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Tigers' Alex Avila (knee) starts

Updated: October 19, 2013, 11:40 PM ET
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BOSTON -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila started and batted sixth Saturday night in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox despite suffering a strained patellar tendon in his left knee in Game 5.

He was shaken up in the second inning Thursday when David Ross plowed into him while trying to jar the ball loose in a home plate collision.  

The Red Sox, who lead the series 3-2, tried to close it out Saturday night and advance to ...

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