DETROIT -- The fear about the wear and tear of playing every day on catcher Alex Avila has changed to amazement about the tear Avila has been on since his last game off two weeks ago. That's now reaching league-wide proportions.
With Victor Martinez's balky left knee showing no signs of allowing him to catch anytime soon, Avila continues to plug away behind the plate. He entered Sunday leading all American League players in the three major percentages -- a .442 batting average, .567 on-base percentage and .788 slugging percentage.
With 10 days left in August, it's shaping up as arguably the strongest month by a Tigers catcher since Ivan Rodriguez hit .500 for the entire month of June 2004.
Saturday was a day for the on-base percentage. With three walks, a single and a double, Avila reached base safely every time he stepped to the plate. Add in his home run in his final at-bat on Friday, and Avila had reached base six straight times.