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McCann in spotlight with Avila out

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 DETROIT (AP) -- Rookie catcher James McCann should have plenty of chances to make an impact over the next few weeks. Alex Avila, Detroit's regular catcher for the past few seasons, is dealing with a knee problem, and that means McCann will have to play a bigger role than expected at this early stage in his career. McCann made his major league debut last September, and he looked like the type of player who could help the Tigers this season. Avila is a dependable defensive catcher with decent power, but he's been ineffective against left-handed pitching, and that was an area where McCann seemed capable of providing a boost. Avila is now on the disabled list with what the team called a "loose body" in his knee. An additional update is expected Tuesday.

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