Tigers scratch Alex Avila

Updated: October 28, 2012, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers scratched catcher Alex Avila from their starting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night and replaced him with Gerald Laird.

Avila, in Sunday night's original starting lineup, had been playing with a sore right arm since he was hit between the elbow and wrist by a foul tip in the opener.

"The trainer told me just a little bit ago it's probably best not to go with him," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "In an emergency I'm sure he could go ...

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