Patriots' Day game may start earlier

Patriots' Day game may start earlier

BOSTON -- The traditional early morning start for the Red Sox on Patriots' Day could be getting even earlier.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that the club has been approved by Major League Baseball to start its annual game on Boston Marathon Monday as early as 10:05 a.m. ET.

In 2007, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be the opponent for the first time on the holiday, marking the end of a four-game series on April 16.

However, Red Sox spokesman John Blake told that he spoke on Thursday with Red Sox chief operating officer Mike Dee, who is responsible for all game time starts.

"I spoke to our people and we have made no formal decision yet," Blake said. "I expect a final decision sometime in early January."

Blake confirmed that the league has granted approval for the extra-early start if the Red Sox agree to start their game on Sunday, April 15 no later than 1:05 p.m. ET.

The Globe reported that MLB officials received a letter from Boston city officials asking for approval to move the start time up to help authorities better manage crowds from the Red Sox game and the Boston Marathon. Additionally, the paper indicated the Players Association has also signed off on the deal, leaving just the Red Sox to officially announce the decision.

With only three exceptions, the Patriots' Day game at Fenway has been played the same day as the Boston Marathon since 1961.

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.