Alex Avila exits with knee sprain

Updated: October 18, 2013, 8:53 AM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers removed banged-up catcher Alex Avila from Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox because of a sprained left knee.

After the Red Sox beat Detroit 4-3 on Thursday night, Avila sounded confident he will be back in the lineup when the Tigers are on the brink of elimination Saturday in Boston.

"I should be fine," he said. "I tried to stay out there, but I just didn't have any mobility back there. It was hurting ...

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