Avila comes out after getting hit by foul tip, but no harm done
Avila, for his part, insists that he does not have a ball magnet anywhere on his body. You can't prove that, though, especially considering how often he gets nicked.
He got it again in Thursday's game, taking a Mike Sweeney foul tip off his mask in the bottom of the third, a carom that knocked the mask off, and opened a cut on the bridge of his nose. Leyland went out to the plate to check on his catcher, thinking immediately that it wasn't good.
"He was seeing stars. ... I'd never forgive myself if I left him out there, and he keeled over, passed out," Leyland said in his postgame comments on FOX Sports Detroit. "He takes a lot more than I ever remember taking, or seeing anybody else take. ... He takes a beatin' pretty often."