Say it ain't so, Joe. So here's Alex Avila at first base after hitting a run-scoring bloop single in the Tigers' four-run sixth inning Sunday — a hit that ended his drought at 0-for-17 — and umpire Joe West gives him some good-natured grief about it. "Joe was joking with me," said Avila, "asking if I wanted him to get me the ball for a souvenir." Taking the kidding the right way, Avila responded, "Yeah, see how quickly you can get it. They might have thrown it out already." One hit doesn't mean the tough times are over for Avila. He also struck out three times and is hitting just .171. But at least he helped out offensively in the Tigers' 6-1 victory over the Twins. "Hopefully something like that will get him going," manager Jim Leyland said. "We'll see the next time he starts (on Tuesday night against Pittsburgh)." Not close Austin Jackson is eligible to be activated from the disabled list today, but won't be. He's not ready. At one point, the Tigers thought he would be. Leyland even said, "It looks like it's going to be on time." But Jackson has never had a pulled (left) hamstring before, and never sounded confident that he would be able to play after 15 days. Now the Tigers don't know when he'll be back in the lineup as their leadoff hitter and starting center fielder.
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila able to joke about slump
Detroit News | May 27