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ESPN previously announced a Sunday night broadcast for the April 10 game against the Yankees at Comerica Park. The network slated to carry another Sunday game, Sept. 4 at Kansas City, is currently listed as "to be determined." It could end up being an ESPN Sunday night telecast, but the network hasn't announced its broadcast schedule past May.
FOX Sports Detroit announced a two-hour pregame show for the Tigers' home opener on Friday, April 8, beginning at 11 a.m. for the 1:10 p.m. start.
Due to scheduling conflicts with Red Wings or Pistons games, three FOX Sports Detroit broadcasts will air on FSD Plus, the network's auxiliary channel. That includes the Wednesday, April 6 contest at Miami, the first Saturday game on April 9 against the Yankees, and the April 13 night game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Around the horn
• The Tigers didn't have many good results on the pitching side in Friday's 10-4 loss to the Astros. Angel Nesbitt was a notable exception, tossing another scoreless outing in his unblemished spring as he tries to make his case for a second straight Opening Day roster appearance.
Nesbitt allowed a broken-bat two-out single on a slider, but he induced two flyouts and an inning-ending groundout, the latter from former Tiger Danny Worth. His fastball ranged from 94-96 mph, according to a scout in attendance, but he also showed an improved changeup.
"I don't care if [the fastball is] hard or not. I just need to throw the ball down and let it move," Nesbitt said. "I need ground balls."
With that, Nesbitt improved to 4 1/3 scoreless innings so far this spring, allowing five hits but no walks while striking out four. No other pitcher in Tigers camp has as many innings without allowing a run. It's a return to the form he showed last spring in winning over team officials and coaches.
"He's always been a hard worker and a good listener, even last year when he was in camp and made the team," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "But he seems to have re-found the confidence that we thought we had last year in the spring."
Nesbitt said he feels more relaxed, having regained confidence during winter ball in Venezuela.
"I just tried to have fun," Nesbitt said. "I learned that in Venezuela, and I've tried to do that here, just wait for the chance and show what I can do. I feel good."