DETROIT - The Tigers return home from their six-game road trip to begin a six-game homestand at Comerica Park tomorrow night. The Cleveland Indians (May 10-12) will visit Detroit for the first time this season, and the Houston Astros (May 13-15) will make their only visit to Comerica Park this season. First pitch for Friday and Saturday's games against the Indians are 7:08 p.m. and Sunday's at 1:08 p.m. Monday and Tuesday's games against the Astros begin at 7:08 p.m. and Wednesday's at 1:08 p.m.
MOTHER'S DAY'S SPECIALS AT THE D SHOP: Take home flowers for mom, with our exclusive Detroit Tigers Floral Collection! The D Shop features five women's t-shirts with flowers incorporated into the Old English D logo. Want to match with your daughter? The D Shop also carries the floral collection in youth apparel and headwear! For the first time ever, the D shop will carry a commemorative pink baseball for Mother's Day. The baseball features the Tigers logo along with their opponent, the Cleveland Indians, with the date May 12, 2013 and "Mother's Day."
Special Mother's Day Gift Set: Not sure what to get mom? In honor of Mother's Day, all Comerica Park retail locations will offer special pricing on a brand new pitcher and glassware gift set. The gift set, which retails for $59, will be on sale for $39. The gift set includes, a glass pitcher, four satin etched pint glasses and coasters.
SUPER SPRING SPECIAL: Upper box infield tickets for $13 (normally $26) for Monday-Thursday games in May. Tickets are available in advance or at ticket windows on game day. Tickets are subject to availability.
Get your Tigers tickets for this 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 single game, season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).
Friday, May 10 - Cleveland Indians (Probables: Scherzer vs. Kluber) @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Aaron Ravert of the United States Army reserve from Brooklyn, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan as a member of the Military Police unit out of Jackson.
· Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle returns to Comerica Park this season at every Friday and Saturday home game. The partner charity for this weekend is the Little Caesars Amateur Sports Foundation, which supports youth sports and programs in Greater Detroit. Since the inception of the program in 2009, the 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised $440,000 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $8,377.50. Tickets will be sold from the time gates open through the end of the second inning. 50/50 Charity Raffle volunteers are stationed throughout the ballpark in their orange 50/50 Raffle aprons, 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.
Saturday, May 11 - Cleveland Indians (Probables: Verlander vs. Jimenez) @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.) - GATES OPEN EARLY FOR CLINIC
· The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Detroit Tigers 2013-14 Wall Calendar, courtesy of Red Robin.
· Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Daniel Anders of the United States Army from Brownstown, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first deployment in Afghanistan and has proudly served for two years.
· Pregame On-Field Clinic: Prior to Saturday's game, a Pregame Baseball Clinic will take place beginning at 5:15 p.m. on the field at Comerica Park, presented by Red Robin. The Clinic will feature four separate 13-minute long sessions: hitting, pitching, catching and infield. A Tigers player and coach will be at every station to share their in depth baseball knowledge lecture-style. Fans of all ages with a ticket are invited to participate! The event is weather-permitting.
Sunday, May 12 - Kids Day - Cleveland Indians (Probables: Porcello vs. McAllister) @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
· All kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Torii Hunter Wall Poster, courtesy of Meijer.
· Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer/Honorary Bat Girl and Breast Health Awareness Game: Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers go to bat against breast cancer. The goal of this campaign is to increase breast cancer awareness and promote early detection while also raising funds to support breast cancer research. The Tigers will donate 2,000 tickets to breast cancer survivors, volunteers and their families from the Detroit Race for the Cure to attend the game when the Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians. Over 275 breast cancer survivors from the Race for the Cure will be invited on the field and recognized prior to the national anthem. The Detroit Tigers will also host the 2013 MLB Honorary Bat Girl, Tracie Kania from Troy, Michigan, as selected through an online contest at tigers.com to recognize inspirational MLB fans that have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to the cause. Kania was one of 30 winners selected by MLB from many entries. Kania was diagnosed with IIIB inflammatory breast cancer at the age of 32. She endured 27 grueling weeks of chemotherapy, which included 33 radiation sessions. She had very supportive family and friends that helped her get through the difficult process and will proudly be a five-year breast cancer survivor in October. She is committed to helping find a cure for breast cancer and is now a representative for the Race for the Cure benefitting Komen for a Cure, a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and a participant in Bras for a Cause supporting Gilda's Club of Metro Detroit. The Tigers will provide Tracie with complimentary game tickets for her and her family on Sunday, recognize her, along with the other breast cancer survivors, during an on-field, pregame ceremony and provide her the opportunity to throw the ceremonial first pitch. Tracie will also receive a special Honorary Bat Girl jersey, a Rawlings pink stitched baseball, a certificate of recognition signed by Commissioner Selig along with other breast health awareness items.
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 Aquafina, following the game.
Monday, May 13 - Houston Astros @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Doug Fister Mouse Pad, courtesy of Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
· Miss Michigan Night: All 33 Miss Michigan titleholders will participate in Miss Michigan Night at Comerica Park. All 33 ladies will greet fans upon entry to Comerica Park and will be recognized in a special on-field pregame ceremony. Miss Michigan 2012, Angela Venditti, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, May 14 - Houston Astros @ 7:08 (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Super Spring Special: Upper box infield tickets for $13 (normally $26) for Monday-Thursday games in May. Tickets are available in advance or at ticket windows on game day. Tickets are subject to availability.
Wednesday, May 15- Houston Astros @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
· Space Day: The Tigers have designed five specific "Class Outside" programs that incorporate the fun of going to a baseball game with classroom learning. Michigan has a very special role in the history of space exploration. Many former NASA astronauts are Michigan natives (and baseball fans!). Join the Tigers as we explore our universe and galaxy, from the perspective of an astronaut, utilizing the giant HD Comerica Park Videoboard. The final "Class Outside" educational program will feature famed astronaut and Detroit native Dr. Jerry Linenger as the guest of honor and speaker. Please note: Space Day is designed for elementary and middle school students. Tickets are still available at tigers.com/space.
· 18th Annual Detroit Tigers G.R.E.A.T. Day: The Tigers were the first professional sports team to commit to the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program, and have dedicated one game since 1992 to G.R.E.A.T. This year, 900 Detroit area middle school students who have graduated from or are currently receiving lessons under the 13-week program will attend the game to celebrate their achievements in avoiding destructive behaviors. The students work with law enforcement agencies and educators to learn the importance of becoming responsible members of their communities by setting goals, resisting peer pressures, learning how to resolve conflicts and understanding how gangs negatively impact the quality of their life. Tigers' Manager Jim Leyland is scheduled to address the youth of G.R.E.A.T. prior the game. Through the G.R.E.A.T. program, approximately 74,000 Michigan youth have received instruction from city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers throughout Michigan since its inception in 1992.
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; all guests receive a Verlander's Victory for Veterans t-shirt and are welcomed on the videoboard during the game.
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.