February 10th, 2011

Tigers announce TV schedule

The Tigers’ TV schedule is out, and they’re again set to have 161 games on the tube. The only game currently not scheduled to air is the Sept. 17 game at Oakland, a day game out west but a 4 p.m. ET contest that falls within the FOX national broadcast window that precludes local telecasts. Just a guess on my part, but I have a feeling that if the Tigers are in the race at that stage, they might find a way to get it on. If not, you can listen to the game on the radio or online while watching the FOX game or watching college football.

FSN Detroit is set to broadcast 152 games this regular season, plus four Spring Training broadcasts March 16, 22, 24 and 27. All of them are scheduled to be shown in HD, and a lot of them will be replayed at midnight. The season opener at New York will be shown locally on FSN, and nationally on ESPN.

Nine more games will be part of the FOX Saturday afternoon package, starting with the second game of the season April 2 at Yankee Stadium. They’ll have two different stretches in which they’ll have three straight Saturday broadcasts — July 16 (White Sox), 23 (Twins) and 30 (Angels), then Aug. 27 (Twins), Sept. 3 (White Sox) and Sept. 10 (Twins again).

So far, no Tigers games are on the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball schedule. But as we explained before, that schedule is only set for a few months so far, so don’t be surprised if a good start from Detroit lands the Tabbies on Sunday night for some midsummer or late season contests.