October 5th, 2012

Game 2 at noon Sunday on MLB Network

The good news is the schedule is finally set for Game 2 of the AL Division Series at Comerica Park on Sunday. The bad news is it’s going to require a little more work.

First, it’s going to take a wake-up call for some folks to be up and going in time for a 12:07pm ET start, the earliest home game the Tigers have played this season. Then it’s going to take a minute or two for some people to find MLB Network on their cable or satellite system.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, the last part might not apply to you. For some, MLB Network has been a find on the cable/satellite system in a sports television scene where baseball tends to get pushed aside once football season begins. If you’re still looking for it, though, you can go to findmlbnetwork.com to find the channel number for you.

Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat will have the call on Sunday.

The network selection was the result of new postseason format MLB announced earlier this year. MLB Network was awarded two Division Series games, both on days when there are more than two games on air. Sunday will be the first. MLB Network will have another one on Wednesday, though those teams haven’t been announced.

As for the start time, it amounts to a day game after a night game, which means some players are going to have to make a quick turnaround. Given that the Tigers go from facing righty Jarrod Parker in Game 1 Saturday night to lefty Tommy Milone in Game 2, there’ll be some changes in the lineup. Avisail Garcia will start in right field, and it’s possible manager Jim Leyland would turn to Gerald Laird.

The start time for Game 3 on Tuesday is also set. First pitch from Oakland is scheduled for 9:07pm ET on TBS.