Early March games part of Tigers' broadcast slate

DETROIT -- Tigers fans won't have to wait long to get a glimpse of their new-look squad. The team on Wednesday announced a ramped-up Spring Training broadcast schedule that will include six telecasts on Fox Sports Detroit and 20 local radio broadcasts.

Fans also can watch Tigers Spring Training games, without blackouts, on MLB.TV.

The FS Detroit schedule includes several broadcasts early in the Grapefruit League slate, a slight change from past trends that have leaned toward late in the spring when rosters are closer to Opening Day expectations.

Six of the Tigers' first seven Grapefruit League games will be on the air in Detroit, including the opener against the Pirates on March 1 in Lakeland, Fla., on 97.1 FM at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Tigers' March 2 split-squad game against the Yankees in Tampa, also a 1:05 p.m. start, will be on AM 1270 as well as FSD, picking up the feed from the YES Network. The other split-squad game against the Pirates in Bradenton is the only game that week that won't be aired in some form.

Fox Sports Detroit resumes its slate March 8 against the Rays at Joker Marchant Stadium, which is also one of three consecutive games on AM 1270. The next week, FSD picks up three games in four days -- March 15 against the Braves, then a home-and-home series March 17-18 against the Cardinals.

The FSD slate closes March 31 with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Yankees in Lakeland.

A few other games are likely to be picked up by MLB Network and ESPN, which have yet to announce their Spring Training slates. MLB Network can pick up broadcasts from other markets.

Here's the full broadcast schedule (all games 1:05 p.m. ET starts):
• March 1 vs. Pirates (97.1)
• March 2 at Yankees (1270, FSD)
• March 3 at Braves (1270)
• March 4 vs. Yankees (1270)
• March 5 at Nationals (97.1)
• March 6 vs. Marlins (97.1)
• March 8 vs. Rays (1270, FSD)
• March 9 vs. Nationals (1270)
• March 10 at Phillies (1270)
• March 13 at Pirates (97.1)
• March 14 vs. Mets (1270)
• March 15 vs. Braves (1270, FSD)
• March 17 vs. Cardinals (FSD)
• March 18 at Cardinals (FSD)
• March 20 vs. Nationals (97.1)
• March 21 vs. Phillies (1270)
• March 24 at Blue Jays (1270)
• March 26 at Phillies (1270)
• March 27 vs. Astros (97.1)
• March 29 vs. Blue Jays (1270)
• March 31 vs. Yankees (1270, FSD)
• April 2 at Braves (97.1)

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