Tigers adjusting to tight road schedule

Tigers adjusting to tight road schedule

ARLINGTON -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland started off the four-game series in Texas pointing out the unfairness of playing two night get-away games on the same road trip. And he ended the series lamenting it.

"This has been ridiculous, to be honest with you," Leyland said.

Leyland knows that the Tigers aren't the only team to deal with getting to road or home cities at 6 a.m. And his five-minute monologue about the situation was about baseball in general, not just the Tigers.

The Tigers played a night game in Anaheim on Thursday night, left the West Coast and arrived in Texas and at their team hotel at 7:45 a.m. ET Friday morning. Twelve hours later they were on the field against the Rangers.

The Tigers and Rangers played an 8:05 p.m. game Monday night, meaning the Tigers were likely to get back to Detroit at 4 a.m. or so. The Tigers start a three-game series against Minnesota on Tuesday with the Twins having had Monday off.

Leyland made it clear he's not blaming the Angels or the Rangers. He just thinks that baseball needs to take a look at this type of scheduling.

"It's not good for Major League baseball," Leyland said. "No one convinced me of that. I know teams need to make money. And I want them too, I understand it. But you have to take care of your product too."