory. Alex Avila and Miguel Cabrera each knocked in a run for Detroit in the win. Cabrera is now batting an MLB-leading .376 after going 3-for-4 5/18/13 from Biloxi Sun Herald Read more »
Rangers’ offense can’t back solid pitching effort in 2-1 loss to Tigers
with the game’s first run. Tepesch then hit Prince Fielder and allowed a single to Victor Martinez to load the bases for Alex Avila, who made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly. The rally fizzled there as Jhonny Peralta struck out, but Tepesch was done after five from Fort Worth Star-Telegram Read more »
Indians hold on to beat Verlander, Tigers 7-6
Indians' Michael Bourn, right, scores past Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila on an Asdrubal Cabrera single in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Saturday, May 11, 2013. Paul Sancya — AP Photo DETROIT — Ubaldo Jimenez outpitched Justin Verlander, from Biloxi Sun Herald Read more »
Three stars: Alex Avila breaks out of slump, Max Scherzer shuts down surging Cleveland Indians
five hits against the red-hot Indians, who entered Friday hitting .319 with 24 homers in their last 11 games. THIRD STAR: ALEX AVILA Tigers manager Jim Leyland wanted Alex Avila to be more aggressive at the plate. And Avila listened. Avila received the green from MLive.com Read more »