Tigers hope to recover from odd travel

Tigers hope to recover from odd travel

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers are hoping an unusual travel schedule won't lead to a letdown against the Twins.

Detroit was forced to fly to Minneapolis on Friday morning to begin their three-game weekend series. Teams almost always fly in the night before a series starts, but Twin Cities hotels were booked on Thursday night because of the Republican National Convention.

So the Tigers stayed home on Thursday night and traveled on a game day.

"It's a little different," manager Jim Leyland said.

The Tigers aren't likely to get sympathy from the home team. The Twins just returned from a 15-day, 14-game road trip. Minnesota played 11 games on the West Coast before heading to Toronto earlier in the week so it wouldn't be in town during the political event. The Twins were weary enough that they didn't take batting practice prior to Friday's game.

Leyland said traveling is not something that bothers him, adding that he has experienced worse.

"In the Minor Leagues, sometimes you pull into the town at seven or eight o'clock in the morning and play that night," Leyland said.

Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.