Tigers, Royals set makeup game for August

DETROIT -- The Tigers and Royals have officially scheduled their makeup game from last month's rainout, as the clubs will play a day-night doubleheader on Friday, Aug. 16, the next time Kansas City is in town.

The afternoon game, scheduled for a 1:08 p.m. ET first pitch, is the makeup game. Tickets from the April 23 rainout are good for that game, with no exchange necessary. The nightcap, starting at 7:08, is the regularly-scheduled game, requiring a different ticket.

Both games will be televised locally on Fox Sports Detroit and MLB.TV.

The teams opted for a day-night doubleheader to create a five-game, four-day weekend series, rather than play on a common off-day the following Monday, Aug. 19. Both sides have so few off-days in August that it would have left them in a long stretch of games.

For the Tigers, Aug. 19 is the only off-day from Aug. 2-Sept. 4. For the Royals, it's their lone day off between July 30 and Aug. 25. Any makeup game that leaves a team playing more than 20 days in a row requires a vote of the players.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.