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Tigers Face Angels in Three-Game Series to Finish August Home Games at Comerica Park

The #Tigers continue their seven home games in eight days by hosting the Los Angeles Angels August 25-27.

Get your Tigers tickets for the 2015 season at Comerica Park now! Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).

Tuesday, August 25 vs. Los Angeles Angels at 7:08 PM

  • ·  Cornerstone “Be a Tiger for Kids”: Cornerstone Schools hosts the 10th annual “Be a Tiger for Kids” event at Comerica Park. The family-friendly event features and children’s activities and serves as Cornerstone’s premier fundraiser to provide scholarships to families with 3,000 supporters scheduled to participate. Supporters and students from Cornerstone Schools also participate in an on-field pre-game ceremony, throwing the ceremonial first pitches, performing the National Anthem, and taking part in Kids Take the Field, Kids Run the Bases, and other fun-filled activities and family entertainment.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Cornerstone Choir.

Wednesday, August 26 vs. Los Angeles Angels at 7:08 PM

  • Detroit Tigers Foundation and FOX Sports Detroit Broadcast Auction with the Tigers Wives: The auction features items hand-selected by the Tigers Wives including unique memorabilia ranging from baseballs to game used items and autographed memorabilia along with items to reflect their husbands’ favorite things like gift cards to their favorite restaurants, their favorite CD, DVD and books and favorite snacks. The auction also includes items to reflect the favorite things of your favorite FOX Sports Detroit personalities including Rod Allen, Mario Impemba and more! The packages representing the Tigers players, coaches, alumni and FSD broadcasters will be auctioned during the broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and MLB.tv. The PAWS “Favorite Things” basket will be auctioned on tigers.com/wives ONLY. Fox Sports Detroit will promote the auction items during the broadcast on Wednesday, August 26 and encourage fans to bid by calling the Broadcast Auction hotline at 313-471-2100. The first 100 people to call and donate $50 or more will receive a Detroit Tigers mystery grab gag which is guaranteed to contain an autographed baseball or photograph signed by a current Tigers player or coach or a Tigers alumni. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities.
  • Navy Band, “Horizon” will play in the Big Cat Court.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Electrician’s Mate First Class Matthew Harkless.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers Fan Martin Dellenbach.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Russ Ives, representing Rose Pest Solutions.

Thursday, August 27 vs. Los Angeles Angels at 1:08 PM

  • The national anthem will be performed by Richmond Community Choir, of Richmond, Michigan.

TRAFFIC UPDATES:

  • For traffic updates fans can find alerts and alternative routes at tigers.com, and visit tigers.com/ballparkapp to download the MLB.com Ballpark app., and fans can follow @tigers on Twitter.
  • We recommend tuning to WWJ 950 AM for up-to-the-minute updates on traffic alerts and closures.
  • Fans can also check with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Detroit Department of Transportation for real-time road closures and detours at www.michigan.gov/mdot and download the Mi Drive app. and you can also visit www.m-1rail.com.

PAWS TRACKS TO COMERICA PARK:

  • Please remember to avoid delays, that it’s best to arrive early to Comerica Park.
  • Traffic patterns may be modified at the discretion of law enforcement agencies.
  • Tigers gameday and event traffic patterns go into effect a minimum of three hours prior to start time.

TRAFFIC UPDATES: August 22, 2015

Tigers Parking Advisory, Saturday, August 22

Due to the anticipated heavy volume of patrons in downtown Detroit with the Kenny Chesney concert taking place at Ford Field and Idina Menzel at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, August 22, Olympia Development Parking Services is holding all the lots it controls east of Woodward Avenue for guests attending the 7:08 p.m. Tigers game. Guests must show a ticket, parking pass, or have tickets at Will Call to the Tigers game to park in these lots.

Tailgating will also be prohibited to ensure there is ample parking. All parking lots located west of Woodward Avenue that are operated by Olympia Development will be available on a first come first serve basis to both Tigers and Ford Field fans. Please plan accordingly as traffic in the area will be significantly higher than normal. There is an estimated 85,000 people who will be attending events in the area. Please note, doors open for the concert at Ford Field at 3:30 p.m. and the show starts at 4:45 p.m.

In addition there will be lane closures on Woodward Avenue due to construction of the M-1 Rail project. It is recommended that guests utilize the various shuttles that many local bars, restaurants and casinos offer.

Click here for more information on parking.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: I-94 Closure from I-75 to the Lodge Freeway

Because of on-going construction and regular gameday traffic, please note the following:

All I-94 east and westbound lanes will be closed from I-75 to the Lodge Freeway starting Friday, August 21 at 9:00 p.m. through Sunday, August 23 for bridge demolition.

Click here for more information on getting to Comerica Park.

In addition there will be lane closures on Woodward Avenue due to construction of the M-1 Rail project. It is recommended that guests utilize the various shuttles that many local bars, restaurants and casinos offer.

  • For traffic updates fans can find alerts and alternative routes at tigers.com, and visit tigers.com/ballparkapp to download the MLB.com Ballpark app., and fans can follow @tigers and @MDOT_MetroDet on Twitter.
  • We recommend tuning to WWJ 950 AM for up-to-the-minute updates on traffic alerts and closures.
  • Fans can also check with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Detroit Department of Transportation for real-time road closures and detours at www.michigan.gov/mdot and download the Mi Drive app. and you can also visit www.m-1rail.com.

Tigers Close Out August with Seven Games Against Rangers and Angels at Home

After taking two games the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the #Tigers return home for seven home games in eight days to close out the month of August. The #Tigers host the Texas Rangers for a four-game weekend series (August 20-23) and will finish up the homestand with a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels (August 25-27). On Monday, August 24, the Tigers will travel to Cincinnati to play a 7:10 p.m. contest against the Reds, a game rescheduled from June 18 that was rained out at Great American Ballpark.

TRAFFIC UPDATES:

  • For traffic updates fans can find alerts and alternative routes at tigers.com, and visit tigers.com/ballparkapp to download the MLB.com Ballpark app., and fans can follow @tigers on Twitter.
  • We recommend tuning to WWJ 950 AM for up-to-the-minute updates on traffic alerts and closures.
  • Fans can also check with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Detroit Department of Transportation for real-time road closures and detours atwww.michigan.gov/mdot and download the Mi Drive app. and you can also visit www.m-1rail.com.

Thursday, August 20 vs. Texas Rangers at 7:08 PM

  • Hometown Championship Ceremony: The nine winning teams, the winners of the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition, and the Home Run Champions from the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship will be honored during an on-field ceremony at Comerica Park. Joining the winning teams on the field will be nearly 2,000 players and coaches who played in the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship as they participate in a parade of teams around the field. The 2015 Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship was a youth baseball and softball tournament held earlier this month in Detroit for children ages 6-18. 2015 marked the 20th year of the popular tournament hosted in partnership by the Youth Development Commission, the City of Detroit Recreation Department and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The tournament is funded through a grant provided by the Detroit Tigers Foundation as part of Play Baseball Detroit in an effort to grow youth baseball and softball in the greater Detroit region. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced the launch of “PLAY BALL,” a significant new initiative that will encourage widespread participation in all forms of baseball activities among all age groups, especially youth.
  • The first 10,000 fans 18-and-over will receive a Detroit Tigers All-Star Poster, sponsored by the Michigan Lottery.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the MacArthur Middle School Concert Choir, of Southfield, Michigan.

Friday, August 21 vs. Texas Rangers at 7:08 PM

  • MSU Night: The Detroit Tigers along with FOX Sports Detroit are hosting the third installment of their University Days series at Comerica Park. MSU cheerleaders will provide on-field pregame entertainment along with a performance from the MSU dance team before the game. The cheerleaders and dance team members will accompany the DTE Energy Squad during the seventh inning stretch. The night will also feature a special appearance by Sparty, MSU’s official mascot. All fans who purchased the MSU University Days ticket package will receive a Detroit Tigers baseball hat in MSU colors and a donation will be made to the MSU General Scholarship Fund.
  • Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will happen on Friday and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is Detroit PAL. Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs. Tickets will be sold on a digital platform and are three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. The winner will be announced on the Comerica Park scoreboard before the end of the game. The 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised more than $1,038,391.50 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $17,039.50.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Rochelle Chezick, representing Bank of America and former Spartan basketball player, Marteen Cleaves.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Steve Martin, a doctoral student, studying voice performance in the MSU School of Music and the Michigan State University Police Honor Guard will present our nations colors.
  • Friday Night Fireworks: Presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

Saturday, August 22 vs. Texas Rangers at 7:08 PM

  • Verlander’s Victory for Veterans: This season, for each Saturday home game, Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander’s personal luxury suite. After serving our country, the special day provides American veterans the opportunity to enjoy a Tigers game with their family. Veterans share 18 luxury suite tickets and parking passes in the Tigers Parking Garage. Food and beverage is provided for the guests courtesy of Verlander. Veterans receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander and a Verlander’s Victory for Veterans t-shirt.
  • UMPS CARE: Through The BLUE Crew Ticket program, guests will receive complimentary game tickets, a Tigers cap, food and beverage vouchers, baseball themed items and a photo to remember their experience at Comerica Park. Additionally all guests are given the opportunity to meet the umpires and take a photo on the field. Participants are selected through Boys and Girls Club of America and the Dave Thomas Foundation. The entire program is courtesy of UMPS CARE Charities.
  • The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by Steven Brodzinski, representing Troy Baseball and Tigers Fan Maddie Wu.
  • The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Kenny Nelson of Clarkston, Michigan.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks: Presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

Sunday, August 23 vs. Texas Rangers at 1:08 PM

  • Strike Out Bullying Rally: Prior to the game, the Tigers in partnership with the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, The Detroit Newspapers In Education, AMP Radio and Defeat the Label will host a Strike Out Bullying event. Fans of all ages will be invited to sign the Detroit Tigers pledge to stop bullying. Prior to the game a group of parents and children will participate in an on-field parade to demonstrate their commitment to end bullying. In 2013, The Detroit Tigers were awarded the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence for the Club’s anti-bullying program. The award was created to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB clubs.
  • All kids 14-and-under will receive Strike Out Bullying Dog Tags, courtesy of Michigan State Police and ICAC Task Force.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Vocalist Alison Albrecht.
  • God Bless America will be performed in the seventh inning stretch by Cantor Rachel Kalmowitz from Tempel Beth El in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
  • All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-under will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game, weather permitting.

Tuesday, August 25 vs. Los Angeles Angels at 7:08 PM

  • Cornerstone “Be a Tiger for Kids”: Cornerstone Schools hosts the 10th annual “Be a Tiger for Kids” event at Comerica Park. The family-friendly event features and children’s activities and serves as Cornerstone’s premier fundraiser to provide scholarships to families with 3,000 supporters scheduled to participate. Supporters and students from Cornerstone Schools also participate in an on-field pre-game ceremony, throwing the ceremonial first pitches, performing the National Anthem, and taking part in Kids Take the Field, Kids Run the Bases, and other fun-filled activities and family entertainment.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the  Cornerstone Choir.

Wednesday, August 26 vs. Los Angeles Angels at 7:08 PM

  • Detroit Tigers Foundation and FOX Sports Detroit Broadcast Auction with the Tigers Wives: The auction features items hand-selected by the Tigers Wives including unique memorabilia ranging from baseballs to game used items and autographed memorabilia along with items to reflect their famous husbands’ favorite things like gift cards to their favorite restaurants, their favorite CD, DVD and books and favorite snacks. The auction also includes items to reflect the favorite things of your favorite FOX Sports Detroit personalities including Rod Allen, Mario Impemba and more! The packages representing the Tigers players, coaches, alumni and FSD broadcasters will be auctioned during the broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and MLB.tv. The PAWS “Favorite Things” basket will be auctioned on tigers.com/wives ONLY. Fox Sports Detroit will promote the auction items during the broadcast on Wednesday, August 26 and encourage fans to bid by calling the Broadcast Auction hotline at 313-471-2100. The first 100 people to call and donate $50 or more will receive a Detroit Tigers Mystery Grab Bag which is guaranteed to contain an autographed baseball or photograph signed by a current Tigers player or coach or a Tigers alumni. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities.
  • Navy Band, “Horizon” will play in the Big Cat Court from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Electrician’s Mate First Class Matthew Harkless.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers Fan Martin Dellenbach.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Russ Ives, representing Rose Pest Solutions.

Thursday, August 27 vs. Los Angeles Angels at 1:08 PM

  • The national anthem will be performed by Richmond Community Choir, of Richmond, Michigan.

 

PAWS TRACKS TO COMERICA PARK:

  • Please remember to avoid delays, that it’s best to arrive early to Comerica Park.
  • Traffic patterns may be modified at the discretion of law enforcement agencies.
  • Tigers gameday and event traffic patterns go into effect a minimum of three hours prior to start time.

Get your Tigers tickets now! Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).

SUMMER HEATS UP AS TIGERS HOST ROYALS AND RED SOX IN SIX-GAME HOMESTAND AT COMERICA PARK

The #Tigers host the Kansas City Royals for a three-game series (August 4-6) and will finish up the homestand with a three-game weekend series against the Boston Red Sox (August 7-9).

Get your Tigers tickets for the 2015 season at Comerica Park now! Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).

WEEKDAY VALUE TICKET PACKAGE: The Detroit Tigers are offering a weekday value pack that includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four sodas starting at $76. Offer is available for all three games against the Kansas City Royals (August 4-6).

Tuesday, August 4 vs. Kansas City Royals at 7:08 PM

  • Kinsler’s Kids: The Kinsler family hosts 90 guests in partnership with The Birthday Party Project, which brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. During the summer months, The Birthday Party Project will celebrate its monthly birthday parties at Comerica Park with all the bells and whistles. All guests are treated to a Detroit Tigers game, receive ballpark fare dinner, a cupcake and a Kinsler’s Kids t-shirt. The children celebrating their birthdays that month also receive a personalized authentic Detroit Tigers jersey and an autographed photo signed by Ian Kinsler. The children and families are selected by The Birthday Party Project in conjunction with Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS).
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Army Veteran and Tigers Fan, Peter Louisell.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Concordia University Choir.

Wednesday, August 5 vs. Kansas City Royals at 7:08 PM

  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers Fan James Schlip.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Singing Crusaders.

Thursday, August 6 vs. Kansas City Royals at 1:08 PM

  • The game ball will be delivered by Captain Jonathan Turnbull of the United States Army from Gaylord, Michigan. Captain Turnbull recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan. He is a West Point Military Academy graduate and recently graduated Special Forces. Captain Turnbull has proudly served the U.S Army for five years.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Justin Lipski, representing Massage Green Spa, Tigers Fan Jeff Grimm and 97-year-old Tigers Fan, Catherine “Bunny” Rejefski.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the vocalist Christina Chriss.

Friday, August 7 vs. Boston Red Sox at 7:08 PM

  • ¡Fiesta Tigres! Launch: As a kickoff to the 2015 ¡Fiesta Tigres! festivities, Sean Blackman in Transit will be performing on the Comerica Park concourse in the Big Cat Court from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Placido Polanco Q&A Session: Fans will have the opportunity to experience an up-close and personal one-on-one interview with Placido Polanco. The interview will take place from 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. on the Comerica Park concourse in the Big Cat Court.
  • Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will happen on Friday and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is a Play Baseball Detroit youth baseball team.
  • The Henry Ford Historic Baseball Players: Historic baseball players from Greenfield Village will be on the Comerica Park concourse and fans will be randomly selected to receive “Innovation Nation” prizes courtesy of The Henry Ford.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Airman First Class Joshua Legant of the United States Air Force from Holly, Michigan. A1C Legant has recently returned from deployment in Qatar. He will be promoted to Senior Airman on August 11th by receiving the Below the Zone Award. A1C Legant has served the U.S Air Force for 2 years.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by a representive of Pepsi.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the DTE Singers.
  • Friday Night Fireworks: Presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

Saturday, August 8 vs. Boston Red Sox at 7:08 PM

  • ¡Fiesta Tigres!: The Tigers will host the 10th Annual ¡Fiesta Tigres!, sponsored by Miller Lite, to recognize and honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players to the game of baseball. Current Tigers players with Hispanic or Latino heritage will be honored as part of the ¡Fiesta Tigres! celebration. In addition, the Tigers will pay tribute to Placido Polanco, a member of the 2006 Detroit Tigers World Series team in a special on-field, pre-game ceremony. Polanco will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch. ¡Fiesta Tigres! will feature live entertainment on the concourse from salsa and merengue band Orquesta Sensacional, Cuban Jazz by Tumbao Bravo, premiere guitar duo Los Primos, Xplozivo and a roaming mariachi. Spanish radio stations, La Mega 88.1 and La Explosiva-WSDS 1480AM will be broadcasting live from the concourse. Returning to ¡Fiesta Tigres! in 2015, the Tigers will wear a special alternate uniform with the Spanish translation of “Tigres” on the chest.
  • ¡Fiesta Tigres! Giveaway:The first 10,000 fans 21-and-older will receive a ¡Fiesta Tigres! hat, courtesy of Miller Lite.
  • Jose Iglesias Autograph Signing: Tigers All-Star shortstop Jose Iglesias will be signing autographs at Comerica Park from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the D Shop. Don’t miss this special opportunity to meet Jose at his first public signing in Detroit and get your autograph authenticated by Major League Baseball. The Tigers offer authentication of autographed items at a public signing to make each fan’s autograph unique. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. A limited supply of tickets are available and can be purchased exclusively at the Detroit Tigers Authentics kiosk in the ballpark located near section 134 or by calling Marc Himelstein, Detroit Tigers Director of Authentics. A ticket is required for admission to the autograph signing. Fans that bring their own items will pay $50 per ticket for autographs on baseballs and flat items such as photos and $75 for all other premium items, personal inscriptions (five words or less) are an additional $20. All tickets include free parking in lots 1, 2 and 3, located near the ballpark.
  • Verlander’s Victory for Veterans: At all remaining Saturday regular season home games, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander’s personal luxury suite. After serving our country, the special day provides American veterans the opportunity to enjoy a Tigers game with their family. Veterans share 18 luxury suite tickets and parking passes in the Tigers Parking Garage. Food and beverage is provided for the guests courtesy of Verlander. Veterans receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander and all guests receive a Verlander’s Victory for Veterans t-shirt.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Petty Officer First Class Carlos Ramirez of the United States Navy from Grand Ledge, Michigan. Petty Officer Ramirez has served three tours supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait and the Horn of Africa. He has proudly served the United States Navy for 17 years.
  • The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Caleb Gutierrez.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks: A special themed ¡Fiesta Tigres! fireworks display presented by Pepsi (weather permitting) and ¡Fiesta Tigres! postgame Tigers Trivia Challenge.

Sunday, August 9 vs. Boston Red Sox at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.

  • Team Mickey All-Star Baseball Tour: The #TeamMickey All-Star Baseball Tour is stopping at Comerica Park. In addition to existing Sunday Kid’s Day events, guests can enjoy exciting Mickey Mouse themed activities including the chance to see three all-new Mickey Mouse animated baseball clips and other fun video clips from the Emmy® and Annie Award-winning “Disney Mickey Mouse” cartoons. Plus, lucky fans will have the chance to win Mickey-themed merchandise by participating in interactive activities throughout the game. Local Boys & Girls Club members and Detroit Tigers Kids Club members will also be selected to attend and participate in the exciting pre-game on-field celebration. The Walt Disney Company partners with parents and inspires kids to lead healthier lifestyles. Through engaging content, useful tools and unique experiences, The Company makes nutritious eating and physical activity simple and fun. Ticket packages featuring Mickey and Detroit Tigers cobranded hats are still available at tigers.com/teammickey.
  • Jose Iglesias Poster Giveaway: All kids 14-and-under will receive a Jose Iglesias Poster, courtesy of Meijer. 
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by a lucky Kid’s Club member accompanied by a special guest from Team Mickey.
  • The national anthem and God Bless America will be performed prior to the bottom of the seventh inning by Mosaic Youth Group.
  • Sunday Kids Day: All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-under will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game, weather permitting.

TRAFFIC UPDATES:

  • For traffic updates fans can find alerts and alternative routes at tigers.com, and visit tigers.com/ballparkapp to download the MLB.com Ballpark app., and fans can follow @tigers on Twitter. We recommend tuning to WWJ 950 AM for up-to-the-minute updates on traffic alerts and closures.
  • Fans can also check with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Detroit Department of Transportation for real-time road closures and detours at www.michigan.gov/mdot and download the Mi Drive app. and you can also visit www.m-1rail.com.

PAWS TRACKS TO COMERICA PARK:

  • Please remember to avoid delays, that it’s best to arrive early to Comerica Park.
  • Traffic patterns may be modified at the discretion of law enforcement agencies.
  • Tigers gameday and event traffic patterns go into effect a minimum of three hours prior to start time.

Detroit Tigers acquire Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa from New York Mets in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes

The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has acquired righthanded pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa from the New York Mets in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Fulmer, 22, has spent most of the 2015 season with Double A Binghamton, making 15 starts and compiling a 6-2 record with a 1.88 ERA (86.0IP/18ER) and 83 strikeouts. Fulmer has held opponents to a .227 batting average while with Binghamton. Fulmer also made one start this season with Single A St. Lucie and had a 0-0 record with a 3.86 ERA (7.0IP/3ER) and nine strikeouts. Over his minor league career, Fulmer has a 22-23 record with a 3.20 ERA (351.1IP/125ER) and 332 strikeouts in 70 appearances, including 69 starts. The 6-3, 200 lbs. righthander is ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Mets organization, according to MLB.com. A native of Edmond, Oklahoma, Fulmer was selected by the Mets in the compensation A round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

Cessa, 23, has split the 2015 season between Double A Binghamton and Triple A Las Vegas. In 18 starts between Double A and Triple A, Cessa has a 7-7 record with a 3.98 ERA (101.2IP/45ER) and 85 strikeouts. In 88 career appearances as a minor leaguer, including 79 starts, Cessa has a 31-27 record with a 3.50 ERA (476.0IP/185ER) and 385 strikeouts. The 6-3, 190 lbs. righthanded pitcher is ranked as the No. 16 prospect in the Mets organization, according to MLB.com. A native of Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico, Cessa was signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent on July 9, 2008.

Cespedes has posted a .293 (118×403) batting average with 62 runs scored, 28 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 102 games this season.

DETROIT TIGERS ACQUIRE DANIEL NORRIS, MATT BOYD AND JAIRO LABOURT IN EXCHANGE FOR DAVID PRICE FROM TORONTO BLUE JAYS

The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has acquired lefthanded pitcher’s Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for lefthanded pitcher David Price.

Norris, 22, has compiled a 1-1 record, 3.86 ERA (23.1IP/10ER), and 18 strikeouts over five starts with the Blue Jays this season. Since his major league debut last season, the lefty has compiled a 1-1 record, 4.20 ERA, (30.0IP/14ER) and 22 strikeouts over 10 games (six games started). Norris has spent most of this season at the Triple A level with the Buffalo Bisons, compiling a 3-10 record. 4.27 ERA (90.2IP/43ER), and 78 strikeouts over 16 games started. The 6-2, 195 lbs. lefthander participated in the SirusXM All-Star Futures Game in 2014 and was named the 18th-best prospect following the season by Baseball America. Additionally, he was named by MLB earlier this year as the third-best lefthanded pitcher prospect in baseball. The Johnson City, Tennessee native was originally selected by Toronto in the 2nd round of the June 2011 draft.

Boyd, 24, made his major league debut earlier this season for Toronto and appeared in two games with the Blue Jays. He has split 2015 between Triple A Buffalo and Double A New Hampshire, compiling a combined 9-2 record, 1.68 ERA (112.2IP/21ER), and 107 strikeouts over 18 games started between both teams. Over his minor league career, Boyd has posted a 15-12 record, 2.50 ERA (270.0IP/75ER) and 277 strikeouts over 52 games (49 games started). The 6-3, 215 lbs. Seattle, Washington native attended Oregon State University and was selected by the Blue Jays in the 6th round of the June 2014 draft.

Labourt, 21, has posted a 2-7 record, 4.59 ERA (80.1IP/41ER) and 70 strikeouts in 18 games started this season with Single A Dunedin this season. Over his minor league career, he has posted a 9-19 record, 3.12 ERA (291.2IP/101ER) and 276 strikeouts over 75 games (68 games started). He was selected to participate in the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game prior to this season’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati. The 6-4, 204 lbs. native of Azua, Dominican Republic was originally signed by the Blue Jays on March 7, 2011.

David Price compiled a 9-4 record, 2.53 ERA (146.0IP/41ER) and 138 strikeouts over 21 games started with the Tigers this season. Since his acquisition on July 31st of last season from the Tampa Bay Rays, he posted a 13-8 record, 2.90 ERA (223.2IP/72ER) and 220 strikeouts over 32 games started with the Tigers.

To create space on the 40-man roster, the Tigers have transferred lefthanded pitcher Kyle Lobstein to the 60- day disabled list.

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: July 17 – 23

The #Tigers  start a seven game homesteand this week with games against the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners. Here’s everything you need to know about the events happening at Comerica Park during the upcoming homestand:

J.D. MARTINEZ ALL-STAR TICKET DEAL:
Tigers fans can purchase an upper box ticket for $28.00 for Friday, July 17 vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Visit tigers.com for this online-only offer.

DIAMOND DEAL: For July 20-23 vs. Seattle Mariners, the Tigers are offering 25% off Mezzanine tickets. This ticket offer is only available from Friday, July 17 at noon until Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM ET. To take advantage of this online-only offer visit tigers.com.

TRAFFIC UPDATES:

  • For traffic updates fans can find alerts and alternative routes at tigers.com, and visit tigers.com/ballparkapp to download the MLB.com Ballpark app., and fans can follow @tigers on Twitter. We recommend tuning to WWJ 950 AM for up-to-the-minute updates on traffic alerts and closures.
  • Fans can also check with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Detroit Department of Transportation for real-time road closures and detours at www.michigan.gov/mdot and download the Mi Drive app. and you can also visit www.m-1rail.com.
  • M-1 will be performing work on the ADA curbs in front of Hockeytown Cafe and the Fox Theatre. As a result, the main entrance into Hockeytown Cafe will be closed and guests should enter through the doors under the City Theatre marquee. Short detours will be posted to steer pedestrians around curb work in front of the Fox.

PAWS TRACKS TO COMERICA PARK:

  • Please remember to avoid delays, that it’s best to arrive early to Comerica Park.
  • Traffic patterns may be modified at the discretion of law enforcement agencies.
  • Tigers gameday and event traffic patterns go into effect a minimum of three hours prior to start time.

Friday, July 17 vs. Baltimore Orioles at 7:08 PM

  • Country Night: Don’t forget to bring your cowboy boots and hat and saddle up for a country-filled night at the Tigers game. There will be live entertainment throughout the concourse featuring national recording artist Jackie Lee in the Big Cat Court, Detroit native Paulina Jayne at Gate B, and Mount Pleasant’s Still Thinking Band will perform on the FOX Sports Detroit Stage outside the Brushfire Grill prior to the 7:08 PM start. Along with the performers, there will be a mechanical bull in the Big Cat Court, a giant sized bull to greet fans outside of Gate A and country karaoke will be available at the New Amsterdam 416 Bar.
  • Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is the American Diabetes Association. The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Captain Ryan Stec of the United States Air Force from Novi, MI. Captain Stec has deployed twice with his first tour in the Horn of Africa and most recently returning from deployment in Southwest Asia supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Freedom Sentinel. He has been awarded the Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, and the 9th Air Force Flight Safety Award. He has proudly served the United States Air Force for six years.
  • D Shop Gift with Purchase: Beginning July 17, fans who purchase $150 in merchandise will receive a FREE Detroit Tigers Picnic Blanket. This offer is only available in The D Shop and is while supplies last.
  • The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus and Tigers Fans Rick Durren and Melody Gruber.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Country Artist, Jackie Lee.
  • Friday Night Fireworks: Presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

Saturday, July 18 vs. Baltimore Orioles at 7:08 PM

  • The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by Michael Herrmann, representing Real Life 101 and Tigers Fan Brandon Rosely.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Detroit Stars singing competition winner from Negro Leagues Weekend, Lynn Dillard.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks: Presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

Sunday, July 19 vs. Baltimore Orioles at 1:08 PM

  • Verlander’s Victory for Veterans: For each of his home starts, Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander’s personal luxury suite.
  • KinderVision: The Detroit Tigers continue to partner with KinderVision through an MLB initiative to raise awareness of and prevent child abduction and child exploitation. KinderVision is hosted by the Tigers at an awareness booth, located in the Brushfire Grill, to protect families through a unique, pro-active, video-based program. The awareness booth will provide educational materials for parents and children as well as a complimentary DVD for children with safety tips. As an added incentive, children are able to be video recorded at the booth with the video clip edited to the end of the DVD creating a personalized video. For more information, visit http://www.TheGreatestSave.org.
  • PAWS Coin Bank Giveaway: All kids 14-and-under will receive a PAWS Coin Bank, courtesy of Total Performance Engine Oil.
  • Sunday Kids Day: All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-under will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game, weather permitting.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Saline Summer Band.
  • God Bless America will be performed by 13-year-old Caleb Carroll prior to the bottom of the seventh inning.

Monday, July 20 vs. Seattle Mariners at 7:08 PM

  • MVP (Military Veteran’s Program): Mario Impemba’s salute to those who served. Through the program, Mario invites those who served and the families impacted by the service of a loved one in support of our nation to attend Monday home games at Comerica Park.
  • David Price Bobblehead Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans will receive a David Price Bobblehead, sponsored by BallPark.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Hentkowski of the United States Army from Posen, MI. CW2 Hentkowski has served deployments in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has been awarded two Bronze Stars, ten Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Badge, and eight Combat Service Stripes. He has proudly served the United States Army for 19 years.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Langsford Men’s Chorus.

Tuesday, July 21 vs. Seattle Mariners at 7:08 PM

  • Christmas In July: Why wait until December to celebrate the holiday season? Christmas in July, sponsored by the Parade Company, returns to Comerica Park on Tuesday. Santa Claus will pose for pictures at Gate A with fans and participate in the “Prance Around the Park” pre-game on-field parade featuring 250 Salvation Army Day Campers, the Detroit Tigers Kids Club Grand Marshall and The Grinch and Cirque Dreams Holidaze performers, who will also be appearing on the concourse prior to the 7:08 PM start. Musical entertainment for the special occasion includes Christmas music throughout the ballpark, The Salvation Army Brass Bands and Bell Choir and Vincent York’s Jazzistry. Salvation Army Red Kettles will be located at all entrances to the ballpark so fans can help celebrate the season of giving.
  • Sanchez’s Little Smiles: Through the generosity of Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez and his wife Ana, the Sanchez family invites 19 guests to attend a Tigers baseball game in a grand fashion. The special evening includes tickets to the Sanchez Family’s challenges of caring for children with health concerns and other adversities. Sanchez’s Little Smiles provides families the opportunity to escape their daily struggles and enjoy an evening together while watching Tigers baseball at Comerica Park. On July 21, families from Variety, the Children’s Charity attend the game through Sanchez’s Little Smiles. The guests of Sanchez’s Little Smiles have the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and meet Anibal Sanchez.
  • Kinsler’s Kids: Through the program, the Kinsler family hosts 90 guests in partnership with The Birthday Party Project, which brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. During the summer months, The Birthday Party Project will celebrate its monthly birthday parties at Comerica Park with all the bells and whistles. All guests are treated to a Detroit Tigers game, receive ballpark fare dinner, a cupcake and a Kinsler’s Kids t-shirt. The children celebrating their birthdays that month also receive a personalized authentic Detroit Tigers jersey and an autographed photo signed by Ian Kinsler. The children and families are selected by The Birthday Party Project in conjunction with Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS).
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Santa Claus.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Rob Bourassa.

Wednesday, July 22 vs. Seattle Mariners at 7:08 PM

  • TRUEMU Night: The Detroit Tigers along with FOX Sports Detroit are hosting the second installment of their University Days series at Comerica Park. EMU cheerleaders and dance team will provide on-field pregame entertainment along with a performance from the EMU dance team before the game. The cheerleaders and dance team members will accompany the DTE Energy Squad during the seventh inning stretch. The night will also feature a special appearance by Swoop, EMU’s mascot. All fans who purchased the TRUEMU ticket package will receive a Detroit Tigers baseball hat in EMU colors.
  • Floppy Hat Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans will receive a “Rally Time” Floppy Hat, courtesy of National Coney Island.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Walter Kraft, Eastern Michigan University’s Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs.
  • The national anthem will be performed by EMU Student, Kelsey Tate.

Thursday, July 23 vs. Seattle Mariners at 1:08 PM

  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers Fan Rob O’Reilly.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Cantor Joel Coleman.

Get your Tigers tickets for the 2015 season at Comerica Park now! Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).

10 Reasons to #VoteYo

If you haven’t been following the Tigers on social media, you might not know that Yoenis Cespedes is up for this year’s Final Vote. If you have been following the Tigers, you know that he has the chance to join Miguel Cabrera, Jose Iglesias, J.D. Martinez and David Price at the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. We need your help to vote him in! 

There are two ways to vote (there is no voting limit, so vote as many times as you can):
– Visit tigers.com/vote
– Text A2 to 89269

If you’re on the fence, here are 10 reasons you should #VoteYo:

10. NOPE! Not in #VoteYo’s house! 

9. This handshake with V-Mart

8. He has an emoji!

7. This grand slam!

6. That swing. 

5. David Price says so. 

4. This catch. 

3. He’s the reigning two-time Home Run Derby champ! 

2. Coach Harbaugh wants you to #VoteYo!

1. That swing (again). 

The #Tigers have teamed up with the Reds to help get more fans to #VoteYo! Make sure you #VoteYo and #VoteCueto today!

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: June 30 – July 5

The #Tigers host the Pittsburgh Pirates for a three-game series (June 30-July 2) and will finish up the homestand with a three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays (July 3-5). Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s games are scheduled for 7:08 p.m., while Thursday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s games start at 1:08 p.m.

Get your Tigers tickets for the 2015 season at Comerica Park now! Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).

STARS AND STRIPES: Join the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park and celebrate America’s independence during the week of June 30-July 5. The ticket package includes an upper box infield ticket as well as a Detroit Tigers Fourth of July t-shirt. For more information regarding the ticket package visit tigers.com or to order 15 or more tickets please contact Matt Capone at matt.capone@detroittigers.com.

#VOTETIGERS: Voting is open now through July 2 and fans are encouraged to vote early and often. Miguel Cabrera regained his lead for first baseman this past week, while Yoenis Cespedes is closing in on an outfield start. Other Tigers players are near the tops of their position lists, so make your 35 votes count and VOTE TIGERS! Fans around the world can cast their votes for position starters 35 times by visiting tigers.com/vote.

TRAFFIC UPDATES:

  • For traffic updates fans can find alerts and alternative routes at tigers.com, and visit tigers.com/ballparkapp to download the MLB.com Ballpark app., and fans can follow @tigers on Twitter. We recommend tuning to WWJ 950 AM for up-to-the-minute updates on traffic alerts and closures.
  • Fans can also check with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Detroit Department of Transportation for real-time road closures and detours atwww.michigan.gov/mdot and download the Mi Drive app. and you can also visit http://www.m-1rail.com

PAWS TRACKS TO COMERICA PARK:

  • Please remember to avoid delays, that it’s best to arrive early to Comerica Park.
  • Traffic patterns may be modified at the discretion of law enforcement agencies.
  • Tigers gameday and event traffic patterns go into effect a minimum of three hours prior to start time.

Tuesday, June 30 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:08 PM

  • The Play Baseball Detroit Day at Comerica Park is an on-field ceremony designed to help bring recognition and exposure to all of the components of the Play Baseball Detroit program. “Play Baseball Detroit” is a comprehensive urban youth baseball outreach program dedicated to encouraging and supporting youth baseball and softball programs in the greater Detroit region. The multi-faceted program features equipment collections, school rallies, youth clinics and a competitive tournament to encourage and develop our region’s young athletes into the baseball stars of tomorrow. Launched in 2008 with the financial assistance of Detroit Tigers players, the program continues to be funded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. Play Baseball Detroit Day program will feature youth ball players from the Tiny Tigers, Baseball FUNdamentals, Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship and Team Tigers programs. The ceremony also features Juan Carlos Sanchez the 2015 Team Tigers Coach of the Year, an award to recognize a Team Tigers Coach for his/her dedication and commitment to Youth Baseball or Softball, and Jimmy Settles the 2015 Champions Award Winner recognizing an individual for his/her long standing dedication and profound impact on the Game of baseball and softball.
  • Verlander’s Victory for Veterans: When Justin Verlander takes the mound at Comerica Park, he strives for victory. This season, his outings on the hill take on a new meaning. For each of his home starts, Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander’s personal luxury suite. After serving our country, the special day provides American veterans the opportunity to enjoy a Tigers game with their family. Veterans share 18 luxury suite tickets and parking passes in the Tigers Parking Garage. Food and beverage is provided for the guests courtesy of Verlander. Veterans receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander and a Verlander’s Victory for Veterans t-shirt. When you see Verlander on the mound, he is not only playing for his team and Tigers fans around the world, he is also playing for America’s heroes.
  • Kinsler’s Kids: Through the program, the Kinsler family hosts 90 guests in partnership with The Birthday Party Project who brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays.During the summer months, The Birthday Party Project will celebrate its monthly birthday parties at Comerica Park with all the bells and whistles. All guests are treated to a Detroit Tigers game, receive ballpark fare dinner, a cupcake and a Kinsler’s Kids t-shirt. The children celebrating their birthdays that month also receive a personalized authentic Detroit Tigers jersey and an autographed photo signed by Ian Kinsler. The children and families are selected by The Birthday Party Project in conjunction with Coalition on Temporary Shelter.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Specialist Derek Allgier of the United States Army from Genoa, OH. Specialist Allgier recently returned from deployment in the Middle East. During his first deployment in South Korea, he received an Army Achievement Medal Award. He has proudly served the United States Army for three years.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by University of Michigan’s head football coach, Jim Harbaugh.
  • The national anthem will be performed by vocalist, Michael Greene.

Wednesday, July 1 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:08 PM

  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a Yoenis Cespedes Bobblehead, courtesy of Frito-Lay. 11379743_1620299741541406_948378922_n
  • Willie Horton Scholarship Award Ceremony: The Tigers created this annual scholarship in 2000 in honor of hometown hero and former Tiger Willie Horton. Each year, a $5,000 scholarship is awarded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, to a senior from Detroit’s Northwestern High School, Horton’s alma mater. Scholarship recipients are students who display high levels of commitment to academics, leadership, character development and volunteer involvement. The 2015 Willie Horton Scholarship winner is LaShay Hamilton. LaShay’s accomplishments include: 3.92 grade point average, 1st in her graduating class, Class Valedictorian, National Honor Society, Principal’s Award, Northwestern High School Softball Player, Gleaner’s Food Bank Volunteer, and Michigan Youth in Government Cabinet Member. Willie Horton is scheduled to participate in the ceremony.
  • Buses for Baseball: Through Buses for Baseball, the Detroit Tigers and the Major League Baseball Players Trust host the Munger Lions at Comerica Park. The Tigers provide complimentary tickets, bus transportation by way of the Fox Sports Detroit Fan Express, and the opportunity to watch batting practice. Major League Baseball Players Trust provide food vouchers for the team and arrange a meet and greet with Tigers players.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Petty Officer Second Class Nelson Maczuga of the United States Navy from Wixom, MI. PO2 Maczuga recently returned from deployment in the Western Pacific. He has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has proudly served the United States Navy for three years.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers fan E. Powell Miller.
  • The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Amber Grand.

 

Thursday, July 2 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:08 PM

  • Naturalization Ceremony: 60 individuals will be sworn in as American citizens during a pre-game ceremony on the field at Comerica Park. The oath will be administered by Judge Denise Page Hood through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The new citizens and their family members receive complimentary tickets courtesy of the Detroit Tigers to enjoy America’s Favorite Pastime after officially becoming a citizen of the United States. God Bless America will be performed as part of the ceremony by vocalist Michael Greene.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Captain Michael Gomez of the United States Army from Grand Rapids, MI. Captain Gomez has served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been awarded a Meritorious Bronze Star, three Army Commendation medals, an Iraqi Campaign medal, an Afghanistan Campaign medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service medal, a National Defense Service medal, an Army Service medal, three Overseas Service medals, a NATO medal, a Meritorious Unit Citation, Air Assault Wings, and a Gold German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. He has proudly served the United States Army for eight years.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the United States Army Field Band Brass Quintet.

 

Friday, July 3 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 7:08 PM

  • Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will happen on Friday and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is the South Oakland Shelter, which works with a diverse range of people struggling with homelessness, including first-time homeless individuals and families, the chronically homeless, veterans, domestic violence victims, and people battling substance abuse, mental health issues, and frequently both. Tickets will be sold on a digital platform and are three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. The winner will be announced on the Comerica Park scoreboard before the end of the game. The 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised more than $970,727 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $17,039.50.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Major Matthew Wernert of the United States Army from Eastpoint, MI. Major Wernert has served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been awarded two Bronze Stars, a Combat Action Badge, and a Meritorious Service Medal. He has proudly served the United States Army for 11 years.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers fan Jon Bacon.
  • The national anthem and O’Canada will be performed by World War II veteran Harold Lanning.
  • Friday Night Fireworks: A special version of Independence Day fireworks will be presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

Saturday, July 4 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 1:08 PM

  • The first 10,000 fans 21-and-over will receive a Tigers Patriotic Hat, courtesy of Miller Lite.
  • Armed Forces Recognition Ceremony: The Detroit Tigers celebrate the dedication and sacrifice of current and former members of the Armed Forces on Independence Day. Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans are invited to the field at Comerica Park and are recognized for their service to the United States Armed Forces prior to the start of the game. Nearly 500 service members and Veterans are invited to participate in the pregame ceremony. John Lamphere, Disabled American Veterans, Detroit Regional Office representing all Veterans and Lieutenant Colonel Doug Champagne, 127th Operations Group Commander from Selfridge Air National Guard Base representing all active service members each throw a ceremonial first pitch. Staff Sergeant Mario Jimenez of the 127th Wing of the United States Air Force sings the National Anthem and “God Bless America”. A Joint Services honor guard will present the colors during the National Anthem. All service members and Veterans who participate in the on-field recognition receive a patriotic Detroit Tigers t-shirt.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Staff Sergeant Garrett Pillow of the United States Air Force from Fenton, MI. SSgt Pillow recently returned from deployment with the U.S Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as a Blackhawk Crewchief. He has proudly served the United States Army for 4 years.
  • Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will happen on Friday and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is the South Oakland Shelter, which works with a diverse range of people struggling with homelessness, including first-time homeless individuals and families, the chronically homeless, veterans, domestic violence victims, and people battling substance abuse, mental health issues, and frequently both. Tickets will be sold on a digital platform and are three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. The winner will be announced on the Comerica Park scoreboard before the end of the game. The 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised more than $970,727 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $17,039.50.
  • MVP (Military Veteran’s Program): While MVP – Mario Impemba’s salute to those who served is typically held on Monday home games, the July 4 game is a special edition of the program in honor of Independence Day. The group of 30 Veterans and guests receive a lower-bowl ticket to the Tigers game, a “MVP” t-shirt, a voucher for a BBQ dinner and an autographed photo of Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba. The Veterans and guests arrive to the ballpark in style in the Fox Sports Detroit Fan Express. On July 4, in partnership with Fox Sports Supports, the Tigers partner with Folds of Honor. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. These scholarships help support private education tuition, tutoring and educational summer camps for children K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and children.

Sunday, July 5 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 1:08 PM

  • On-Field Photo Day: From 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. all fans are invited down to the field for a special opportunity to take photos of their favorite Tigers players and coaches. Fans are encouraged to take selfies with their favorite players in the background and tag them on Twitter and Instagram using #TigersSelfies. Please note that this is not an autograph event and posed photos are not permitted. Photo Day is presented by Ballpark and Meijer.
  • PAWS for Applause: The PAWS for Applause program is a partnership between the Detroit Tigers and the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. It’s a campaign that celebrates youth who volunteer their time and resources to make the community better. During the 2015 Tigers season, fans have the opportunity to submit an essay to the O&E Newspapers to nominate a young person in their community for doing something to make their community better. The winner will be recognized on-field prior to the first pitch on Sunday’s game.
  • All kids 14-and-under will receive an Ian Kinsler poster, courtesy of Meijer.
  • All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-under will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game, weather permitting.
  • Topps baseball cards will be distributed to all kids at all gates.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Dr. Steven Zavinsky, representing Red Robin.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Temple Israel Shabbat Singers and O’Canada will be performed by Cantor Michael Smolash.
  • God Bless America will be performed by Rachel Miltmore prior to the bottom of the seventh inning.

Miggy and Justin Verlander host Twitter Q&A

After this afternoon’s game against the White Sox was postponed, some #Tigers players opened up Twitter on their day off. Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander held impromptu Q&A’s this afternoon.

Find all of your favorite Tigers players on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/tigers/lists/tigers-players

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