The 2014 MLB live stream and TV schedule officially kicks off today with 13 games on the Opening Day schedule including an early AL Central division showdown between the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers. Both of these clubs made several changes in the off season and have high hopes for the 2014 season.
According to an ESPN report on March 30, both Kansas City and Detroit will be sending their aces to the hill for the opener as the Royals' James Shields will face Detroit’s Justin Verlander. That pitching match-up alone is worth the price of admission.
One thing that will be noticeably different in Motown is the new line-up and the new Tigers manager. For the first time since 2006 Jim Leyland will not be leading the Tigers on the field. Leyland stepped down after Detroit lost to Boston in the ALCS. The reigns have been passed over to former Tigers catcher Brad Ausmus.
Ausmus admits he will be excited and nervous, but he never lets it show on the field.
"I'm assuming it will be similar to opening day, the first time I played an opening day," Ausmus said. "Having been to Detroit, I know there will be a ton of energy in the stadium, having played opening day there before. I'm sure I'll be excited about it, but you wouldn't know it if you saw me."
One thing is for sure, Ausmus has some big shoes to fill in Detroit. Jim Leyland may have not captured a World Series title during his time as skipper, but he did change the culture of the team. Detroit was one of the worst teams in baseball when Leyland took over, however they are considered one of the best teams in the game now – and Jim Leyland is a big reason why.
Las Vegas odds makers have the Tigers as the favorite in today’s match-up at -145 with the over/under number set at 7.
Fans can catch this game locally on FSN Detroit, nationally on MLB Extra Innings and also on streaming live online at MLB.com. MLB Extra Innings is streaming free games from March 31 through April 6 to give fans a chance to enjoy all the early action.