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After 'strong' painkillers, Avila expects to play

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07:27 AM ET 10.18 | In a series full of them, Thursday's Game 5 was another tough night at the office for Tigers catcher Alex Avila. [Avila] left the game in the fourth inning with a patella tendon strain in his left knee. Avila said he will receive treatment and take "strong" painkillers on Friday, adding that he expects to play Saturday in Game 6. "I had this injury before in 2011," Avila said. "I've dealt with it on and off the last three years. I'm familiar with it." Avila twisted the knee in a home-plate collision with Red Sox catcher David Ross, who barreled into him trying to score on a grounder to second base in the second. "I would have done the same thing," Avila said. "I didn't think it was a dirty play at all, just a good hard play."

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October 18, 2013  07:30 AM ET

Yea nothing a little demarol and Vicodin and a couple shots of whiskey can't cure.

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October 18, 2013  08:53 AM ET

This guy is one tough hombre....... he's been hammered the last couple of days..... he's like a freaking Timex watch.....

October 18, 2013  09:07 AM ET

I thought hit was a little more aggressive than necessary. Ball beat him by a mile, Cabrera was a lot kinder to Ross though not sure if that was to protect Ross or himself.

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October 18, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Avila did have the ball in plenty of time but he was already in position blocking the plate...he's got to expect to get hit in that position. Miggy probably didn't want to aggravate his own injuries and was also out by an even bigger margin, Ross probably could have sidestepped him if it looked like Miggy was going to try to tag him. Seemed to me that Ross gave Avila a good long look after the crash to make sure that he hadn't been hurt badly.
WTF did Middlebrooks pinch run for Xander?!?!?

October 18, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Come on, running the catcher over on a close play at the plate is a time honored tradition. Aviles did well to hold onto the ball......................and his head.

Pete Rose vs. Ray Fosse the classic collision at home.......won by Mr Hustle.

October 18, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Come on, running the catcher over on a close play at the plate is a time honored tradition. Aviles did well to hold onto the ball......................and his head.

I look at it differently. If it's a close play, have a go. The ball beat him by 20 steps. If it were my teammate, Ross would get one in the ribs.

October 18, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Pete Rose vs. Ray Fosse the classic collision at home.......won by Mr Hustle.

Not the best example. Very few players in baseball agreed with what that jack **** did. Happy days, the only way he gets into Cooperstown is with a ticket.

October 18, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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I look at it differently. If it's a close play, have a go. The ball beat him by 20 steps. If it were my teammate, Ross would get one in the ribs.

It was a LOT closer than that, Miggy was the one thrown out by 20 feet.

October 18, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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Pete Rose vs. Ray Fosse the classic collision at home.......won by Mr Hustle.

It was a stupid All Star game...Rose was a real tool to mess up Fosse's career like that in an exhibition.

October 18, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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I thought hit was a little more aggressive than necessary. Ball beat him by a mile, Cabrera was a lot kinder to Ross though not sure if that was to protect Ross or himself.

Himself. You got to want to take some pain to inflict it.

October 18, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Himself. You got to want to take some pain to inflict it.

Yea, but Cabrera is already in pain. He's one bad step from being out of the series.

October 18, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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I look at it differently. If it's a close play, have a go. The ball beat him by 20 steps. If it were my teammate, Ross would get one in the ribs.

Another time honored tradition.
All kidding aside the man has to make a run at it, he's got his teammates to answer too.

October 18, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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Not the best example. Very few players in baseball agreed with what that jack **** did. Happy days, the only way he gets into Cooperstown is with a ticket.

I agree with that. A bad play in a game that counted for nothing. Gotta use some sense.

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October 18, 2013  12:25 PM ET
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It was a stupid All Star game...Rose was a real tool to mess up Fosse's career like that in an exhibition.

Maybe Fosse shouldn't have tried to block home then......if you are a real competitor you play to win no matter what .....its called pride.

 
October 18, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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It was a stupid All Star game...Rose was a real tool to mess up Fosse's career like that in an exhibition.

Its no different then pre-season football ......thats just an exibition game to.

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