"It's kind of pointless to look at average or numbers at this point in the season," said Avila, who referenced his April stats -- other than batting average and RBIs -- being about the same as last year. "It's not something you concern yourself about right now. ... If I get three hits today, my average will be like .280-something. So it's kind of pointless to look at it that way."
Avila's not far off and said he won't overreact by approaching games differently. The only difference Tuesday was that when he finished with his usual pregame hitting session in the batting cages, he came back to his new locker, which used to belong to Brandon Inge, and prepared to catch Rick Porcello for the first time.
Avila said he's putting together "quality at-bats" and that's the best thing a hitter can do.
"I've been seeing a lot of pitches in pretty much all of my at-bats and having good at-bats, and sometimes the results aren't there, which is something you can't really control," Avila said.