Detroit • The Detroit Tigers removed banged-up catcher Alex Avila from Game 5 of the AL championship series against the Boston Red Sox because of a sprained left knee.
After the Red Sox beat Detroit 4-3 Thursday night, Avila sounded confident he will be back in the lineup when the Tigers are on the brink of elimination on Saturday in Boston.
"I should be fine," he said. "I tried to stay out there, but I just didn't have any mobility back there. It was hurting pretty good, so we decided to get me out and see how it feels in a couple days."