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C Alex Avila (concussion) went 0-for-3 Saturday as the designated hitter for Triple-A Toledo. It was the first game for Avila since he was lifted due to a headache after playing just three innings at catcher for Toledo on Thursday. He is 0-for-5 in two games for Toledo. Avila was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Aug. 11, three days after he was hit in the face mask by a foul ball. Avila initially passed all the concussion tests and returned to the Tigers' lineup on Aug. 10, but the symptoms returned and he has not played since. Avila is hitting .198 with nine homers and 36 RBI in 253 at-bats this season for the Tigers.

C Alex Avila (concussion) went 0-for-3 Saturday as the designated hitter for Triple-A Toledo. It was the first game for Avila since he was lifted due to a headache after playing just three innings at catcher for Toledo on Thursday. He is 0-for-5 in two games for Toledo. Avila was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Aug. 11, three days after he was hit in the face mask by a foul ball. Avila initially passed all the concussion tests and returned to the Tigers' lineup on Aug. 10, but the symptoms returned and he has not played since. Avila is hitting .198 with nine homers and 36 RBI in 253 at-bats this season for the Tigers.

SS Jose Iglesias (sore left elbow) was unavailable Saturday, when the Tigers beat the Mets 3-0. Iglesias was hit in the left elbow by a pitch in the ninth inning of the Tigers' 6-1 win on Friday and manager Jim Leyland said after the game Saturday he wasn't sure if Iglesias would be able to play in the series finale on Sunday. Iglesias is hitting .319 with two homers and 23 RBI this season between the Red Sox and Tigers, including .286 with one homer and four RBI in 70 at-bats since Detroit acquired him in a three-team deal on July 30.

SS Jose Iglesias (sore left elbow) was unavailable Saturday, when the Tigers beat the Mets 3-0. Iglesias was hit in the left elbow by a pitch in the ninth inning of the Tigers' 6-1 win on Friday and manager Jim Leyland said after the game Saturday he wasn't sure if Iglesias would be able to play in the series finale on Sunday. Iglesias is hitting .319 with two homers and 23 RBI this season between the Red Sox and Tigers, including .286 with one homer and four RBI in 70 at-bats since Detroit acquired him in a three-team deal on July 30.

OF Andy Dirks made a rare start in right field Saturday and went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the Tigers' 3-0 win over the Mets. Dirks, whose playing time has decreased throughout the summer, had just two hits in his last 17 at-bats dating back to Aug. 16. But with Torii Hunter getting a day off, Dirks received his fourth start of the year in right field. Dirks is hitting .251 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 350 at-bats.

OF Andy Dirks made a rare start in right field Saturday and went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the Tigers' 3-0 win over the Mets. Dirks, whose playing time has decreased throughout the summer, had just two hits in his last 17 at-bats dating back to Aug. 16. But with Torii Hunter getting a day off, Dirks received his fourth start of the year in right field. Dirks is hitting .251 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 350 at-bats.

RHP Octavio Dotel (right elbow inflammation) threw a scoreless inning for Single-A Lakewood on Friday night. Dotel, who was placed on the disabled list April 20, has allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings in seven rehab appearances. He had a 13.50 ERA in six appearances for the Tigers before getting hurt.

RHP Octavio Dotel (right elbow inflammation) threw a scoreless inning for Single-A Lakewood on Friday night. Dotel, who was placed on the disabled list April 20, has allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings in seven rehab appearances. He had a 13.50 ERA in six appearances for the Tigers before getting hurt.

DH Victor Martinez will likely start at catcher for the Tigers in the series finale against the Mets on Sunday. Martinez started at catcher on Friday for the first time since Aug. 4, 2011 and played seven innings behind the plate in the Tigers' 6-1 win over the Mets. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and allowed Eric Young to steal second base in the Mets' lone attempt on the basepaths.

DH Victor Martinez will likely start at catcher for the Tigers in the series finale against the Mets on Sunday. Martinez started at catcher on Friday for the first time since Aug. 4, 2011 and played seven innings behind the plate in the Tigers' 6-1 win over the Mets. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and allowed Eric Young to steal second base in the Mets' lone attempt on the basepaths.

RHP Max Scherzer starred both on the mound and at the plate Saturday, when he made history by earning the win in the Tigers' 3-0 victory over the Mets. Scherzer allowed three hits and four walks and struck out 11 over six innings as he became just the third pitcher in major league history to open a season at 19-1 (Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001). And in his first at-bat of the season in the second inning, Scherzer delivered an RBI double off Mets ace Matt Harvey to score the Tigers' first run. Scherzer lowered his ERA to 2.73, fifth best in the American League, and remained the only pitcher in the AL with a sub-1.00 WHIP (0.91). Scherzer will attempt to go 20-1 -- a mark only Clemens has ever achieved -- when he starts against the Athletics in Detroit on Thursday.

RHP Max Scherzer starred both on the mound and at the plate Saturday, when he made history by earning the win in the Tigers' 3-0 victory over the Mets. Scherzer allowed three hits and four walks and struck out 11 over six innings as he became just the third pitcher in major league history to open a season at 19-1 (Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001). And in his first at-bat of the season in the second inning, Scherzer delivered an RBI double off Mets ace Matt Harvey to score the Tigers' first run. Scherzer lowered his ERA to 2.73, fifth best in the American League, and remained the only pitcher in the AL with a sub-1.00 WHIP (0.91). Scherzer will attempt to go 20-1 -- a mark only Clemens has ever achieved -- when he starts against the Athletics in Detroit on Thursday.

RHP Rick Porcello will pitch in a homecoming of sorts Sunday afternoon, when he takes the mound for the Tigers in the finale of a three-game series against the Mets at Citi Field. Porcello was born in Morristown, NJ and went to high school at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, about 30 miles from Citi Field. Porcello will be pursuing his 10th win of the season -- and his fifth straight season of double-digit wins -- for the second time on Sunday. He took the loss in his most recent start on Tuesday, when he allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings as the Tigers fell to the Twins 6-3. It was the first loss for Porcello since June 30 and only the third time in 23 starts this season that he has failed to last at least five innings. Porcello will be making his second career start against the Mets. He took the loss on June 28, 2011, when he allowed seven runs on 11 hits in just 3 2/3 innings as the Mets beat the Tigers 14-3. Porcello is 9-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 17 interleague starts.

RHP Rick Porcello will pitch in a homecoming of sorts Sunday afternoon, when he takes the mound for the Tigers in the finale of a three-game series against the Mets at Citi Field. Porcello was born in Morristown, NJ and went to high school at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, about 30 miles from Citi Field. Porcello will be pursuing his 10th win of the season -- and his fifth straight season of double-digit wins -- for the second time on Sunday. He took the loss in his most recent start on Tuesday, when he allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings as the Tigers fell to the Twins 6-3. It was the first loss for Porcello since June 30 and only the third time in 23 starts this season that he has failed to last at least five innings. Porcello will be making his second career start against the Mets. He took the loss on June 28, 2011, when he allowed seven runs on 11 hits in just 3 2/3 innings as the Mets beat the Tigers 14-3. Porcello is 9-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 17 interleague starts.

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