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Alex Avila will start for Tigers

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 19, 2013 04:12 PM

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Catcher Alex Avila (left knee strain) is in the Detroit lineup. He left Game 5 in the fourth inning.

"I just left him in the trainer's room ten minutes ago. He's ready to go," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "He feels pretty good. I don't think that will be any kind of a drawback where you're going. The main thing from a manager's standpoint the one thing you don't want to happen is when you're dealing with an injury ... the one thing you don't want to happen is start the game and take him out in the second or third inning. That's one thing I try to guard against as a manager."

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Alex Avila will be behind the plate for Game 6


Leyland also spoke about third baseman Miguel Cabrera playing with physical limitations.

"It kind of breaks your heart, to be honest with you, to see him out there the way he has to be out there and the way he is right now because you know he's hurting," he said.

"He's tough as nails. I have so much respect for him. Everybody is conscientious these days about people earning their money. You talk about somebody who is earning their money, this guy feels like he owes it to the Detroit Tigers and our fans to be out there, he owes it to the team.

"He's out there, he's doing the best he can. It breaks your heart as a manager. It's really a shame, to be honest with you, for the whole baseball world because they're not getting a chance to see him at his best. This time of year, people are turning on the TV, they love to see these guys. Obviously I think he's the best player in the league. To not be able to see him at his best because of a physical ailment, it hurts a little bit, but that's just the way it is, and you live with those things."

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