PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona placed catcher Alex Avila on the injured list with a strained left quadriceps, an injury sustained while circling the bases on a home run.
John Ryan Murphy, D-Backs reach $900,000, 1-year deal
PHOENIX (AP) — Catcher John Ryan Murphy and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract, a raise from his $558,000 salary last year.
The 27-year-old set career bests with nine homers and 24 RBIs in 223 plate appearances, hitting .202. He split time behind the plate with Alex Avila and Jeff Mathis, who left for Texas.
D-backs add 4th catcher with acquisition of Stewart
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the Atlanta Braves.
Friday's move bolsters Arizona's catching depth and gives the team a fourth player at the position.
The deal calls for the Braves to receive cash or a player to be named later.
Corbin strikes out 9, Diamondbacks beat Phillies 6-0
PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Corbin got into a rhythm with catcher Alex Avila, leaving Philadelphia's hitters flailing.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have hit their stride at just the right time, leaving the desert with the NL West lead before heading out on a nine-game road trip.
Corbin struck out nine in a combined four-hitter, David Peralta had four hits and two RBIs, and the Diamondbacks rolled over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Wednesday.
D-backs finalize $8.25M, 2-year deal with catch Alex Avila
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized an $8.25 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Alex Avila.
Avila fills a roster spot vacated by Chris Iannetta, who shared the catching duties last year and left for an $8.5 million, two-year deal with Colorado.
There will be no reunion between the Tigers and catcher Alex Avila this year.
Avila has agreed to a two-year, $8.25-million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The deal is reportedly pending a physical.
Avila, who turned 31 on Monday, is coming off a resurgent season in which he batted .264/.387/.447 over 112 games, most with the Tigers, before they traded him to the Cubs in July.
A quick scan of Winter League data will tell a range of stories, good to sometimes ugly, about various Tigers players and their off-season ventures with Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, and Australia teams.
On the plus side, there is Isaac Paredes, who next month turns 19, and who is showing why the Tigers insisted he be included in last July's trade that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs.
Hoping to pad their catching corps, the Tigers will announce as early as Tuesday that a name from their division-winning days is returning.
Brayan Pena, who on Sunday turned 36, has accepted a minor-league contract, according to a person familiar with the Tigers plans who requested anonymity as the Tigers wait for formal medical data.
ESPN: Cabrera, Castellanos need ‘change of scenery’
Miguel Cabrera is the face of a Detroit Tigers franchise that, well, has lost plenty of faces since last July.
Might it lose Cabrera, too?
ESPN's Bradford Doolittle writes it'd be in Cabrera's best interest if he were moved, along with outfielder Nick Castellanos. They are two of 10 major leaguers who Doolittle says would benefit most from a "change in scenery" this offseason, in a story posted Monday.
It looks like the Detroit Tigers will be starting from the bottom floor in their rebuilding effort.
The Tigers, fresh off a 98-loss season in which they traded away big pieces of their present to help build for their future, are dead last in ESPN's "way-too-early" baseball power rankings for 2018.
For Tigers scouts, the ideal scenario is for a superstar prep or college player to look next spring like something Cooperstown's gods delivered. A few weeks later he will be knighted as First Overall Pick in the June, 2018, big-league draft.
Sometimes you get a franchise talent — Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, or Carlos Correa. You find in certain years a player so special he can spur a team's reconstruction and maybe 25 years later win a Hall of Fame plaque.
In a postseason that began with more than a dozen former Tigers in the mix for a World Series ring, three still are standing.
And two just happen to be among the best Tigers' draft picks of not just recent history, but all-time.
Justin Verlander, the new ace of the Astros, and Curtis Granderson, an outfielder for the Dodgers, each will play in their third World Series when things get started Tuesday night — and each will be searching for their first World Series ring.
That nearly month-long baseball seminar known as Instructional League broke up Saturday at the Tigers' complex in Lakeland, Fla., where farm-fresh players the Tigers got in July and August deals showed their skills and, at times, sore spots.
The Tigers got 10 players in four trades for Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila.
Cubs C Contreras serves suspension against Cardinals
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs catcher Willson Contreras' two-game suspension for his argument with umpire Jordan Baker has been reduced to one game, and he served the penalty in the finale of their weekend series against the Cardinals.
Contreras and pitcher John Lackey were ejected in the fifth inning of Friday's 8-2 win. Contreras threw down his mask in anger after he was thrown out, and it bounced up and hit Baker's leg.
Cubs claim C Rivera off waivers from New York Mets
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have claimed veteran catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the New York Mets.
The 34-year-old Rivera is known for his defensive skills. He has thrown out 10 of 31 runners attempting to steal this season. He is batting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games.
Hamstring strain could sideline Cubs’ Contreras 4-6 weeks
PHOENIX (AP) — The Chicago Cubs say catcher Willson Contreras is expected to be out four to six weeks because of a strained right hamstring.
The NL Central leaders put Contreras on the 10-day disabled list before Friday night's game at Arizona. He was injured running to first base on Wednesday in San Francisco.
Dodgers continue incredible surge
NEW YORK (AP) — Yasiel Puig hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers went deep five times to rally past the New York Mets 7-4 on Saturday to extend their incredible surge.
Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, Corey Seager and rookie Cody Bellinger also connected for the Dodgers, who are 43-7 since June 7. That's the best 50-game run by a big league team since the 1912 New York Giants compiled the same mark from May 14 to July 3.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Detroit Tigers were sellers before the trade deadline, and now they're winners after it.
Justin Upton hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to back a strong pitching performance by Justin Verlander, and surprising Detroit beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Friday night for its fourth straight victory.
Wilson, Avila excited to play for contending Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Wilson took a flight from New York to Detroit on Monday morning. He said hello to his family, put his two suitcases in his car and drove to Chicago.
Tigers active at deadline, but some big names stay put
After all the speculation and uncertainty leading up to the trade deadline, Justin Verlander's sense of humor was apparently still intact.
"Source: I'm still in the Tigers locker room," said a message on Verlander's Twitter account Monday. There was even a picture of the right-hander offered as proof.
Cubs acquire LHP Wilson, C Avila in trade with Tigers
CHICAGO (AP) — The rolling Chicago Cubs got a big lift Monday when they acquired reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila in a trade with Detroit, bolstering their chance for another long playoff run.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have acquired reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila in a trade with the Detroit Tigers, bolstering their chance for another long playoff run.
The addition of Wilson gives manager Joe Maddon another late-inning option in front of All-Star closer Wade Davis. The World Series champions had been searching for backup catcher since they cut Miguel Montero a month ago, and Avila is having one of the best seasons of his career at the plate.
DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers' top players created a winning rally without doing much of anything.
Alex Avila, Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera drew walks in the 11th inning, the last with the bases loaded, giving Detroit a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
DETROIT (AP) — There was no way any Detroit outfielder was going to catch this drive by Salvador Perez.
A night after he was robbed of an extra-base hit by the center fielder, Perez hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and the Kansas City Royals went on to an 8-2 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday. Mike Moustakas followed Perez's long home run by going deep as well, part of a four-run fourth inning by the Royals.
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila was the best player available on the Detroit Tigers' board when it was their turn to select a player in the fifth round of the 2008 amateur draft.
His dad suggested the Tigers pick someone else.
"I didn't want people to think it was a favor," Tigers general manager Al Avila recalled. "I thought he would have a better opportunity if someone else drafted him so he wouldn't have to deal with the scrutiny of being my son."
Castellanos leads Tigers to 13-4 rout of Rays
DETROIT (AP) — For a team struggling to get above .500, the Detroit Tigers looked like a pennant contender on Friday night.
The Tigers got 13 hits, including seven for extra bases, and made several key defensive plays in a 13-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
"That might be the best game we've played all year," Ian Kinsler said.
Nicholas Castellanos drove in four runs and Justin Upton drove in three, while Kinsler and Alex Avila homered.
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera came into Thursday night's game against Tampa Bay without a homer since May 20, though that didn't give the Rays much confidence.
"We all know what that man can do," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He can hit a homer at any time to any place in any ballpark."
Cabrera, who has been struggling with a sore back, did just that, going the opposite way for a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-3 victory.
DETROIT (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels didn't make things easy for themselves on Tuesday night.
The Angels led the Detroit Tigers 4-0 in the fifth inning, but closer Bud Norris had to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam to finish off a 5-3 victory.
"That's a nice win against a hot team," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We had some trouble closing out some innings, including the ninth, but we got it done."
Tigers beat Royals 6-5 to end road trip
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was a good recipe — walks and extra-base hits - for the Detroit Tigers' offense to break out.
J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton hit two-run doubles with two outs in the third inning as the Tigers held off the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Wednesday night.
Royals starter Ian Kennedy (0-5) walked the bases loaded before giving up the doubles on consecutive pitches.
Tigers defeat Royals 6-5 to end trip
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton hit two-run doubles with two outs in the third inning as the Detroit Tigers held off the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Wednesday night.
Royals starter Ian Kennedy (0-5) walked the bases loaded before giving up the doubles on consecutive pitches.
Victor Martinez and Alex Avila homered for the Tigers, who completed a 4-7 three-city trip.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez has lost his bid for a perfect game against the Detroit Tigers.
Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters Sunday before Andrew Romine and Alex Avila opened the seventh with singles. Romine's hard smash to shortstop Tim Anderson was originally ruled an error, and then changed to a hit later.
The White Sox lead the Tigers 7-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh.
HOUSTON (AP) — It took the Detroit Tigers three games, but they got the offense going again.
Jose Iglesias finished a triple shy of the cycle, Ian Kinsler had two hits and scored twice, and Detroit beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game skid.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Iglesias finished a triple shy of the cycle, Ian Kinsler had two hits and scored twice, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros 6-3 Wednesday night to snap a three-game skid.
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive home runs in the first inning as the Detroit Tigers beat Texas 9-3 on Saturday night, ending the Rangers' 10-game winning streak.
Nicholas Castellanos added a three-run homer in the third and Justin Verlander (4-3) pitched seven solid innings for the Tigers.
The Rangers were on their longest winning streak since a 12-game run in 2011, but it ended emphatically against Detroit.
DETROIT (AP) — The way Justin Verlander saw it, Texas may have been due for a loss.
With three straight homers in the first inning, Verlander's Detroit Tigers set about ending the Rangers' 10-game winning streak.
Alex Avila, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive home runs, and the Tigers beat Texas 9-3 on Saturday night. Nicholas Castellanos added a three-run homer in the third, and Verlander pitched seven solid innings to hand the Rangers their first defeat since May 8.
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera was a late scratch from Detroit's starting lineup Wednesday night against Baltimore because of a sore left side.
The Tigers announced their slugger's absence about a half-hour before the scheduled first pitch against the Orioles. A team spokesman said Cabrera was expected to have further testing.
Alex Avila replaced Cabrera at first base, and J.D. Martinez moved up three spots to hit third in the batting order.
Tigers score 9 in 5th, rout Mariners 19-9
DETROIT (AP) — James McCann homered in the second inning, then Justin Upton and Alex Avila followed suit in the fourth.
Boyd, Avila lead Tigers past Indians 4-1 for series win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez thought the Detroit Tigers proved a point to their biggest rival.
Matthew Boyd allowed one run in six innings, Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Detroit defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Sunday to take two of three from the AL champions.
Cleveland went 14-4 against Detroit last year as it won the AL Central.
Tigers bring back catcher Alex Avila with $2M, 1-year deal
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila got a present of sorts, indirectly from his father, and will host a celebration this weekend with his family minus any potential baseball-related drama.
The Detroit Tigers brought back Avila to play behind starting catcher James McCann, giving him a $2 million, one-year contract.
Avila's father, Al Avila, is Detroit's general manager.
"I don't think he was even part of negotiations," the younger Avila told The Associated Press on Friday night.
Miranda struggles as Mariners fall to White Sox 9-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Ariel Miranda remembered faring better against White Sox slugger Jose Abreu when they met in their native Cuba.
Abreu homered in his first at-bat against the Seattle Mariners left-hander, and Chicago's rout was on.
Abreu hit the first of four White Sox home runs and Jose Quintana threw 7 2/3 solid innings to lead Chicago past the Mariners 9-3 on Saturday night.
Reunited with son, Abreu leads White Sox HR parade
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu has been at his best since reuniting with his young son.
The slugger hit the first of four White Sox home runs and Jose Quintana threw 7 2/3 solid innings to lead Chicago past the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Saturday night.
Avisail Garcia and Alex Avila hit consecutive homers during a four-run fifth and Tyler Saladino added a two-run shot in the seventh, all off struggling reliever Vidal Nuno.