DETROIT - The Tigers return home from their six-game road trip to begin a six-game homestand at Comerica Park tomorrow night. The Minnesota Twins (May 23-26) will visit Detroit for the second time and the Pittsburgh Pirates (May 27-28) will make their only visit to Comerica Park this season. First pitch for Thursday and Friday's games against the Twins are 7:08 p.m., Saturday's at 4:08 p.m. and Sunday's at 1:08 p.m. Monday's contest against the Pirates begins at 1:08 p.m. and Tuesday's at 7:08 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.
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).
Thursday, May 23 - Minnesota Twins (Probables: Porcello vs. Diamond) @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
- Game Ball Delivery: Captain Kalli Ritter of the United States Air Force from Howell, Michigan will deliver the game ball. She recently returned from Turkey where she worked at air command headquarters and has also served in Qatar and Bahrain. She has proudly served the Air Force for nine years in active duty.
- MLB At The Ballpark First Pitch Opportunity: One fan who checks in at Comerica Park with the MLB At The Ballpark App before 6:30 p.m. will have the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Don't miss out on this special opportunity!
Friday, May 24 - Minnesota Twins (Probables: Sanchez vs. Deduno) @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
- The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Tigers Rally Towel, courtesy of Pepsi.
- Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
- Game Ball Delivery: 1st Lieutenant Sean N. Hoyt of the United States Army from Dana Point, California will deliver the game ball. He is a graduate of West Point and has recently returned from his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. He is currently serving as an Executive Officer for the 69th Forward Support Company and has proudly served the Army for eight years.
- 43rd Annual Polish American Night: Don't miss out on the Detroit Tigers' longest running annual cultural celebration. The night of festivities will include live polka bands, on-field costumed Polish dance performances, festive decorations and Detroit's favorite mascot, PAWS, in traditional Polish attire!.
- MLB At The Ballpark Dugout Fireworks Opportunity: One fan (and a guest) who checks in at Comerica Park with the MLB At The Ballpark App will have the opportunity to watch the postgame fireworks show from the visitor's dugout. Don't miss out on this special opportunity!
- Teen Driving Safety Night: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. That's why AAA, the Detroit Tigers and the Michigan State Police (MSP) have joined together to encourage teens to be safe drivers this Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer driving season. The three organizations support a key traffic safety message aimed at all drivers - but especially important for new teen drivers - pay attention while driving and buckle up this holiday weekend and throughout the summer. AAA projects an estimated 1.1 million state residents will travel this holiday weekend, with 92 percent going by motor vehicle. Many will be new teen drivers. AAA teamed with the Detroit Tigers to bring the teen traffic safety message to Comerica Park. In order to help new teen drivers learn more about safety driving, there will be two driving simulators at the ball park during Friday night's game. In addition, the first 5,000 teens entering the ball park will receive free keepsake AAA and Detroit Tigers key rings.
- 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 partner charity for this weekend is the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS), which exists to alleviate homelessness by providing an array of services that enable people to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing. 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. To date, the 2013 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised $13,200 for charity with the single largest one-game prize this season being $7,750.
Saturday, May 25 - Minnesota Twins (Probables: Fister vs. Correia) @ 4:08 p.m. (Gates open at 2:00 p.m.)
- The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a 1968 Tigers 45th Anniversary Commemorative Coin, courtesy of Belle Tire.
- The national anthem will be performed by José Feliciano who performed "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to Game 5 of the 1968 World Series between the Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Tiger Stadium, a game the Tigers won 5-3 on October 7.
- 1968 World Series Champions 45th Anniversary Celebration: The Detroit Tigers will celebrate one of the most beloved teams in club history when they pay tribute to the 1968 World Series Champion Tigers at Comerica Park. Players and coaches from the '68 team scheduled to attend include: Gates Brown - Outfielder #26, Wayne Comer - Outfielder #27, John Hiller - Lefthanded Pitcher #18, Al Kaline - Outfielder #6, Mickey Lolich - Lefthanded Pitcher #29, Tom Matchick - Infielder #2, Denny McLain - Righthanded Pitcher #17, Hal Naragon - Coach #52. Jim Price - Catcher #12, Mickey Stanley - Outfielder/Shortstop #24, Dick Tracewski - Infielder #44, Jon Warden - Lefthanded Pitcher #39, Don Wert - Third base #8, Daryl Patterson - Righthanded Pitcher #43, Ray Lane - Radio Broadcaster (players subject to change) The tribute will continue with a special video tribute on the Comerica Park HD scoreboard created specifically for this event. The video will be followed by an on-field, pregame ceremony to recognize the members of the 1968 team. In addition to all of the pregame festivities, one member of the 1968 team will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Tigers' play-by-play radio broadcaster Dan Dickerson will serve as master of ceremonies. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to be in their seats to enjoy the pregame festivities, which begin at 3:40 p.m. Gates will open at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 26 - Kids Day - Minnesota Twins (Probables: Scherzer vs. Pelfrey) @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
- All kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Detroit Tigers Baseball Card Set featuring players from the 2013 team, PAWS and Tigers' Manager Jim Leyland, courtesy of Aquafina.
- Ride Your Bike to the Ballpark: Calling all bicyclists! The Detroit Tigers are offering a very special ticket package! For just $22, bicycle riding fans receive a Pavilion ticket to the game vs. the Minnesota Twins and a ticket for a one-day-only bicycle valet to be located on Columbia Plaza in front of Comerica Park's Gate A entrance. Bicycle valet tickets are only available through this special offer and will not be available for purchase on the day of the game. Tickets and bicycle valet spaces are limited, so be sure to purchase yours today!
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 27 - Pittsburgh Pirates @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.) - ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS RECOGNITION GAME
- Game Ball Delivery: First Lieutenant Robert McLean of the Michigan Air National Guard from Lake Orion, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan. He has proudly served the United States Army, Army National Guard and Air National Guard for 18 years.
- Staff Sergeant Amy Gould of the 126 Army Band, Michigan Army National Guard will perform the national anthem and "God Bless America." The Joint Forces Color Guard representing all five military branches: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard with soldiers from the state of Michigan will present the colors during the national anthem.
- Veterans Recognition Game: The Tigers will celebrate the dedication and sacrifice of current and former members of the Armed Forces on Memorial Day. The Tigers will donate 1,500 tickets to local members of the Armed Forces and Veterans along with their families to attend the game as the Tigers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans will be recognized on the field for their service to the United States Armed Forces prior to the national anthem. David Van Allen, Chief of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, Disabled American Veterans, Detroit Regional Office, representing all Veterans, and Colonel David Brooks from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, representing all active service members, each throw a ceremonial first pitch. All service members and Veterans who participate in the on-field recognition will receive a patriotic Detroit Tigers t-shirt. The Detroit Tigers partner with local organizations to invite active service members and Veterans to participate in the event. The organizations include Selfridge Air National Guard Base (active), 110th Air National Guard Base (active), Battle Creek (active), Dearborn Veterans Center (Veterans), United States Navy Recruiting Office, Detroit (active), Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (Veterans), Wayne State University Student Veterans Organization (Veterans), the United States Coast Guard (active), Oakland University Student Veterans Organization (Veterans), Rolling Thunder POW (Veterans), Marines Corp League Downriver Detachment (Veterans), John D. Dingell Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Detroit (Veterans), Veteran's Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System (Veterans), VetSports (Veterans) and Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter 154 (Veterans), Disabled American Veterans, Department of Michigan (Veterans).
Tuesday, May 28 - Pittsburgh Pirates @ 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.
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.