Avila relishes opportunity as new Tigers GM

New Tigers executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila spent nearly a quarter century working with Dave Dombrowski, from Latin American operations to scouting director to top assistant. He had the type of rise that logically leads to a shot as a general manager, but teams never hired him.

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Hessman becomes Minors' HR king

On Monday night at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Mud Hens third baseman Mike Hessman stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and hit a grand slam to left-center field, becoming the Minor League home run king in grand style.

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