Pennant race causing schedule tweaks for Royals

DETROIT -- The pennant race is having its effect on starting times as the season winds down.

The Royals announced that their Saturday, Sept. 20, game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium will start at 12:05 p.m. CT, instead of the scheduled 6:10 p.m.

The reason is to accommodate the FOX Network and its Saturday baseball package, which will provide exclusive TV coverage for the game between the contenders for the American League Central title.

That's the next-to-last home game on the regular-season schedule, and it will remain Fan Appreciation Day with prize giveaways throughout the afternoon. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Royals scarf. Royals Charities will hold the annual "Shirts Off Their Backs" fundraiser, in which fans have a chance to win an autographed game jersey from a Royals player or coach.

Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. for the early start that day.

• The suspended game against the Indians will resume at 5:05 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, prior to the Royals' regularly-scheduled game at 6:05 in Cleveland.

The game was stopped by rain in Kansas City on Aug. 31 with the Royals coming to bat in the bottom of the 10th, trailing 4-2. All players on the expanded September rosters will be eligible to play.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.