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Source: Allen will handle 79 of Tigers telecasts

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Tampa, Fla. — Rod Allen's role as an analyst on Fox Sports Detroit is being diminished this season, but he'll still be the main guy in 2015.

Allen will do 79 of FSD's 150 telecasts, while Kirk Gibson will do 60 and Jack Morris 13, a source close to the situation told The News on Tuesday.

That adds up to 152, meaning for at least two games, FSD has scheduled a three-man booth. Gibson and Allen will both work Opening Day on April 6, alongside play-by-play man Mario Impemba.

The source requested anonymity because FSD hasn't officially announced the analyst rotation, or how many games each will do. FSD did not respond to a message from The News

It is known, however, that Gibson will work more home games than road games, because he wants to see his son, Cam, play baseball at Michigan State.

Allen, 55, has been FSD's sole analyst, save for a few days off, since 2003, the year Gibson originally left the booth to start a coaching career that would lead to managing.

Gibson, 57, as manager, and Alan Trammell, bench coach, were fired by the Diamondabcks late last season; Trammell returend to Tigers in a special-adviser role, and Gibson recently was added to the FSD rotation, apparently at the urging of owner Mike Ilitch.

Morris, 59, had a six-game cameo with the Tigers last September, but has less availability than Allen and Gibson because of his commitment to Twins telecasts.

Every game that Allen isn't working as a game analyst, he will work in the FSD studio.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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