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    Major League Baseball

    2015 Avg.
    .200
     
    Career Avg.
    .245
    Name  Alex Avila
    Born  1/29/1987
    Height  5-11
    Weight  210
    Number  13
    Position  C
    Bats  L
    Throws  R
    5/8/2015 7:29:00 PM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila was scratched Friday.
    Insight: He is dealing with a right forearm contusion. James McCann took his place. Consider Avila day-to-day.
     
    5/6/2015 4:44:00 PM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday versus the White Sox.
    Insight: Backup catcher James McCann has played pretty well this season, so manager Brad Ausmus doesn't mind resting Avila a little bit more than usual. Avila is hitting .214/.362/.339 with two home runs and eight RBI in 56 at-bats this season.
     
    4/26/2015 12:13:00 PM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Indians.
    Insight: The Tigers have used backup catcher James McCann quite a bit this month as a way to keep Avila fresh. Overall, Avila owners should like that, but it means he is going to miss more games than usual.
     
    3/11/2015 2:55:00 PM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Wednesday's game with lower back stiffness according to the team's twitter page.
    Insight: Avila will be evaluated after the game. He was an up-and-coming offensive catcher a few years ago, and although he has improved his defense, his offensive numbers have fallen off the table. He hit .218/.327/.359 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 390 at-bats last season.
     
    10/5/2014 6:44:00 PM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday with a potential concussion according to MLB.com.
    Insight: Avila took a foul tip off his mask, which the catcher has gotten concussions from before. We wish Avila the best, but it does not look good. He may be done for the series if there is a Game 4 and 5.
     
    9/22/2014 6:51:00 PM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is back in the starting lineup on Monday.
    Insight: Avila took batting practice and played in a simulated game on Sunday without any setbacks, so doctors cleared him to return. Avila missed over a week due to post-concussion issues. He is catching and batting seventh against the White Sox on Monday.
     
    9/19/2014 7:14:00 PM
    Description: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that catcher Alex Avila (concussion) felt "disoriented" when he tried to take some swings on Thursday and Friday.
    Insight: Avila is out Friday for the 10th time in the last 17 games due to post-concussion symptoms. At this point, Avila cannot be counted on to return before the end of the regular season.
     
    9/17/2014 4:48:00 PM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila (head) is still not in the lineup for Detroit on Wednesday.
    Insight: He took a foul ball off his mask Sunday, and with a history of concussion problems, Detroit is not taking any chances. Bryan Holaday will continue to handle the catching duties during Avila's absence.
     
    9/15/2014 4:55:00 PM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup tonight.
    Insight: It is just a routine day off for Detroit's everyday catcher. Avila has not produced much offensively in 2014 (.223 BA, 11 HR and 47 RBI), but is critical to the Tigers' success behind the plate. He should be back tomorrow. Bryan Holaday gets the start Monday night, for ace Max Scherzer.
     
    9/14/2014 9:39:00 AM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila hit a two-run home run to lift the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday.
    Insight: Avila took Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw deep in the bottom of the eighth with the Tigers trailing 4-3. Avila went 1-for-3, and the homer kept the Tigers a half game ahead of the Royals in the AL Central. The catcher is batting .222/.329/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI this season.
     
    9/6/2014 10:30:00 AM
    Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila is out again Saturday as he continues to deal with concussion-like symptoms.
    Insight: Avila passed a concussion test, but the Tigers are being extra cautious because of his concussion past. James McCann will start behind the plate.
     
    9/4/2014 3:40:00 PM
    Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila is out for the second straight game on Thursday after getting hit in the mask with a foul ball on Tuesday.
    Insight: Avila passed a concussion test, but the Tigers are being extra cautious because of his concussion past. Bryan Holaday will catch against Cleveland on Thursday.
     
    8/28/2014 4:53:00 PM
    Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila went 1-for-3 with a walk-off single against the New York Yankees on Thursday.
    Insight: It was nice to see Avila produce in the clutch, but the catcher is hitting .196 since the All-Star break, so we would not expect him to be in many lineups going forward.
     
    8/15/2014 4:05:00 PM
    Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila is not in Friday's starting lineup. Bryan Holaday will be behind the plate.
    Insight: Avila has gone 6-for-19 (.315) with two homers over the past five games.
     
    8/13/2014 10:23:00 PM
    Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila has gone 11-for-36 with three doubles and three homers in August.
    Insight: He's homered in back-to-back games. The backstop hit .208 or worse in three of the first four months this season.
     
    6/8/2014 4:31:00 PM
    Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila is back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game with a mild concussion. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
    Insight: He's starting at catcher rather than DHing so the Tigers must be pretty confident he's at full strength. With that said, Avila should be avoided in fantasy as he's just 1-for-9 against tonight's starting pitcher, John Lackey.
     
    6/7/2014 5:11:00 PM
    Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila has a mild concussion, according to mlive.com.
    Insight: David Ortiz hit Avila in the head with his backswing Friday night. Manager Brad Ausmus said after Friday's game that the team thought Avila would be fine by Saturday, though he added that Avila won't play tonight regardless.
     
    6/6/2014 9:44:00 PM
    Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila left Friday's game against Boston after getting hit in the head by David Ortiz. SOURCE: Jason Mastrodonato, Springfield Republican
    Insight: Ortiz made contact with Avila on his backswing. Bryan Holaday (.271, 0 HR, 5 RBI) has taken over behind the plate.
     
    5/14/2014 11:26:00 AM
    Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is getting the day off Wednesday against Baltimore. SOURCE: Tigers on Twitter
    Insight: Avila hasn't been a factor yet this season, hitting just .225 across 80 at bats. Bryan Holaday (.276, 0 HR, 4 RBI) will get the nod at catcher.
     
    5/9/2014 12:01:00 PM
    Description: Detroit catcher Alex Avila is just 1-for-11 in his career against Twins starter Phil Hughes.
    Insight: Avila hasn't given fantasy owners much this season, driving in just six runs while hitting 26 points below his career average. Friday's matchup with Hughes won't make life any easier for Avila or his fantasy owners.
     

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      Watch & Win: Ticket to the Tampa Bay Rowdies

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      • Slightly less humid across Tampa Bay

        Slightly less humid across Tampa Bay

        Thursday, May 28 2015 3:43 AM EDT2015-05-28 07:43:38 GMT
        Fewer storms will develop this afternoon as drier air arrives in the Tampa Bay area. There's just a 20% chance of a late-day shower near the coast.
        Slightly lower humidity means a nearly dry day across Tampa Bay. Rain chances return by the weekend.
      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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