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    2014 Avg.
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    Career Avg.
    .276
    Name  Andy Dirks
    Born  1/24/1986
    Height  6-0
    Weight  195
    Number  33
    Position  LF
    Bats  L
    Throws  L
    3/4/2014 5:30:00 PM
    Description: Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks needs back surgery and will likely miss 12 weeks, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com.
    Insight: Dirks hit .256 with nine homers, 37 RBI and a .686 OPS in 131 games last season, down from .322 (boosted by a .365 BABIP), eight home runs, 35 RBI and an .857 OPS in 2012. His absence will lead to more at-bats for expected platoon partner Rajai Davis.
     
    10/14/2013 3:59:00 PM
    Description: Tigers manager Jim Leyland told ESPN's Buster Olney that Andy Dirks is likely to start in left field Tuesday in Game 3 against the Red Sox.
    Insight: Left field has been a rotating door for the Tigers this postseason. Jhonny Peralta started their in Game 1 with Don Kelly getting the nod Sunday in Game 2. Dirks is hitless in three at bats this postseason, though he has managed to score two runs.
     
    8/15/2013 9:57:00 PM
    Description: Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles Thursday against Kansas City.
    Insight: Dirks was 0-for-8 in his previous two contests. He's hitting .417 against the Royals this season (10-for-24).
     
    7/21/2013 7:24:00 PM
    Description: Detroit left fielder Andy Dirks ended the first half in a 9-for-48 (.188) slump, but he has gone 4-for-10 over his first three games after the break.
    Insight: Dirks went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday. He's only hitting .248, but he has been incredibly unfortunate to post a .287 BABIP despite hitting line drives at a rate close to 27 percent.
     
    6/15/2013 11:03:00 AM
    Description: Detroit left fielder Andy Dirks (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
    Insight: Dirks is dealing with knee soreness and now with Austin Jackson back from the disabled list isn't going to get as much playing time and certainly won't leadoff anymore. His fantasy value has taken a big hit.
     
    6/12/2013 6:00:00 PM
    Description: Detroit left fielder Andy Dirks (knee) is not expected to return to the lineup until Saturday, according to MLive.com.
    Insight: Dirks is dealing with knee soreness. He didn't play for Wednesday's day game and won't play Friday against left-hander Scott Diamond. The Tigers have Thursday off. "He's going to get three days off, and that's a good thing," Leyland said. "I think his knees are a little sore. He will have today off, obviously tomorrow off -- we're all off -- and then the first pitcher in Minnesota's a left-hander, so that should freshen him up good. That works out good."
     
    Hot5/13/2013 10:31:00 PM
    Description: Detroit left fielder Andy Dirks slugged a grand slam Monday against Houston.
    Insight: Dirks has swatted three homers in his last seven contests after hitting just one in his first 23 games. His batting average has jumped from .200 to .260 over that stretch.
     
    5/5/2013 7:49:00 PM
    Description: Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks smashed his second home run of the season Sunday in a 9-0 victory over Houston.
    Insight: Dirks finished the afternoon 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. A breakout star last season (.322 AVG in 88 games), Dirks has struggled to regain form in 2013 (.243, 2 HR, 7 RBI). Perhaps Sunday is a sign that Dirks is ready to get back on track.
     
    4/29/2013 10:43:00 PM
    Description: Detroit outfielder Andy Dirks had two hits, including a solo homer, in three at-bats Monday versus Minnesota.
    Insight: Dirks came in homerless in 48 at-bats this year and is hitting .196 after Monday's effort.
     
    4/27/2013 10:34:00 AM
    Description: Detroit outfielder Andy Dirks missed Friday's game against Atlanta and is questionable for Saturday's matchup with a sore right knee.
    Insight: The injury to Dirks allowed Matt Tuiasosopo a starting opportunity and he made the most of it with a home run and five RBI in Friday night's 10-0 shutout of Atlanta.
     
    10/27/2012 7:23:00 PM
    Description: Detroit outfielder Andy Dirks has returned to the starting lineup for Saturday night's Game 3 of the World Series. He'll bat sixth and get the start in right field.
    Insight: With the DH position unavailable in San Francisco, manager Jim Leyland chose to have Delmon Young start in the outfield with Dirks coming off the bench. Overall, Dirks is hitting .243 this postseason in 37 at bats.
     
    9/20/2012 6:55:00 PM
    Description: Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is having his worst month of the season but he did contribute two hits and a solo homer Thursday against Oakland.
    Insight: Dirks has five hits in eight at-bats over his last two games after starting off September 8-for-47 (.170). Dirks hit .343 with a .912 OPS in May, missed June and July with an Achilles' tendon injury and then hit .341 with an .895 OPS in August.
     
    9/8/2012 8:25:00 PM
    Description: A 1-for-16 slump has Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks sitting on the bench Saturday night in Los Angeles.
    Insight: Dirks had a fine August (.341 average in 85 at bats) but has struggled to keep that momentum going in September. Ryan Raburn (.171, 1 HR, 12 RBI) has been inserted into the lineup in Dirks' place.
     
    8/24/2012 6:35:00 PM
    Description: Detroit left fielder Andy Dirks won't be participating in Friday night's series opener against the Angels.
    Insight: Dirks (.330, 5 HR, 23 RBI) has recorded a hit in 15 of his 17 starts since coming off of the disabled list earlier this month.
     
    8/4/2012 11:39:00 AM
    Description: Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks, who just returned on Friday from an Achilles injury, is unlikely to be in Saturday's starting lineup with a career .133 batting average (2-for-15) against Cleveland hurler Ubaldo Jimenez.
    Insight: Dirks' return from the disabled list could limit playing time for Quinton Berry (.282, 2 HR, 23 RBI) and Brennan Boesch (.246, 11 HR, 45 RBI) going forward.
     
    8/3/2012 4:18:00 PM
    Description: Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks, out since June with an Achilles injury, has been activated from the disabled list. He's starting in right field and batting sixth Friday night against the Indians.
    Insight: Dirks' presence in the lineup could limit playing time for Quinton Berry (.282, 2 HR, 23 RBI) and Brennan Boesch (.246, 11 HR, 45 RBI) going forward.
     
    6/17/2012 7:16:00 PM
    Description: According to Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Sunday that outfielder Andy Dirks (Achilles) may not return until around the All-Star break.
    Insight: Initially, the Tigers were hoping to have Dirks back in the outfield last Friday, but his timetable was extended last week as the Achilles injury has not improved much.
     
    6/15/2012 6:06:00 PM
    Description: Detroit OF/DH Andy Dirks (Achilles) is not close to returning, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, according to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News.
    Insight: The Tigers were hoping to have Dirks back in the outfield Friday, but his Achilles injury is lingering. Dirks was examined by an ankle specialist Friday morning, but Leyland said he's "not doing good."
     
    6/13/2012 7:35:00 PM
    Description: Detroit OF/DH Andy Dirks (Achilles) is unlikely to come off the disabled list Friday when he is first eligible, according to the Detroit Free Press.
    Insight: Tigers manager Jim Leyland had hoped to have Dirks back in left field Friday, but that is unlikely now. Dirks will likely assume the second spot in Detroit's batting order when he returns, which is a prime spot for fantasy production.
     
    6/3/2012 2:02:00 PM
    Description: Detroit OF/DH Andy Dirks has been placed on the 15-day DL with right Achilles tendinitis.
    Insight: The move is retroactive to May 31st. Don Kelly (.179, 0 HRs, 5 RBIs) will become an everyday leftfielder in Dirks' absence.
     

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      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

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      Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

      Updated:

      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

      Updated:

      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

      Enter to win tickets to Nitro Jam

      The Great 38 is giving tickets to Nitro Jam. Enter below for your chance to win. More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | March 14-15 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun events happening in Tampa Bay this weekend! More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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