May 29, 2011, 4:23 PM EST
When the Tigers opted to schedule a split-doubleheader with the Red Sox on Sunday following Saturday’s rainout, they left the second game to fall under MLB’s blackout rules. ESPN has exclusive coverage of Sunday night games, and since they were showing Atlanta-Cincinnati, no one was going to get to see what figured to be a pretty outstanding Josh Beckett-Justin Verlander matchup.
ESPN, though, has given both FOX Sports Detroit and NESN permission to air the game. We imagine there was some cash involved in the deal, but who cares? ESPN deserves plenty of credit for giving fans the choice to switch broadcasts tonight.
- Phil Hughes signs a three-year extension with the Twins 8
- The Padres have talked to the Phillies about Cole Hamels 21
- Why is John Smoltz a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame? 56
- Phillies GM told Ryan Howard they’d be better off “not with him but without him” 85
- Trea Turner’s agent is unhappy his client is in limbo after trade to Nationals 48
- Nexen Heroes accept Jung-Ho Kang posting fee from unidentified MLB team 36
- Giants acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins 16
- The Padres have given their fans something to talk about. Which is badly needed in San Diego. 64
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. (145)
- The United States will seek to normalize relations with Cuba (144)
- Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade (97)
- Chase Headley signs a four-year deal with the Yankees worth at least $52 million. (95)
- St. Petersburg City Council votes down deal to allow Rays to look for new stadium site (90)