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The Tigers Are Back in Town for A Nine-Game Homestand

HOMESTAND FEATURES 11TH ANNUAL NEGRO LEAGUES WEEKEND, JACKIE ROBINSON DAY RECOGNITION, JUSTIN VERLANDER “APRIL IN THE D” MINI BOBBLEHEAD AND PRINCE FIELDER DETROIT STARS MINI FATHEAD

DETROIT – The Tigers return home from their nine-game road trip to begin a nine-game homestand at Comerica Park Tuesday night. The Kansas City Royals (April 23-25) will visit Comerica Park for the first time this season, the Atlanta Braves (April 26-28) will make their only stop in Detroit this season and the Minnesota Twins come to town (April 29-May 1). First pitch for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Royals are 7:08 p.m. and Thursday’s is 1:08 p.m. Friday’s game against the Braves begins at 7:08 p.m., while Saturday’s begins at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday’s begins at 8:08 p.m. Monday and Tuesday’s games against the Twins begin at 7:08 p.m. The final game of the homestand on Wednesday will begin at 1:08 p.m.

SUPER SPRING SPECIAL: Upper box infield tickets for $13 (normally $26) for Monday-Thursday games in April and May. Tickets are available in advance or at ticket windows on game day. Tickets are subject to availability.

Tuesday, April 23 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·Game Ball Delivery: Master Sergeant Troy Gearhart of the United States Army from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment including tours of duty in Kuwait and Iraq. He has proudly served the United States Army for 23 years.
·MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism. Jack’s Place for Autism will have an awareness table on the concourse at Comerica Park.
·Jackie Robinson Day: In keeping the memory of Jackie Robinson alive and celebrating the 66th Anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers hosted the 17th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest. A Tigers player will join contest winners and Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni and Scholars from the University of Michigan as they are honored during an on-field, pregame recognition. The contest was open to middle and high school students from the Detroit metropolitan area. Students entered the contest by submitting an original essay, poem or work of art in honor of Robinson, who broke the segregation barrier in baseball and was a social activist who fought for equal opportunities beyond the playing field.
oArt: Alexys Levins of Chesterfield, 8th grade, representing Anchor Bay Middle School and Chloe Jennings of St. Clair Shores, 12th grade, representing Lakeshore High School
oEssay: Anja Nelem of Waterford, 6th grade, representing Pierce Middle School and Rajiea Sultana, of Detroit, 12th grade, representing Cass Tech High School
oPoetry: Julia Meguid of Shelby Township., 6th grade representing Monfort Elementary and Qayyim Carr, of Southfield, 10th grade representing University High School Academy
·Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars First Pitch: Monique Malone, a senior from the Ohio State University majoring in Political Science and French, and Khyara Harris, a senior from the University of Toledo, majoring in Communications and Psychology will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Jackie Robinson Foundation alumnus, Shani Allison will also be in attendance.
·Jackie Robinson Most Diverse Business Partner Award: In 1998, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, authorized the creation of the Diverse Business Partners program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses, by increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the procurement activities of Major League Baseball. Irene Zannis, owner of Seaway Painting, L.L.C., will be presented with the Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award (MVDBP) during an on-field, pregame recognition. Seaway Painting L.L.C., a national industrial painting company, is a single-source contractor responsible for painting, sand blasting, water blasting and a number of other maintenance services. The Detroit Tigers have partnered with Seaway and its partners since 2008 as Seaway has provided service to maintain Comerica Park, most notably painting and general maintenance of the facility to ensure a pleasant experience for fans at Comerica Park.
·Jackie Robinson Day On The Road: Tigers players and coaches participated in the league-wide Jackie Robinson Day celebration by wearing uniform number 42 to honor Jackie Robinson on April 16 at Seattle.

Wednesday, April 24 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·Recently retired Detroit Lions kicker, Jason Hanson, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
·The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Justin Verlander “April in the D” Mini Bobblehead, courtesy of FOX Sports Detroit.
·MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism. A pregame ceremony featuring Jack’s Place is scheduled for today’s game.

Thursday, April 25 – Kansas City Royals @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 p.m.)

·Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Reyes Saldana of the United States Marines from Davison, Michigan will deliver the game ball. Sergeant Saldana recently returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan, where he earned a Purple Heart. He has proudly served the United States Marines for three years
·Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program: This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Aquafina have teamed up to donate over 10,000 tickets to area schools to reward students for a variety of achievements, including serving on the safety patrol squad and maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. Detroit Public Schools will receive approximately 1,000 tickets through this program and the Archdiocese of Detroit will receive over 2,000 tickets that are distributed to Detroit area Catholic Schools. Students from the Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program will attend the game. 1,000 students participating in the program will receive sling bags, courtesy of Aquafina.
·Weather Day: As part of the club’s 2013 Class Outside Series 1,400 students will be in attendance for a special pregame educational presentation. Weather Day events will teach students the science of weather and its role in the game of baseball.
·MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism.

Friday, April 26 – Atlanta Braves @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.)

·Detroit Stars Singing Competition: The Tigers have partnered with Radio One for the seventh annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition. The competition will take place at the Big Cat Court starting at 5:30 p.m. 12 finalists will be judged by celebrity judges including Duke Fakir of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops, Lee Thomas, an entertainment reporter for FOX 2 WJBK, and Dionne Farris, acclaimed R&B singer and songwriter. The winner receives $1,500, the opportunity to sing the anthem at an upcoming Tigers game and will be honored during the pregame ceremony on the field.
·Negro Leagues Weekend Pregame Ceremony: The Tigers are celebrating African Americans and their numerous contributions to the game of baseball. The ceremony will include the “Passing of the Bat.” The national anthem will be performed by Joyce Stearns Thompson and Rosalyn Norman-Brown, daughters of National Baseball Hall of Famer Norman “Turkey” Stearns.

Saturday, April 27 – Atlanta Braves @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:00 a.m.)

·The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Prince Fielder Detroit Stars Mini Fathead, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
·19th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game: The Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves will suit up wearing the throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers. Several former Negro Leagues players will participate in a special Q&A Roundtable, hosted by famed radio announcer John Mason of WCHB AM 1200, at the Big Cat Court, at 11:20 a.m. The Tigers will also pay tribute to the former Negro Leagues players during a pregame ceremony hosted by Mason.The Tigers will honor former Negro Leagues players Joe Douse and Alton King with a moment of silence.
·Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Mason Turrell of the United States Army from Clinton Township, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his second tour of duty including deployments to Iraq and South Korea. He has proudly served the United States Army for four years.

Sunday, April 28 – Kids Day – Atlanta Braves @ 8:08 p.m. (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)

·All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown Knit Hat, courtesy of Belle Tire.
·Former Detroit Tigers player, Larry Herndon, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
·Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award: A special pregame ceremony honoring 1984 World Series Champion, Larry Herndon, as the 2013 recipient of the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award, awarded by the Black McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association. The ceremony also includes a presentation of a Testimonial Resolution to Larry Herndon by Councilman Pro Tempore Gary Brown.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, courtesy of Kroger, can 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 Aquarian, following the game.

Monday, April 29 – Minnesota Twins @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·Detroit Grand Prix Driver, J.R. Hildebrand, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Tuesday, April 30 – Minnesota Twins @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·Capuchin Friar, Br. Bob Malloy, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Wednesday, May 1 – Minnesota Twins @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

·Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program: This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Aquafina have teamed up to donate over 10,000 tickets to area schools to reward students for a variety of achievements, including serving on the safety patrol squad and maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. Detroit Public Schools will receive approximately 1,000 tickets through this program and the Archdiocese of Detroit will receive over 2,000 tickets that are distributed to Detroit area Catholic Schools. Students from the Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program will attend the game. 1,000 students participating in the program will receive sling bags, courtesy of Aquafina
·History Day: Approximately 1,000 students will be in attendance for a special educational series by the Detroit Tigers. History Day events will teach students the rich history of Michigan, Detroit and the Tigers.

Detroit Tigers Week Ahead

The Tigers return home from a 10-game road trip as they host the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals during the final homestand of the regular season at Comerica Park. The 10-game homestand will feature a three-game series against the Athletics (September 18-20), a three-game weekend series against the Twins (September 21-23) and a four-game series against the Royals (September 24-27). Tuesday’s game against the Athletics begins at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday’s game begins at 7:09 p.m. and Thursday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m. Friday’s contest against the Twins begins at 7:05 p.m., Saturday’s at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday’s begins at 1:05 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Royals begin at 7:05 p.m., while Thursday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m

Tuesday, September 18 – Oakland Athletics (Probables: Scherzer vs. Griffin) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  •   Game Ball Delivery: First Lieutenant Mark Ellis of the United States Marines Corp from St. Clair, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and has proudly served for four years
  •   First Responders Recognition: The Tigers will celebrate the men and women of local fire and police departments and their dedication to our community through public service. The club will also honor the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks on September 11th as well as local first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Tigers donated tickets to local firefighters and police officers along with their families to attend the game. Selected firefighters and police officers will be recognized for their service to our local communities prior to the national anthem. Representatives from the following police and fire forces will represent their respective communities: Dearborn Heights Fire Department, Detroit Police and Fire Departments, Farmington Hills Police Department, Franklin Bingham Fire Department, Livonia Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Royal Oak Fire Department, Saginaw Police Department, Trenton Police Department, Waterford Police Department, Riverview Fire Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. The colors will be presented by the Farmington Hills Fire Department.
  • MLB Roberto Clemente Day: Major League Baseball continues to heighten the awareness and significance of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, by celebrating Roberto Clemente Day. The Award is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others. After each MLB Club has nominated a player, a panel of baseball dignitaries selects a national winner from the 30 Club nominees. An announcement of the national Roberto Clemente Award winner is made during the World Series. The 2012 Detroit Tigers nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award is Miguel Cabrera. As an All-Star third baseman and a leader in the clubhouse, Miguel Cabrera recognizes his significant role on the team, in the league and in his community. He continues to be a star on the field while focusing much of his charitable contributions to benefit children in the areas of recreation and health and embracing the Hispanic community in greater Detroit. He will be recognized during a pregame ceremony as he receives the 2012 Detroit Tigers Roberto Clemente Award from Bob Krapes, Manager of Chevrolet Business Planning.

Wednesday, September 19 – Oakland Athletics (Probables: Verlander vs. Anderson) @ 7:09 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  •  Game Ball Delivery: E-4 Senior Airman Kevin Tusly II of the United States Air Force from Madison Heights, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third tour of duty including deployments to Iraq and Kuwait. He has proudly served for five and half years.
  • Cabrera’s Chamitos: Tigers All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera will invite 20 fans to Comerica Park for the final two Wednesday regular season home games as part of his recently launched Cabrera’s Chamitos program. The group will attend batting practice on the field and receive complimentary T-shirts as guests of Cabrera. The tickets are donated to children from deserving charitable groups in the greater Detroit area. On September 19, the Detroit Bees and the Detroit Dreams youth baseball teams from southwest Detroit will participate in the program. On September 26, the Miracle League of Michigan will participate in the program.
  •  Ilitch Charities One Team, One Community Gala and Celebrity Golf Classic Check Presentation: During the pregame ceremony on the field at Comerica Park, Christopher Ilitch, Chairman of Ilitch Charities and President and CEO, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. and Mike Healy, President of Ilitch Charities and Tigers Vice President of Park Operations, will present checks to the beneficiaries of the Annual Ilitch Charities Golf Outing and the One Team, One Community Gala, providing three grants totaling $120,000 to support organizations that make an impact in the community. Benefiting charities include Alternatives for Girls, College for Creative Studies and Reading Works. The representatives from Ilitch Charities will be joined on the field by the benefiting charities during the check presentation.
  • “My Favorite Things” Broadcast Auction: Throughout Wednesday’s game, FOX Sports Detroit will be broadcasting the Detroit Tigers and FOX Sports Detroit “My Favorite Things” basket auction to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The auction features baskets hand-packed by Tigers Wives filled with their husband’s favorite things. Basket items include restaurant gift cards, DVD’s, snacks, tickets to Tigers games, autographed Tigers memorabilia and much more. The auction also includes baskets filled with the favorite things of some of your favorite FOX Sports Detroit personalities. Additionally, fans can bid on Tigers mascot, PAWS’ “Favorite Things” basket exclusively online! The packages will be auctioned during the broadcast on FOX Sports Detroit and MLB.tv. A full description of each package can be found at tigers.com/wives.

Thursday, September 20 – Oakland Athletics (Probables: Sanchez vs. Milone) @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Petty Officer Second Class Joshua Halbrooks of the United States Navy from Riverview, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from a tour of duty on the USS Patriot in Sasebo, Japan and has proudly served for five years.
  • 2012 Summer Olympics Women’s Gymnastics Head Coach, John Geddert, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. He also serves as head coach for Twistar’s Gymnastics in Lansing, Michigan.

Friday, September 21 – Minnesota Twins – Fan Appreciation Weekend @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
  • Fan Appreciation Weekend: The Tigers will randomly select lucky winners in attendance throughout the weekend to win great prizes, including Tigers gear and authentic merchandise as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by Comerica Bank. The annual “Shirt Off Our Back” giveaway will return on Sunday, September 23rd. Fans will be selected and will win, during a postgame on-field ceremony, the actual game worn jerseys of all the Detroit Tigers players and coaches. All prizes will be selected randomly using a computer generated system to ensure equal opportunity for ALL fans.
  • The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Tigers Luggage ID Tag, courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
  • 2012 Summer Olympics Women’s Water Polo Goalie and Gold Medalist, Betsey Armstrong, will throw out a ceremonial fist pitch. She is an Ann Arbor native and University of Michigan graduate.
  •  Game Ball Delivery: Staff Sergeant Justin Mendoza of the United States Air Force from Monroe, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first tour of duty to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Among his multiple medals, he has been awarded the Joint Service Commendation and Air Force Achievement Medals. He has proudly served for five years.
  • Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle will conclude this weekend at Comerica Park. The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, has partnered with the American Diabetes Association, whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes, for Friday and Saturday’s 50/50 Charity raffle. Tickets will be sold from the time gates open through the end of the second inning. 50/50 Charity Raffle volunteers in orange aprons will be stationed throughout the concourse on the 100 level, at entry gates and at the 50/50 raffle table near gate A to purchase raffle tickets. 50/50 Charity Raffle tickets are sold 3-for-$5. Each night a winner will be selected and announced after the sixth inning and will receive half of the funds collected through that game’s raffle ticket sales. The remaining funds are shared between the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the select partner charity. To date, the Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle has raised $114,077.50 for charity with the single largest one-game prize this season being $8,377.50.

Saturday, September 22 – Minnesota Twins @ 4:05 p.m. (Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)

  • The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a 2013 Tigers Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Medical Weight Loss.
  • Tigers great Willie Horton will sign copies of the new book Willie Horton: The People’s Champion by Kevin Allen on the Comerica Park concourse near Gate A from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Andrew Kraszewski of the United States Army from Lapeer, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first deployment to Iraq with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He has received the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal and has proudly served for two years.
  • Gloves For Kids Equipment Collection: Gloves for Kids is a program designed to provide Detroit’s youth the sporting equipment necessary to participate in organized baseball and softball. CBS Radio, FOX Sports Detroit and the Tigers will be collecting new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at Comerica Park at Gate A on September 22. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund will also provide a $5,000 grant to purchase new baseball and softball equipment to a local youth baseball organization as part of the Gloves for Kids program. When a fan donates equipment, a child in Michigan is given the opportunity to play the game of baseball. Fans who donate will receive a Justin Verlander poster (while supplies last).

Sunday, September 23 – Kids Day – Minnesota Twins @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Miguel Cabrera Poster, courtesy of Meijer.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Thomas Peeler of the United States Army National Guard from Grand Blanc, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan. He has received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and the Reserve Components Achievement Medal. He has proudly served the National Guard for four years.
  • All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can 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.

Monday, September 24 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Retiring WXYZ Channel 7 news anchor, Diana Lewis, who has been in Detroit since 1977, will throw a ceremonial first pitch.

Tuesday, September 25 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Gloves For Kids Check Presentation: As part of the Play Baseball Detroit initiative, the Detroit Tigers, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, ABC Warehouse, 97.1 The Ticket, WWJ News Radio 950 and FOX Sports Detroit teamed up to collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment throughout the 2012 season. The 2012 Gloves for Kids program yielded nearly 1,134 pieces of equipment including 110 gloves. Christian Youth Fellowship Association of Saginaw will receive a financial contribution of $2,000 as collected throughout the season. In addition to the equipment donation and the financial contribution from the Detroit Tigers, the youth baseball organizations will receive a grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to purchase new equipment. The ceremony will include Meghan Chisholm from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, representatives from FOX Sports Detroit, ABC Warehouse, 97.1 The Ticket, WWJ as well as coaches and players from the Christian Youth Fellowship Association of Saginaw.

Wednesday, September 26 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Christopher Gifford of the United States Army National Guard from Detroit, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from Afghanistan after serving his fourth deployment including tours in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, NATO Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. He has proudly served the National Guard for 10 years.

Thursday, September 27 – Kansas City Royals @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • The first 10,000 fans 18-and-over to enter Comerica Park will receive a 2012 Detroit Tigers Team Photo, courtesy of Michigan Lottery.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Staff Sergeant Larry “Duke” Harrison of the United States Army National Guard from Wayland, Michigan will deliver the game ball. In 15 years of service, he has served overseas in four deployments including tours in Bosnia, Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan. He is currently serving with the Charlie Troop, a Michigan-based unit. Of the many awards Staff Sergeant Harrison has received he is most proud of the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge he received this year, which is only awarded to those in the infantry who have fought in combat.
  • Strike Out Duchenne Check Presentation: Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello is helping Team Joseph raise money to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Rick has grown close with Marissa and Jeff Penrod, the founders of Team Joseph and their son, Joseph, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 5 years old. Duchenne is a degenerative muscle disease that mostly strikes boys ages 2 – 5 years old. While other boys are growing stronger and gaining independence, boys with Duchenne are losing muscle function and mobility. At this time there is no treatment and no cure that stops the progression of this disease. In fact, it is rare for an individual diagnosed with Duchenne to live past age 25. In addition to attending their annual wine tasting event, and serving as the event’s honorary chair, Rick has hosted the Penrod family during the Tigers Winter Caravan and raises money for Team Joseph through his Autographs for a Cause program. In 2012, Team Joseph and Rick launched “Strike Out Duchenne” an online donation program for which Rick matched incoming donations. High donors will have the opportunity to join Rick in a check presentation to Team Joseph at Comerica Park on Thursday.
  • Pennies For PAWS Check Presentation: The Tigers have partnered with the Wildlife Without Borders Tiger Fund to continue Pennies for Paws, a coin collection campaign at Comerica Park which raises funds to save endangered wild tigers and to promote tiger conservation. Since the inception of the program in April 2008, Tigers fans have helped raise nearly nearly $40,000 to support the conservation efforts of the endangered species. The campaign continued in 2012 and fans are encouraged to donate coins at the tiger bank located on the concourse near Gate A at Comerica Park. The pregame ceremony features a check presentation for the funds collected at Comerica Park in 2011 and 2012. Representatives from Wildlife Without Borders Tiger Fund will participate in the check presentation along with wildlife conservation supporter Karie Ross, wife of Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski and Elaine Lewis, Tigers Vice President of Community and Public Affairs.

Detroit Tigers Week Ahead

The Tigers return home from a six-game road trip as they host the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during a nine-game homestand at Comerica Park. The Orioles (August 17-19) and Blue Jays (August 21-23) make their only trips to Detroit this season, each with a three-game series. The Angels make their second and final trip of the regular season to Comerica Park with a three-game series (August 24-26). Friday’s and Saturday’s games against the Orioles begin at 7:05 p.m., while Sunday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s contests against the Blue Jays begin at 7:05 p.m. while Thursday’s begins at 1:05 p.m. Friday’s and Saturday’s games against the Angels begin at 7:05 p.m., while Sunday’s begins at 1:08 p.m.

Friday, August 17 – Baltimore Orioles (Probables: Verlander vs. Hunter) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
  • Boxing trainer, commentator and inductee of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame, Emanuel Steward, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to help promote the return of Kronk Boxing to the Joe Louis Arena on August 25th.  
  • Game Ball Delivery: Specialist David Mix of the United States Army from Hazel Park, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first tour in Afghanistan as a member of the Security Forces Assistance where he earned an Army Achievement Medal and a NATO Medal. He has proudly served the Army for two years.  
  • Delta Dental “Smile Day”: Delta Dental will be sponsoring “Smile Day” at Comerica Park for the second year. Prior to the game, Delta Dental will present a $250,000 check to the Michigan Department of Community Health. As part of “Smile Day,” the first 1,000 kids 14-and-under will receive a Delta Dental Backpack, courtesy of Delta Dental. Delta Dental employees will perform the national anthem. Additionally, their mascot, Marshall Molar, will make an appearance and take pictures with kids.
  • Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season at every Friday and Saturday home game. The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, has partnered with Friends of Camp Mak-a-Dream, Michigan Chapter, who support the mission and goals of Camp Mak-a-Dream in Montana by providing strategic, financial and marketing support for specifically chosen projects that will further the growth and advancement of Camp Mak-a-Dream, for Friday and Saturday’s 50/50 Charity raffle. Tickets will be sold from the time gates open through the end of the second inning. 50/50 Charity Raffle volunteers in orange aprons will be stationed throughout the concourse on the 100 level, at entry gates and at the 50/50 raffle table near gate A to purchase raffle tickets. 50/50 Charity Raffle tickets are sold 3-for-$5. Each night a winner will be selected and announced after the sixth inning and will receive half of the funds collected through that game’s raffle ticket sales. The remaining funds are shared between the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the select partner charity. To date, the Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle has raised $75,450 for charity with the single largest one-game prize this season being $8,377.50.

Saturday, August 18 – Baltimore Orioles (Probables: Porcello vs. TBA) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Chris Johnson of the United States Army from South Lyon, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan where he earned a Combat Medical Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal and was named Hero of the Week.  He has proudly served the United States Army for over two years.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
  • PLAY Campaign: The PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity among Youth) Campaign is a program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and the Taylor Hooton Foundation that will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The program promotes healthy living by teaching children the importance of staying fit, being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent childhood obesity. The event also features a session with Donald Hooton, Jr. of the Taylor Hooton Foundation on the harmful effects of steroids and performance enhancing substances. Tigers Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Rand and his staff will host nearly 70 youth from youth baseball organizations from Detroit during the clinic on the field at Comerica Park as part of the league-wide initiative. During the event, the children will rotate through several stations, each featuring an instructional lesson on healthy living which include agility drills, stretching techniques and a session about the dangers of using steroids and performance enhancing substances. A fifth station will include Tigers pitcher Doug Fister sharing his personal experiences with fitness and how he stays healthy year-round. Also involved in the program are Tigers Team Orthopedic Physician, Dr. Stephen Lemos, Assistant Trainers, Steve Carter and Doug Teter, and Tigers Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Javair Gillett.
  • UMPS Care: Through the UMPS Care 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 will be given the opportunity to meet the umpires and take a photo on the field. Participants are selected through Big Brothers Big Sisters. The entire program is courtesy of UMPS Care Charities.
  • Elvis® Night: Elvis Night will be rocking and rolling Comerica Park for the fourth consecutive year. Elvis Tribute Artists are scheduled to meet, mingle and perform for Tigers fans beginning at 5:30 p.m. Other festivities for the night include Elvis music played at Comerica Park all night, Elvis-inspired giveaways, an Elvis-themed fireworks show and PAWS and DTE Energy Squad dressed in 1950’s style Elvis-inspired outfits!

Sunday, August 19 – Kids Day – Baltimore Orioles (Probables: Fister vs. Chen) @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Quintin Berry Poster, courtesy of Meijer.
  • Grammy-Award winning and Detroit native gospel vocal group, The Clark Sisters, will perform the national anthem.
  • Game Ball Delivery: August 19:  Sergeant Chris Taisor of the United States Army from Auburn, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from deployment in Kuwait. He has also served a tour of duty in Cuba in 10 years of service to the United States Army.  
  • All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can 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.

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Tuesday, August 21 – Toronto Blue Jays @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • First 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Prince Fielder Bobblehead, courtesy of Belle Tire.
  • Be a Tiger for Kids: Cornerstone Schools will host the Seventh Annual “Be a Tiger for Kids” event at Comerica Park. It is Cornerstone’s premier fundraising event with over 3,000 supporters scheduled to participate. Representatives from Cornerstone Schools will participate in an on-field pregame ceremony, will throw out the ceremonial first pitches, perform the national anthem, and will take part in Kids Take the Field, Kids Run the Bases, and other fun-filled activities and family entertainment. Cornerstone Schools and Cornerstone Charter Schools serve more than 1,500 children in grades pre-kindergarten through 10th grade in an urban setting. Cornerstone Schools has delivered an excellent education to children in need for over 20 years. In a city with the lowest high school graduation rate in the country, Cornerstone students achieve a 95% high school graduation rate and 91% continue with higher learning. 100% of the proceeds from this event will support the Cornerstone Schools Association Scholarship Fund.

Wednesday, August 22 – Toronto Blue Jays @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • First 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a 2012 Detroit Tigers All-Star Poster, courtesy of Valvoline Instant Oil Change.
  • Robot, a robot built by high school students, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Justin Hass of the United States Marine Corps from Woodhaven, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment and served in Iraq, Japan, Guam and Thailand.  He has proudly served the United States Marines for eight years.

Thursday, August 23 – Toronto Blue Jays @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

Friday, August 24 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Corporal Joshua Archer of the United States Army from Monroe, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has received the Combat Medic Badge and has proudly served the United States Army for nearly four years.
  • Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
  • Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle: The partner for the Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle for Friday and Saturday will be the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research.

Saturday, August 25 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • All kids 14-and-under will receive a Tigers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wristband, courtesy of Nickelodeon. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will make a special appearance at Comerica Park and will be greeting fans on the concourse.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Robert Matthew Stone of the United States Army from Wayland, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment including tours of duty in Iraq, South Korea and most recently Afghanistan. He has proudly served the United States Army for nearly five years.
  • Tigers great Willie Horton will sign copies of the updated edition of the book Willie Horton: The People’s Champion by Kevin Allen on the Comerica Park concourse from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon, will take place following the game (weather permitting).

UMPS Care: Through the UMPS Care 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 will be given the opportunity to meet the umpires and take a photo on the field. Participants are selected through Big Brothers Big Sisters. The entire program is courtesy of UMPS Care Charities.

Sunday, August 26 – Kids Day – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Back to School Insulated Lunch Bag, courtesy  of SVS Vision.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Staff Sergeant Ricky Ellis of the United States Army from Burton, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been awarded numerous medals and ribbons and has been recommended for a Bronze Star. He has proudly served the United States Army for nearly seven years.

Detroit Tigers Week Ahead 7.30-8.5

The Tigers continue their nine-game road trip with the first game of a three-game series at Boston this evening at Fenway Park. The team will have an off-day on Thursday before returning to Comerica Park on Friday to begin a seven-game set with the Indians and Yankees. 

@ Boston

Monday, July 30 @ 7:10 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1) Probables: Max Scherzer vs. Clay Buchholz

Tuesday, July 31 @ 7:10 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1) Probables: Justin Verlander vs. Josh Beckett

Wednesday, August 1 @7:10 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1) Probables: Rick Porcello vs. Aaron Cook

vs. Cleveland

Friday, August 3 @ 7:05 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1)

Saturday, August 4 @ 7:05 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1)

Sunday, August 5 @ 1:05 p.m. (FSD / 1270 & 97.1)

Who’s Hot:

Miguel Cabrera is batting .350 (100×286) with 24 doubles, 18 home runs and 61 RBI over his last 72 games dating back to May 10. He is tied for the America League lead with 61 RBI during that stretch, while he is second with 100 hits, and third with a .350 batting average, 24 doubles and a .622 slugging percentage.

Prince Fielder is batting .325 with 18 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 56 RBI over his last 68 games.

Austin Jackson is batting .333 with 14 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 40 RBI over his last 62 games

Max Scherzer enters Monday’s start against the Red Sox having won nine of his last 11 decisions over a 14-start stretch dating back to May 10.Image

Brayan Villarreal has struck out 40 batters in 29.2 innings of work over his last 24 outings.

In the Community:

Thursday, August 2: Prince Fielder and his wife will host Uncork for a Cause at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan. Proceeds from the event will go to Common Ground, a non-profit organization that serves Michigan children and their families who are in crisis, and Ele’s Place, a non-profit healing center that supports children and teens who are dealing with the loss of a parent, sibling or other close family member of friend.

Thursday-Sunday, August 2-5: The Detroit Tigers will host the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, a youth baseball and softball tournament held in Detroit for children ages 8-19. 2012 marks the 16th year of the popular tournament hosted in partnership by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the Youth Development Commission and the City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department.

Saturday, August 4: Gloves for Kids is a program designed to provide Detroit’s youth the sporting equipment necessary to participate in organized baseball and softball. On Saturday, Tigers pitcher Duane Below and outfielder Andy Dirks will be signing autographs in exchange for new or gently used baseball and softball equipment at ABC Warehouse in Livonia.

 

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