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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Avila the Tigers' candidate for Heart and Hustle Award

As worn out as he surely was, Alex Avila probably didn't feel like he was hustling too much in August; after all, he got just two games off in the month.

Clearly, he was, however, as he was tabbed the Tigers' Player of the Month, hitting .360 with seven doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games. (Unsurprisingly, Justin Verlander was named the Pitcher of the Month, going 5-0 with a 3.12 ERA.)

Avila will be getting another award on Saturday, as former Tiger Willie Horton will present him with the award honoring him as the Tigers' selection for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's Heart and Hustle Award. One nominee from each of the 30 teams will go into the final competition, and the winner of the award for the year will be announced on Nov. 3.

Previous winners include: David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009) and Roy Halladay (2010).

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