TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Former Tide players Alex Avila (2006-08) of the Detroit Tigers and Tommy Hunter (2006-07) of the Baltimore Orioles kicked off postseason play on Thursday night in Baltimore facing off in the American League Division Series.
In three years at the Capstone, Avila played 178 games and held a career .303 batting average. Hunter played two seasons in an Alabama uniform, garnering a Freshman All-SEC selection and playing for Team USA in 2006.
Avila and the Tigers are making their fourth straight playoff appearance. The Tigers made it to the American League Championship in 2011, the World Series in 2012, and then returned again to the League Championship in 2013. This year they look to capture a World Series title that has eluded them since 1984. The Tigers are one of only four franchises in history to make the postseason four years in a row.
The Orioles have captured a World Series title three times, most recently in 1983. Though they won the 2012 American League Wild Card game against the Texas Rangers, they have not won a playoff series since 1997.
Wade LeBlanc’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won the American League West but left him off their Division Series roster. LeBlanc (2004-06) ended the regular season with a 10.2 scoreless innings streak and could be added to the team’s American League Championship roster if they defeat the Kansas City Royals in the Divisional Series.
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