September 30th, 2013

Later starts set for Games 1 and 2

Get ready to catch up some rest this week, because the Tigers and A’s will keep fans in Detroit up late this weekend.

Major League Baseball announced game times through Saturday, including the first two games of the Tigers’ Division Series in Oakland. With those games being the only West Coast starts for the first few days, they’ll get the late starts. Game 1 will start at 9:37 p.m. ET on Friday, with Game 2 slated for 9:07 p.m. ET on Saturday.

No times have been announced for Game 3 or 4 (if necessary) in Detroit on Monday and Tuesday. Some of that will probably depend on how many other series are going; Monday will be Game 3 for both AL Division Series, but Game 4 for the two NL Division Series.

So to recap the schedule:

  • Game 1: Tigers at A’s, Friday, 9:37 p.m. ET
  • Game 2: Tigers at A’s, Saturday, 9:07 p.m. ET
  • Game 3: A’s at Tigers, Monday, TBD
  • Game 4 (if necessary): A’s at Tigers, Tuesday, TBD
  • Game 5 (if necessary): Tigers at A’s, Thursday, TBD

TBS names broadcast team for A’s-Tigers series

Sorry, Detroit fans, but native Michigander and former Tigers prospect John Smoltz will not be on the TBS broadcast crew for the Tigers-A’s series. He’ll be on the Red Sox Division Series. The Detroit-Oakland broadcast crew, ironically, will have a Boston flavor.

Don Orsillo, TV voice of the Red Sox, will handle the play-by-play alongside analysts Dennis Eckersley (who also does NESN Red Sox broadcasts) and Buck Martinez (a fixture on Blue Jays broadcasts on Sportsnet). Martinez will spend the next couple nights in the studio for TBS pre- and post-game coverage of the Wild Card games.

David Aldridge, a standout for his work on NBA broadcasts, will be the on-field reporter. Sorry, Craig Sager fans.

A lot of people have been asking about game times, but I’ve got nothing official at this point. Rumors have been all over the place. All four Division Series will have a game on Friday, and Tigers-A’s will be the only one on the West Coast, so you can certainly see the potential for a late start.

Umpiring crew set for Tigers-A’s Division Series

Neither of the two umpires who ejected Miguel Cabrera in the middle of an at-bat this season will be on the crew umpiring the Tigers-A’s Division Series. Nor are any the umpires who assigned Jim Leyland his four ejections this year. CB Bucknor, whose missed call on a tag at first base during last week’s Phillies-Marlins series drew headlines, will be, and he’ll be at first for the series opener.

Major League Baseball announced its umpiring crews for the Wild Card games and Division Series, and they’re veteran-heavy. Gary Darling will serve as the crew chief. Tom Hallion, who was the crew chief for the just-finished Tigers series in Miami, will also be on the crew. Bucknor, Mike DiMuro, Jim Reynolds and Mark Wegner round out the roster.

Wegner, who has had postseason work the past three years, will be behind home plate for Game 1 on Friday in Oakland. Bucknor will be at first base for that game, Darling at second, Reynolds at third, Hallion in left field and DiMuro in right.