The Detroit Tigers insist the decision to deny the Boston Red Sox's request to push back Thursday's 1:10 p.m. start time was not a vindictive one.
The Red Sox played in Baltimore on Wednesday night.
Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski, who was dismissed as GM by the Tigers last season, revealed this week that his old club declined to honor the scheduling change.
"Every team in baseball, at some point ... has some type of schedule issue. They get in late. They have another game. It happens to every team, every year," Brad Ausmus said. "It's not ideal. The baseball schedule is hard. If I were the Red Sox, would I not like it? Absolutely, I wouldn't like it. But there's nothing vindictive going on here. We've played Thursday day games all year long."