Major League Baseball has released its 2012 schedule and the Tigers will open at home versus the Red Sox for three games beginning on April 5. The six-game opening home stand also includes three games versus the Rays. The Tigers end the season with a three game series at Kansas City on October 1-3.
The Tigers will play mostly against the National League Central in inter-league play. For some reason they play the Pirates twice - once at Comerica and once at Pittsburgh. They also go to Cincinnati and Chicago and play at home versus the Rockies and Cardinals.
The tough part of their schedule is that the four inter-division opponents they play most often are traditionally playoff contenders - Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Texas. They play three series versus each of those teams. Meanwhile, they play just two series against Baltimore Oakland, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Toronto. The complete schedule can be found here.