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Alex Avila ensures Kyle Lobstein's solid start leads to victory

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila stood or crouched at home plate for two crucial aspects of Thursday's game against the New York Yankees -- two aspects which in the long and short of it can be summed up this way: --Rookie left-hander Kyle Lobstein was short on strikeouts, but took the Tigers a long way toward victory. --Avila had the shortest at-bat possible in the ninth inning, but delivered the long bolt that gave the Tigers a 3-2 win. On right-hander Shawn Kelley's first pitch to him, Avila launched a long line drive beyond the reach of Ichiro Suzuki and off the right-field wall. Pinch runner Bryan Holaday scored from second base. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, referring...

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