Detroit Tigers' home opener today: What to expect

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Posted at 4:32 AM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 19:01:15-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Tigers are back in town Monday for their home opener.

After starting the season on the road in Cincinnati and clinching the series win, the Tigers will take the field at Comerica Park.

The first pitch against the Kansas City Royals is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

Along with welcoming the Reds and Cardinals to Comerica Park this season, the Tigers will also face the Chicago Cubs (August 24-26) and Milwaukee Brewers (September 8-9) in interleague home games. Detroit will have road interleague contests against the Cardinals (August 5-6), Pittsburgh Pirates (August 7-9) and Brewers (September 1-2).

The Tigers and other MLB teams have strict protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each team will play 60 games, instead of 162, to limit the exposure risk of COVID-19.

Off the field, the MLB's requiring each team to submit a written COVID-19 action plan for approval. All teams and staff must be tested and screened before entering their respective ballparks. And there will be a COVID-19 injured list.

On the field, the league says spitting is not allowed. Extra innings will start with a runner on second base. Dugouts and bullpens must be expanded.

And for the first time in history, national league games will include the use of a designated hitter.

All players and club staff will be required to go through medical testing and screening processes before entering Club facilities.