The Detroit Tigers have announced via the official Twitter account of Media Relations Director Brian Britten that the team's game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, Sept. 2, has been rescheduled from 1:05 p.m. ET to 8:05 p.m. ET.
The time change is due to ESPN making the contest the Sunday Night Baseball Game of the Week. Originally scheduled to air locally on Fox Sports Detroit, the game will now appear nationally on ESPN 2.
Tigers have been selected for Sunday Night Baseball on 9/2. First pitch vs. CWS will be 8:05. Game airs on ESPN2.— Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) August 17, 2012
With the Tigers and White Sox separated by only 2.5 games for sole possession of first place in the American League Central, it's clear that ESPN was looking to capture a game with potential playoff ramifications.
The game will close out the second-to-last series between the two rivals and will be the final time Chicago travels to Detroit during the regular season.