Lemon to help ring in Opening Day with first pitch

Lemon to help ring in Opening Day with first pitch

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Former Tigers great Chet Lemon will lead off the Tigers' 30th anniversary celebration of the 1984 World Series championship team when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. The Tigers announced the honor as part of their list of Opening Day ceremonies at Comerica Park.

The Tigers will celebrate their third consecutive American League Central title by adding the commemorative flag to their collection beyond center field. R&B artist Brian McKnight will perform the national anthem as the Michigan Joint Honor Guard presents the colors and a 300-foot American flag is unfurled in center.

Air Force Master Sergeant Michael Miller from Shelby Township will deliver the game ball to the mound.

Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. ET for the 1:08 p.m. start. The first 20,000 fans will receive a Tigers rally towel.

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