Former Detroit Tigers Alex Avila, Cameron Maybin to join MLB Network
Two former Detroit Tigers have agreed to join the MLB Network as on-air analysts, the MLB announced via a press release on Tuesday. Former all-star catcher Alex Avila and World Series champion Cameron Maybin will join the MLB Network for the upcoming 2022 season appearing across MLB Network’s studio programming. “We’re thrilled to welcome Alex and Cameron to the team,” said Marc Caiafa, MLB Network Senior Vice President of Production in the press release. The 35-year-old joined MLB Network as a guest analyst during the 2021 Postseason following his 13-year career. “I’m very excited to be joining MLB Network,” Maybin said in the release.mlive.com
Devers hits 2 HR; Red Sox to host Yanks in AL wild-card game
The Boston Red Sox have clinched a playoff berth on the regular season’s final day and will host the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game after coming back to beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 on a tiebreaking two-run homer by Rafael Devers in the ninth inning.
Former Tigers catcher Alex Avila to retire
Former Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila has announced his plans to retire after parts of 13 seasons in the big leagues. Avila, who currently plays for the Washington Nationals, said he had been considering the move for some time. “I went through that back-and-forth in my head, as far as if I wanted to play for another year,” Avila told MASN and other reporters in the Nationals dugout Sunday. Avila since played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins and Nationals, although he’s battled calf injuries and has only played in 29 games this season. Avila was a member of the Tigers’ 2012 pennant-winning team, but he told reporters in Washington that he regretted never taking home a world title.mlive.com
Scherzer's 9 K's, Avila RBI double lift Nats past Cards 1-0
Max Scherzer struck out nine in six scoreless innings to move up to No. 21 on the career Ks leaderboard, and Alex Avila drove in the game’s lone run with one of his two doubles, helping the Washington Nationals edge the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0.
Mad Bum gets opener for D-backs; Kluber is Yanks' No. 2
He was 2-1 with a 6.35 ERA in three spring starts, including allowing six earned runs against Cincinnati on Friday. Alec Bohm had two hits, including his fourth double. AdFreddie Freeman had two hits, including a double and his first homer — a two-run shot in the sixth. Victor Robles had three hits, including his sixth double, with an RBI, and Kyle Schwarber doubled and walked three times. Adalberto Mondesi singled and homered and Jorge Soler had two hits, including a double.
Five years ago, the Yankees traded Justin Wilson to Detroit. Now he’s going back to the Bronx.
Justin Wilson is going back to New York. Just over five years ago, the New York Yankees sent Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for two young pitchers. After a year-and-a-half with the Cubs, Wilson signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the New York Mets. He posted a 2.91 ERA in 58 2/3 innings before heading back across town to join the Yankees. He has a 4.40 ERA in 253 career innings over five seasons, striking out 207 and walking 82.mlive.com
Longtime Tigers catcher heading to Washington
Alex Avila has found a new home with the Washington Nationals. The former Detroit Tigers catcher and son of Tigers general manager Al Avila agreed to a one-year deal with the Nats, according to The Athletic. Avila played for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018 and 2019 and the Minnesota Twins in 2020. The Tigers recently signed veteran catcher Wilson Ramos to a one-year deal, forgoing the possibility of another reunion with Avila. Avila is expected to serve as backup for starter Yan Gomes in Washington.mlive.com
Tigers still looking to add catcher? In a ‘perfect world,’ Hinch says
Hinch, in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, made clear that he would like to have another catcher. Former Tiger Alex Avila might be the best catcher left on the market in the Tigers’ price range. It doesn’t mean he can’t make our team as an everyday third baseman, but why not have multiple ways to make our team?” Hinch said. Of course, if the Tigers add a couple of veteran free agents, that door would close, at least temporarily. “I’m not afraid of the young players, I’m not afraid of their growth.mlive.com
Tigers regain 1st place in AL Central with win over Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Detroit Tigers won their second straight game over the Kansas City Royals Sunday and took back first place in the American League Central Division. Detroit carried a 1-0 lead through the 3rd inning, as Sanchez retired the entire Kansas City lineup in order the first time through. Kansas City got on the board in the 7th with a sacrifice fly from Erik Kratz. He saved 160 games for Kansas City from 2007-11.