A week ago, most fans of the Detroit Tigers would have loved a day off from the daily doldrums the team found itself trapped within. After a sweep of the bitter rivals from Cleveland over the past weekend, most of us would have rather had a game to watch and hope the team could tack on to their four-game winning streak.
Alas, no game for you–unless you’re feeling nostalgic.
The Tigers have been celebrating the 30th anniversary of their last World Championship all season. On June 30, the team will honor several players from that magical 1984 team before the current Tigers take on the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. To whet fans’ appetite for next week’s festivities, the team’s official website will be streaming Game 5 of the ’84 series between the AL champion Tigers and the NL champs, San Diego Padres.
I won’t give out any spoilers, so you’ll have to see how it turns out for yourself. The stream begins at 7 p.m. on tigers.com.
If you’re more into living in the now, and have access to MLB Extra Innings or MLB.TV, you can check in on the Kansas City Royals to see if they can pick up a half game (or lose a half game) on the idle Tigers by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Royals will send Jeremy Guthrie (4-6, 3.86), who was masterful against Detroit his last time out, to the mound looking to end the team’s four-game skid. Zack Greinke (9-3, 2.57), who won the Cy Young Award with the Royals in 2009, faces his former team. First pitch is set for 8:10 from Kauffman Stadium.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also see what the Chicago White Sox are up to.
Fresh off suffering a sweep to the Minnesota Twins over the weekend, the last-place White Sox look to end their four-game skid when they send ace Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) up against the Baltimore Orioles, led by Wei-Yin Chen (7-2, 3.78). Game time is 7:05 from Camden Yards.
Like the Tigers, the Twins are off today.