September 14th, 2011

Saturday update: Game appears headed to FOX

The Tigers are making progress towards getting its Saturday afternoon game at Oakland on television somewhere, according to a source. But instead of working around the FOX blackout rules, it now appears the game would end up on FOX itself, at least in Michigan and Toledo.

The Detroit Free Press first reported the shift, saying the game will be on FOX 2 in Detroit beginning at 4 p.m. ET. While progress is being made, talks are still ongoing with FOX and MLB. Some details need to be addressed before anything is finalized.

Another challenge that needs to be worked out is finding a production crew. Though Fox Sports Detroit has some crew members on the trip, that doesn’t include such behind-the-scenes cogs as cameramen and some folks in the truck. On a college football Saturday, that can be tough to round up. They should be able to do it, but it’ll take some work.

Wednesday: Tigers at White Sox

A little different lineup today for the Tigers against Dylan Axelrod in his first Major League start. With no track record against Axelrod, Jim Leyland is using the day to get guys some rest. Resting Avila, he said, was a “no-brainer.” He wanted to get Jhonny Peralta and Austin Jackson a day off at some point in this stretch, and he wanted to get Carlos Guillen a game.

“I told Alex to treat himself like a king today,” Leyland said.

Think of it this way: Once the Tigers clinch, you’d be asking Leyland to rest some guys anyway. This is a little head start.

Leyland also said this morning that he’s hoping to get Miguel Cabrera a game off soon.


  1. Andy Dirks, CF
  2. Ramon Santiago, SS
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Carlos Guillen, 2B
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Don Kelly, RF
  9. Omir Santos, C

P: Brad Penny


  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Paul Konerko, 1B
  4. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  5. Dayan Viciedo, DH
  6. Alex Rios, CF
  7. Alejandro De Aza, RF
  8. Brent Morel, 3B
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Dylan Axelrod