Tigers pull beat-up Avila in 4th against Red Sox

Updated: October 17, 2013, 10:02 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have removed banged-up catcher Alex Avila from Game 5 of the AL championship series against the Boston Red Sox with a sprained left knee.

Brayan Pena pinch hit for Avila in the 4th inning Thursday night. With Detroit trailing by four runs, Pena grounded into an inning-ending double play with two on in the first postseason at-bat of his nine-year career.

Avila was run over by fellow catcher David Ross on a play at the plate in the second. Ross lowered his right shoulder as he delivered a blow to Avila's head. Avila held onto the ball for the out.

Ross fouled off a pitch the next inning that knocked Avila's mask off.

Avila was out for more than two weeks in August because of a concussion.


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