Tigers' Alex Avila deserves closer look 

April, 20, 2011
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While we won't see this Detroit Tigers catcher-designated hitter alignment for a few weeks, I thought things were working out pretty well with Alex Avila handling most of the duties behind the plate and Victor Martinez spending his time without a glove. On Tuesday, the Tigers placed Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a sore groin, an injury that shouldn't set him or fantasy owners back too much, but it does shine the light on Detroit's actual starting catcher.