Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
13 hours ago

Avila is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Avila recorded just his third hit since the All-Star break Monday night, and with southpaw Danny Duffy taking the hill for Kansas City, the backstop will head to the bench for a night off. James McCann will assume catching duties for the evening.

Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
2 days ago

Avila will catch and bat seventh Monday against the Royals, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Tigers aren't resting any regulars in the series opener, so it appears that Avila's move from the No. 2 to No. 7 spot in the order could be more than a one-time arrangement. It's difficult to argue with manager Brad Ausmus' decision to switch things up, as Avila has accrued just two hits in his last 22 at-bats, while Alex Presley, who will hit second Monday, is coming off back-to-back three-hit games.

Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
3 days ago

Avila is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Twins are bringing the left-handed Adalberto Mejia to the hill, so Avila will bow out of the lineup for the second time in four games, opening up a start at catcher for James McCann. Third baseman Nick Castellanos will move into the two hole while Avila is on the bench.

Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
6 days ago

Avila is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against Kansas City, Evan Woodbery of the MLive Media Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

With left-hander Danny Duffy going up against the Tigers, Avila will head to the bench in favor of James McCann. Avila went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts during Wednesday's contest, and gets a rest for the fourth time in the past six games.

Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
1 week ago

Avila is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Royals, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has started 11 of the last 12 games, and has emerged as a trade target for competing teams, most notably the Chicago Cubs. James McCann will start behind the dish and hit eighth.

Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
1 week ago

Avila will start at catcher and bat eighth Monday against the Royals, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Brad Ausmus usually resists keeping Avila in the lineup against lefty pitchers, but the catcher will draw the start Monday due to his previous success against Royals southpaw Jason Vargas. In 16 career at-bats versus the left-hander, Avila has produced five hits, including two home runs.

Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
1 week ago

Avila is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Avila's absence from the lineup Saturday wasn't surprising with lefty Francisco Liriano starting for the Blue Jays, but it's more of a mystery why the high-performing catcher is sitting Sunday with right-hander Marco Estrada on the mound for the opposition. Perhaps manager Brad Ausmus just wanted to keep most of the Tigers' starting nine from Saturday's 11-run eruption intact for a second straight game, as James McCann receives another nod behind the plate.

Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
2 weeks ago

Avila is not in the lineup Saturday against Toronto.

EDGE Analysis

Avila will get a regular day off after going 1-for-4 during Friday's game. In his place, James McCann sets up behind the plate while batting eighth.

Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
3 weeks ago

Avila is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants, Chris McCosky of Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

After starting the past three games, Avila will take a seat for the third game of a four-game set against San Francisco. In his place, James McCann is set to take the duties behind the plate while batting eighth.

Álex Ávila
C/1B DET
4 weeks ago

Avila is not in the lineup for game one of Saturday's doubleheader against Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

Avila will sit after starting the past two games behind the dish. With the doubleheader on tap for Detroit on Saturday, it was to be expected that the 30-year-old would sit one of the games, as he's likely to be back in the lineup for the second contest.