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Tigers C Alex Avila leaves game after taking foul ball off his mask

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila was removed from his team's game against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning after taking a hard foul ball off his mask. Blood was streaming down his face from a cut above his nose and Avila appeared to be a bit woozy as he was attended to by an athletic trainer. Avila was replaced by Gerald Laird.

Jason Beck of tweeted an update on Avila's condition:

After a career season in 2011 in which he hit .295 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs, Avila has gotten off to a slow start in 2012, batting just .248, although his five HRs and 20 RBIs still project to near his '11 totals.