DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers are taking heat from Roman Catholics who criticize the scheduling of the club's home opener during holy hours on Good Friday.
Traditional Christian belief says Jesus hung on the cross from noon to 3 p.m. on Good Friday.
All 30 American and National League teams play April 10, but the Tigers' 1:05 p.m. game against the Texas Rangers is the only one during holy hours.
The Rev. Ed Vilkauskas of downtown Detroit's St. Mary's Catholic Church tells the Detroit Free Press the game will keep people away from services.
Tigers spokesman Ron Colangelo says Major League Baseball has a "monumental task" putting together a season's game schedule. He tells The Detroit News weather makes a day game necessary.