January 11th, 2012

Tigers-Red Sox opener April 5 on ESPN2

ESPN just announced its Opening Day package, and it again includes the Tigers. The April 5 opener against the Red Sox will be on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET, live from Comerica Park.

Last season’s Tigers opener was also on ESPN, but that was from Yankee Stadium. But you get the point: Justin Verlander, plus a big-name opponent, should be a good draw for ratings.

Fox Sports Detroit will still broadcast the game, and has the local broadcast rights. ESPN2’s broadcast will be shown outside of the local area.

After an off-day April 6, the second game of the series is also a network broadcast. It’s on the Fox Saturday Game of the Week schedule released earlier.