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Brad Ausmus hosted a Twitter Chat

It’s almost here! #OpeningDayDET is just around the corner and #Tigers fans are ready for the baseball season (and warmer temperatures) to begin. After today’s team workout, Brad Ausmus took to Twitter to answer some questions fans had about the upcoming season and more. Check it out…

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The #Tigers are heading back to Detroit

The final game of Spring Training has been played, and the #Tigers are heading north to Detroit. With #OpeningDayDET just around the corner, the players are just as excited as you are for the baseball season to begin!

En camino a detroit finalmente super contento de estar de vuelta On my way to detroit #perseverancia #gohardgohome

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While the #Tigers have been down at Spring Training, the staff at Comerica Park has been working hard to make sure everything is ready for Opening Day!

Get everything you need to know about Opening Day by clicking here!

Everything you need to know about #OpeningDayDET

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#Tigers fans have been patiently waiting for April 6th all winter long, and with #OpeningDayDET just around the corner, here’s everything you need to know about the new products and promotions, parking and traffic concerns, and the new lineup of baseball, fun and entertainment in and around Comerica Park!

New at Comerica Park: 

  • Gates will be open two hours before first pitch on Opening Day.
  • New merchandise items include golf accessories, pet accessories, sunglasses, watches and more.
  • Seven new menu items will join your favorites at Comerica Park this year.
    • Queso Pork Rinds: Pork rinds with queso cheese dipping sauce. Served at a portable cart near Section 125 and at the Brush Fire Grill.
    • Foot-long Coney Dog: A 1-foot-long, natural-casing hot dog (served in a 1-foot-long bun), topped with Coney sauce and diced onions. Served at a portable cart near Section 140.
    • Chicken Bacon Cheddar Sandwich: House-smoked chicken, topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and barbeque sauce – served in a corn-dusted Kaiser roll. Served at the Brush Fire Grill.
    • Coney Quesadilla: Natural-casing hot dog, topped with Coney sauce, cheddar cheese and onions, and grilled in a flour tortilla. Served at a portable cart near Section 140.
    • Bacon & Eggs: Slab of bacon topped with Sriracha and devilled eggs. Served at a portable cart near Section 125 and at Michigan Craft Beer.
    • Pretzel Dog: Natural-casing frank, topped with French onion dip, potato chips and chopped green onions. Served at the Hot Dog stand in the Food Court.
    • Also new for the 2015 season is a Grab-n-Go stand near Section 147. The location features nearly 125 packaged items – including sandwiches, snacks, beer and soda. As well as a variety of healthy snack options, such as, fresh whole fruit, yogurt, protein bars, house made salads and Germack snack options, just to name a few. The Grab-n-Go stand is designed for quick service, giving fans a convenient shopping experience at the ballpark.
    • Comerica Park also offers Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options throughout its food stands to cater to all fans and giving them the complete ballpark experience.
  • Find out what else is new at Comerica Park by clicking here.

#OpeningDayDET Highlights

Monday, April 6th v. Minnesota Twins at 1:08 PM

  • Gates open at 11:00 AM
  • Michigan native and Academy Award winner, J.K. Simmons will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • The national anthem will be sung by Motown legends and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Four Tops.
  • Opening Day Giveaway: The first 40,000 fans will receive a Detroit Tigers rally towel, compliments of Ball Park and Meijer.
  • Click here to get all of the Homestand Highlights

Parking and Construction

The 2015 season gets underway, Monday, April 6, and the #Tigers are asking all fans to be aware of the following construction and potential traffic concerns.

  • We encourage all guests to plan ahead, arrive early especially on Opening Day, and to enter Comerica Park early. Fans should anticipate traffic delays. We also recommend that guests utilize the various shuttles that many local bars, restaurants and casinos offer.
  • We anticipate parking to be at a premium and most lots surrounding Comerica Park to fill early.
  • Many spaces will be reserved for guests with season parking passes and guests with disabilities.
  • The gravel surface parking lots north of the I-75 Service Drive and west of Woodward Avenue will no longer be available due to site preparation for the new Detroit Events Center, future home of the Detroit Red Wings

Important to Note:

  • Madison Avenue will have lane closures going both east and west from St. Antoine to Beaubien
  • The Detroit Police Department has designated that both north and southbound curb lanes of John R. and Brush St. as “no parking.” Any vehicles parked in these areas could be ticketed and towed.
  • As part of the M-1 Rail project, Woodward Avenue will be restricted to one lane north, one lane south, and a turn lane from Adams to Grand Blvd.

Navigating the Fisher Service Drive closure

Eastbound Fisher approaching Woodward (to access lots east of Woodward including Tiger Garage, Lot 3, 4, and 5):
Take Fisher Service Drive to Park Ave. Turn Right
Turn Left onto Montcalm
Turn Left onto Woodward Ave
Turn Right onto eastbound Fisher Service Drive

Guests can access Lots 1 and 2 using the following

Take Fisher Service Drive to Park Ave. Turn Right
Turn Left onto Montcalm
Cross Woodward and continue straight to Lots 1 and 2
Fans on Woodward will be able to turn left/right onto Montcalm or Elizabeth

Leaving the Ballpark:

I-75 North Ramp entrance ramp at Clifford will be closed

Detour to I-75 North (for those parked in lots west of Woodward)

Guests will be directed north on Clifford and Cass
Take Cass to Martin Luther King (turns into Mack east of Woodward). Turn Right
Turn left onto I-75 North

Vehicles on Woodward will be able to turn left/right on to the Eastbound Service Drive as traffic warrants and space permits.

Leaving Comerica Park

We encourage those fans parked east of Woodward to take John R and Brush St. north to Mack Avenue. Turn right to access I-75 North and South and connect to all other major freeways from there.

The Madison Avenue ramp will also be open for those fans parked south of Comerica Park
Fans parked west of Woodward Avenue are encouraged to take the following

Cass and Clifford north to Mack Avenue or Warren Avenue. Turn right to get to I-75 North and South to reach all major freeways
Take Grand River North to the Lodge Freeway (M-10) to reach I-94 and I-75
Take the I-75 Service Drive West to access I-75 South, I-96, and I-94
We recommend that fans avoid Woodward Avenue as much as possible due to lane reductions from M-1 Rail

Get more parking information by clicking here

 

#DETCaravan Day 2 Recap

The #Tigers continued their Winter Caravan today with stops around the state of Michigan and Metro Detroit. Here are some of the highlights…

Thanks to the Northville fire department for the tour. #heroes #honkedthehorn #DETcaravan #tigerfest

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You can catch all of the tweets sent during the 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan by following #DETCaravan. The guys are back at it again tomorrow during TigerFest! Follow all of the action on social media with #TigerFest.

#DETCaravan Day 1 Recap

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan rolled out of Comerica Park this afternoon to visit fans around the state of Michigan. Here are some of the highlights from Day 1:

Bubble blowing contest. Before and after. #DETCaravan

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Follow along and join the conversation by using #DETCaravan on Twitter and Instagram.

2015 TIGERS WINTER CARAVAN PLAYER APPEARANCES ANNOUNCED

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, presented by Oakland University and in partnership with FOX Sports Detroit, is set for Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23, and features an exciting lineup of stops throughout the state of Michigan. Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski, Executive Vice President of Business Operations Duane McLean, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila, Vice President, Baseball Legal Counsel John Westhoff, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell, Manager Brad Ausmus, coaches, players, broadcasters, and Detroit’s favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will be making more than 30 stops throughout the region, including 12 new locations and three cities never before visited by the Tigers Winter Caravan. The Metro Bus will make a stop in Northville, while the North Bus will debut in Lake City and Grayling.

Metro Bus

Wednesday, January 21

West Michigan Whitecaps Winter Banquet 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture
100 E. Beltline Ave, Grand Rapids
DOMBROWSKI, LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, TRAMMELL
· Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell and Tigers players will participate at a seated dinner for fans.

Thursday, January 22

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Kellogg Center
219 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing
DOMBROWSKI
· Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski will be the keynote speaker addressing the Economic Club of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 1:50-2:35 p.m.
1600 East Warren Ave, Detroit
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CLARK, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, LAMONT, MACHADO, MARTIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, NATHAN, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL, WILSON AND BROADCASTERS ROD ALLEN AND DAN DICKERSON
· Tigers players will participate in an employee rally, which will include a jersey presentation to honor the 100th anniversary of the banks’ first day of operation in November of 2014.

Buffalo Wild Wings 1:40-2:25 p.m.
1234 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills
CASTELLANOS, J.D. MARTINEZ
· Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez will serve as celebrity servers at Buffalo Wild Wings.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Oakland University 2:45-3:30 p.m.
2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills
CASTELLANOS, J.D. MARTINEZ
· Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez provide a baseball skills demonstration for OU Cares program participants and participate in a question-and-answer session with the program participants, guests and Oakland University student athletes
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.

Lipari Foods and Winter’s Sausage 3:05-4:20 p.m.
26661 Bunert, Warren
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CLARK, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, LAMONT, MACHADO, MARTIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, NATHAN, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL, WILSON AND BROADCASTERS ROD ALLEN AND DAN DICKERSON
· Tigers players and coaches will participate in an employee rally where Brad Ausmus, Victor Martinez and Justin Verlander will be paired with Lipari employees for a sandwich making contest. Alex Avila, Joe Nathan and David Price will judge the contest.

Detroit Tigers Kids Club Rally 4:45-6:00 p.m.
Sterling Heights High School – Performing Arts Theatre 12901 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights
BERNARD, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KROL, MACHADO, NATHAN, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, WILSON
· Tigers players will participate in an interactive event that includes raffle prizes, games and promotional giveaways.
· Tigers players will also present a jersey in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts (WCSPA).
· WCSPA hosts the final round of its singing competition with the winner receiving the opportunity to sing the National Anthem prior to a 2015 Tigers home game.
· In addition, Tigers players will host a meet-and-greet with two young fans from the Tigers Dreams Come True Program, and select members of the Detroit Tigers Kids Club.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Limited tickets will be available to the public on the day of the event
· Seating is limited, first come, first serve.

Hockeytown Authentics 5:15-6:00 p.m.
1845 East Big Beaver Road, Troy
CASTELLANOS, J.D. MARTINEZ
· Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez in exchange for a donation of new, packaged, warm men’s or women’s socks to benefit the Neighborhood Service Organization’s Homeless Recovery program. In exchange for a donation of socks, fans will receive a wristband to take one photo with the Tigers players.
· Please note, a maximum of 150 wristbands will be distributed. Wristband distribution will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Hockeytown Authentics.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TigerTalk: A Helping Hens Charity Benefit 6:00-7:30 p.m..
Fifth Third Field
406 Washington Street, Toledo, OH
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA
· Brad Ausmus and Alex Avila will participate in a question-and-answer session at a seated dinner for fans.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
· Ticketed Event; To order tickets call 419-725-4367 or visit http://bit.ly/1G1RKXV

Friday, January 22

FOX Sports Detroit 10:45-11:45 a.m.
26555 Evergreen Road Suite 90, Southfield
VICTOR MARTINEZ, PRICE
· Tigers players will participate in a meet-and-greet reception with Fox Sports Detroit sponsors and clients.

Northville City Fire Department 10:45-11:45 a.m.
215 N. Main Street, Northville
ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, DICKERSON, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KROL, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, NATHAN, LAMONT, SMITH, WILSON, BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON AND TIGERS EXECUTIVES DUANE MCLEAN AND JOHN WESTHOFF
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Northville City Fire Department (NCFD) by participating in a special employee rally and jersey presentation.
· Alex Avila and Joe Nathan will partake in a “Suit Up” competition accompanied by two NCFD firefighters. The Tigers players will race to see who can suit-up in the firefighter’s gear the fastest.

Michigan State Police Crime Lab 11:15-12:00 p.m.
42145 W. 7 Mile Road, Northville
AUSMUS, KINSLER, MARTIN, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL
· Crime Lab scientists will educate Tigers players and coaches in Latent Print and Trace Evidence testing and participate in an employee rally.

Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m.
882 Oakman Blvd, Detroit
DOMBROWSKI, CLARK, VICTOR MARTINEZ, PRICE AND BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN
· Tigers personnel will present a jersey to the NSO to recognize its 60th anniversary during a rally for NSO employees, volunteers and residents.

DTE 1:00-1:40 p.m.
1 Energy Plaza, Detroit
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, CLARK, DOMBROWSKI, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, LAMONT, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, MARTIN, NATHAN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL, WILSON AND BROADCASTERS ROD ALLEN AND DAN DICKERSON
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will participate in an employee rally.

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan 1:55-3:00 p.m.
3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit
BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, NATHAN, SMITH, VERLANDER, WILSON
· Tigers players will visit select patient rooms and present each child with a gift.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will be in attendance.

United States Customs and Border Protection Agency 1:55-2:55 p.m.
2810 W. Fort Street, Detroit
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, CLARK, LAMONT, MARTIN, PRICE, VICTOR MARTINEZ, VIZQUEL AND BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON
· Tigers players will learn about the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency and the Canada Border Services Agency, and participate in a rally with agency officers.

North American International Auto Show 3:15-4:15 p.m.
One Washington Boulevard, Detroit
BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, NATHAN, SMITH, VERLANDER, WILSON AND BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN
· Players will participate in the “Cars On Parade” along the auto show floor and will take part in a question and answer session in the Chevrolet display area.
· Tigers players will host a special guest from the Tigers Dreams Come True program. The teenager will ride along with Tigers representatives during the parade and later have a private meet-and-greet with Tigers representatives.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
1211 Trumbull, Detroit
VICTOR MARTINEZ, OMAR VIZQUEL
· Victor Martinez and Omar Vizquel will tour the facility and participate in a special ribbon cutting ceremony for Southwest Detroit’s FIRST Robotics build site, the Robotics and Engineering Center of Detroit.

NORTH BUS

Thursday, January 22

Lake City Fire Department 12:00-12:45 p.m.
115 John Street, Lake City
LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, TRAMMELL
· Kyle Lobstein, James McCann and Alan Trammell will present the fire department with a jersey in recognition of 100 years of service.

Traverse City Chamber of Commerce 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
202 E Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City
LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, TRAMMELL
· Kyle Lobstein, James McCann and Alan Trammell will present a jersey to the Chamber of Commerce in recognition of its 100th anniversary.

Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Camp Grayling, Grayling
ALBURQUERQUE, AL AVILA, BILLMEYER, CESPEDES, COLLINS, DAVIS, GOSE, GREENE, HOLADAY, IGLESIAS, JONES, JOYNER, MOYA, NEWHAN, PEREZ, ROMINE, RONDON, RYAN, SIMON, VERHAGEN, ZEID AND BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will tour the Training Center and participate in interactive simulations.
· Following the tour, the players, coaches and executives will participate in a question and answer, and photo session with military personnel and their families.

Friday, January 23

Northern Michigan Rotary Club Alliance Business Breakfast 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd., Grand Traverse
ALBURQUERQUE, AL AVILA, BILLMEYER, CESPEDES, COLLINS, DAVIS, GOSE, GREENE, HOLADAY, IGLESIAS, JONES, JOYNER, LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, MOYA, NEWHAN, PEREZ, ROMINE, RONDON, RYAN, SIMON, TRAMMELL, VERHAGEN, ZEID AND BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd., Williamsburg
· Tigers players, coaches and executives participate in a rally with Rotary Club members and guests.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / Ticketed Event
· Tickets for the Grand Traverse Resort Business Breakfast are being sold by several northern MI rotary clubs. They can be purchased ($40 each) here:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-tigers-winter-caravan-tour-tickets-15021268017

Zehnder’s Snowfest 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
730 South Main Street, Frankenmuth
ALBURQUERQUE, AL AVILA, BILLMEYER, CESPEDES, COLLINS, DAVIS, GOSE, GREENE, HOLADAY, IGLESIAS, JONES, JOYNER, LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, MOYA, NEWHAN, PEREZ, ROMINE, RONDON, RYAN, SIMON, TRAMMELL, VERHAGEN, ZEID AND BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
· Tigers players will participate in the annual Snowfest event.
· Guests are encouraged to donate items for care packages to be sent to troops overseas.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TIGERS INVITE 17 PLAYERS TO MAJOR LEAGUE CAMP

MAC_139_02172014The Detroit #Tigers today announced the following 17 players have been invited to major league camp this spring in Lakeland, FL:

Righthanded pitchers: Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis, Joel Hanrahan, Tim
Melville, Luke Putkonen

Lefthanded pitchers: Omar Duran, Joe Mantiply

Catchers: Miguel Gonzalez, Austin Green, Grayson Greiner, Manny Pina

Infielders: Jordan Lennerton, Jefry Marte, Aaron Westlake, Josh Wilson

Outfielders: Xavier Avery, Jason Krizan

As previously announced, the following staff members will be in uniform at major league camp this spring: Manny Crespo, Bill Dancy, Joe DePastino, Leon “Bull” Durham, Bruce Fields, Scott Fletcher, Mike Henneman, Mike Maroth, Dave Owen, Lance Parrish, Larry Parrish, Gerald Perry, Brian Peterson, Gene Roof and A.J. Sager. Additionally, Willie Horton, Al Kaline and Alan Trammell will be in uniform this spring. Corey Tremble, Chris McDonald and T.J. Saunders will assist the major league training staff this spring, while Steve Chase and Fred Murphy will work with the Tigers strength and conditioning coordinators Chris Walter and Kyle Bergman.

The first pitchers and catchers workout in Lakeland will be on February 20, while the first full squad workout will be on February 24.

2015 Tigers Winter Caravan Ready to Roll

2014 Detroit Tigers Caravan Photos by Mark CunninghamThe 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, presented by Oakland University and in partnership with FOX Sports Detroit, is set for Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23, and features an exciting lineup of stops throughout the state of Michigan. Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell, Manager Brad Ausmus, coaches, players, broadcasters, and Detroit’s favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

“We are thrilled to begin the 2015 season with the Tigers Winter Caravan,” said Elaine Lewis, Tigers Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Planning. “This annual event gives the organization, its management, players and coaches a special opportunity to meet and interact with all of the incredible Tigers fans throughout the state of Michigan and northern Ohio.”

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will be making more than 30 stops throughout the region, including 12 new locations and three cities never before visited by the Tigers Winter Caravan. The Metro Bus will make a stop in Northville, while the North Bus will debut in Lake City and Grayling.

Fans can follow along by following the #Tigers social media accounts and the hashtag #DETCaravan.

Metro Bus

Wednesday, January 21
West Michigan Whitecaps Winter Banquet 6:00-9:00 p.m.
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
· Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski and Tigers players will participate at a seated dinner for fans.

Thursday, January 22
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Kellogg Center, Lansing
· Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski will be the keynote speaker addressing the Economic Club of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 1:50-2:35 p.m.
1600 East Warren Ave, Detroit
· Tigers players will participate in an employee rally, which will include a jersey presentation to honor the 100th anniversary of the banks’ first day of operation in November of 2014.

Buffalo Wild Wings 1:40-2:25 p.m.
1234 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills
· Two Tigers players will serve as celebrity servers at Buffalo Wild Wings.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Oakland University 2:45-3:30 p.m.
2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills
· Tigers players will provide a baseball skills demonstration for OU Cares program participants and participate in a question-and-answer session with the program participants, guests and Oakland University student athletes
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.

Lipari Foods and Winter’s Sausage 3:05-4:20 p.m.
26661 Bunert, Warren
· Tigers players and coaches will participate in an employee rally where they will be paired with Lipari employees for a sandwich making contest. Select Tigers players will judge the contest.

Detroit Tigers Kids Club Rally 4:45-6:00 p.m.
Sterling Heights High School – Performing Arts Theatre 12901 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights
· Tigers players will participate in an interactive event that includes raffle prizes, games and promotional giveaways.
· Tigers players will also present a jersey in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts (WCSPA).
· WCSPA hosts the final round of its singing competition with the winner receiving the opportunity to sing the National Anthem prior to a 2015 Tigers home game.
· In addition, Tigers players will host a meet-and-greet with two young fans from the Tigers Dreams Come True Program, and select members of the Detroit Tigers Kids Club.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Ticketed event.
· Seating is limited, first come, first serve.

Hockeytown Authentics 5:15-6:00 p.m.
1845 East Big Beaver Road, Troy
· Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with two Tigers players in exchange for a donation of new, packaged, warm men’s or women’s socks to benefit the Neighborhood Service Organization’s Homeless Recovery program. In exchange for a donation of socks, fans will receive a wristband to take one photo with the Tigers players.
· Please note, a maximum of 150 wristbands will be distributed. Wristband distribution will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Hockeytown Authentics.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Toledo Mud Hens 6:00-7:30 p.m..
Fifth Third Field
406 Washington Street, Toledo, OH
· Tigers players will participate in a question-and-answer session at a seated dinner for fans.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
· Ticketed Event; To order tickets call 419-725-4367 or visit http://bit.ly/1G1RKXV

Friday, January 22

FOX Sports Detroit 10:45-11:45 a.m.
26555 Evergreen Road Suite 90, Southfield
· Tigers players will participate in a meet-and-greet reception with Fox Sports Detroit sponsors and clients.

Northville City Fire Department 10:45-11:45 a.m.
215 N. Main Street, Northville
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Northville City Fire Department (NCFD) by participating in a special employee rally and jersey presentation.
· Two Tigers players will partake in a “Suit Up” competition accompanied by two NCFD firefighters. The Tigers players will race to see who can suit-up in the firefighter’s gear the fastest.

Michigan State Police Crime Lab 11:15-12:00 p.m.
42145 W. 7 Mile Road, Northville
· Crime Lab scientists will educate Tigers players and coaches in Latent Print and Trace Evidence testing and participate in an employee rally.

Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m.
882 Oakman Blvd, Detroit
· Tigers personnel will present a jersey to the NSO to recognize its 60th anniversary during a rally for NSO employees, volunteers and residents.

DTE 1:00-1:40 p.m.
1 Energy Plaza, Detroit
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will participate in an employee rally.

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan 1:55-3:00 p.m.
3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit
· Tigers players will visit select patient rooms and present each child with a gift.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will be in attendance.

United States Customs and Border Protection Agency 1:55-2:55 p.m.
2810 W. Fort Street, Detroit
· Tigers players will learn about the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency and the Canadian Border Services Agency, and participate in a rally with agency officers.

North American International Auto Show 3:15-4:15 p.m.
One Washington Boulevard, Detroit
· Players will participate in the “Cars On Parade” along the auto show floor and will take part in a question and answer session in the Chevrolet display area.
· Tigers players will host a special guest from the Tigers Dreams Come True program. The teenager will ride along with Tigers representatives during the parade and later have a private meet-and-greet with Tigers representatives.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
1211 Trumbull, Detroit
· A Tigers player and coach will tour the facility and participate in a special ribbon cutting ceremony for Southwest Detroit’s FIRST Robotics build site, the Robotics and Engineering Center of Detroit.

NORTH BUS

Thursday, January 22
Lake City Fire Department 12:00-12:45 p.m.
115 John Street, Lake City
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will present the fire department with a jersey in recognition of 100 years of service.

Traverse City Chamber of Commerce 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
202 E Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will present a jersey to the Chamber of Commerce in recognition of its 100th anniversary.

Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Camp Grayling, Grayling
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will tour the Training Center and participate in interactive simulations.
· Following the tour, the players, coaches and executives will participate in a question and answer, and photo session with military personnel and their families.

Friday, January 23
Northern Michigan Rotary Club Alliance Business Breakfast 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd., Williamsburg
· Tigers players, coaches and executives participate in a rally with Rotary Club members and guests.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / Ticketed Event

Zehnder’s Snowfest 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
730 South Main Street, Frankenmuth
· Tigers players will participate in the annual Snowfest event.
· Guests are encouraged to donate items for care packages to be sent to troops overseas.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH TOM GORZELANNY

brewers2The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with lefthanded pitcher Tom Gorzelanny.

“We are pleased to add a veteran pitcher like Tom to our ballclub,” said Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski. “Tom is an established reliever who can help solidify the bullpen on the left side and will be a nice addition to our roster.”

Gorzelanny, 32, compiled a 0-0 record, a 0.86 ERA (21.0IP/2ER) and 23 strikeouts in 23 relief appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2014 season. He began the season late recovering from offseason left shoulder surgery and ended up not allowing a run in 20 of his 23 appearances in 2014.

Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Gorzelanny has played parts of 10 seasons at the major league level with the Pirates (2005-09), Chicago Cubs (2009-10), Washington Nationals (2011-12) and Brewers (2013-14). During his career, the 6-3, 210 lbs. lefthanded pitcher has posted a 47-51 record, 4.27 ERA (841.1IP/399ER) and 674 strikeouts in 259 career appearances (121 games started).

To create a spot on the 40-man roster, the Tigers have designated righthanded pitcher Luke Putkonen for assignment.

TIGERS ACQUIRE YOENIS CESPEDES, ALEX WILSON, AND GABE SPEIER FROM RED SOX IN EXCHANGE FOR RICK PORCELLO

YC3The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, righthanded pitcher Alex Wilson and lefthanded pitcher Gabe Speier from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for righthanded pitcher Rick Porcello.

“We’re thrilled to be adding an All-Star to our team in Yoenis Cespedes,” said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski. “Cespedes is a dynamic all-around player who hits for power, provides solid run production and will play left field. Alex Wilson is a solid performer who has pitched at the major league level and will compete for a job in our bullpen this spring. Gabe Speier is a young player that our scouts like.”

Cespedes, 29, batted .260 (156×600), with 89 runs scored, 36 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs and 100 RBI in 152 games between the Oakland Athletics and Red Sox in 2014. He set single-season career highs in runs scored, hits, doubles, extra-base hits (64), RBI and total bases (270) and was selected to his first All-Star team this season. He batted .309 (55×178) with runners in scoring position in 2014. Additionally, he ranked eighth in the American League in extra-base hits, and ninth in RBI and doubles this past season. He topped all major league outfielders with 16 outfield assists, including four after joining Boston. He won his second consecutive MLB Home Run Derby title on July 14 at Target Field with 30 total home runs.

Over three full seasons at the major league level between the Athletics and Red Sox, the righthanded batter has hit .263 (425×1616) with 233 runs scored, 82 doubles, 15 triples, 71 home runs, and 262 RBI in 416 games. Cespedes, the 5-10, 210 lbs. outfielder from Cuba, was originally signed as an amateur free agent in 2012 by the Athletics.

Wilson, 28, posted a 6-1 record, 4.35 ERA (41.1IP/20ER) and 40 strikeouts in 35 games in relief for Triple A Pawtucket in 2014. He posted a 1.91 ERA (6ER/28.1IP) in 18 games over four stints with the Red Sox this season, holding opponents to a .198 (20×101) batting average. In his career at the minor league level, he has posted a 30-16 record, 3.82 ERA (434.0IP/184ER) and 396 strikeouts in 154 games (68 games started) over six seasons. He was originally selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M University.

Speier, 19, posted a 3-0 record, 1.55 (29.0IP/5ER) and 26 strikeouts in nine games (six games started) for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2014. Over two seasons in the minors, he has posted a 3-0 record, 1.64 ERA (33.0IP/6ER) and 32 strikeouts in 12 games (eight games started) for the GCL Red Sox. He was originally drafted in the 19th round of the First-Year Player Draft by Boston in 2013.

Porcello, 25, posted a 15-13 record, 3.43 ERA (204.2IP/78ER), and 129 strikeouts for Tigers in 2014. Over six seasons at the major league level with the Tigers, Porcello posted a 76-63 record, 4.30 ERA (1073.1IP/513ER) and 655 strikeouts in 180 games started (184 games).

To create space on the 40-man roster, the contract of righthanded pitcher Melvin Mercedes has been designated for assignment.

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