Detroit, MI- The Tigers return home from a nine-game roadtrip for a four-game series against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. First pitch for Thursday's game is at 1:08 p.m., while Friday's contest begins at 7:08 p.m., first pitch for Saturday is at 4:08 p.m. and the homestand concludes with a 1:08 p.m. game on Sunday.
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 season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL(2255).
Thursday, May 22 vs. Texas Rangers at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m. Probables: LHP Robbie Ray vs. RHP Yu Darvish
· Weather Day: Prior to Thursday's game against the Rangers, more than 3,600 students will be treated to a lesson on the science behind Michigan weather and why it acts the way it does. The lesson will feature meteorologists from FOX 2 Weather Authority and special weather-related demonstrations by experts from Toledo's Imagination Station. Weather Day is the final installment of the Tigers successful Class Outside Series, which treats students to a day of learning and baseball at Comerica Park. This year, more than 11,000 metro-Detroit students participated in one of the Tigers five Class Outside Series programs.
Friday, May 23 vs. Texas Rangers at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m. Probables: RHP Anibal Sanchez vs. RHP Scott Baker
· Legacy Luncheon Presented by the Detroit Tigers Foundation: The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, will host approximately 125 metro-Detroit area high school baseball players at a special luncheon in the Tiger Club at Comerica Park beginning at 12:00 p.m. The event will feature a panel with current Tigers players Torii Hunter, Austin Jackson and Rajai Davis. Tigers Assistant Hitting Coach Darnell Coles, and First Base Coach Dave Clark, along with FOX Sports Detroit broadcasters Rod Allen and Craig Monroe and former Negro Leagues player Ron Teasley will also participate in a special panel for the students. The entire luncheon will be hosted by Dr. Darrius from Hot 107.5 FM (WGPR, Radio One Detroit). This event is not open to the public.
· Eighth Annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition: The Tigers have partnered with Radio One for the eighth annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition. The competition will take place at the Big Cat Court starting at 5:30 p.m. 10 finalists will be judged by celebrity judges including Duke Fakir of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops, Golden Tate, wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and FOX 2 TV personality Lee Thomas. The winner receives $1,500, will be recognized on the field prior to Friday's game against the Rangers and will have the opportunity to sing the anthem on Monday, September 8.
· "Passing of the Bat Ceremony": The Tigers are continuing their celebration of African Americans and their numerous contributions to the game of baseball with the "Passing of the Bat" ceremony, which embodies the past, present and future contributions of African American ballplayers to the game of baseball. The ceremony features former Detroit Stars player Walt Owens, former Tigers and current FOX Sports Detroit broadcasters Rod Allen and Craig Monroe, current Tigers Rajai Davis Torii Hunter, and Austin Jackson, as well as Dazon Cole of West Bloomfield High School. Cole is one of the top high school baseball prospects in the state of Michigan.
· The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown out by Detroit Lions wide receiver and celebrity judge of the Detroit Stars Singing Competition Golden Tate and great-granddaughter of Hall of Fame Negro Leagues player Norman "Turkey" Stearnes, Ketera Stearnes. Stearnes is memorialized with a plaque in his honor near the Gate C entrance at Comerica Park.
· The national anthem will be performed by Joyce Stearnes Thompson and Rosilyn Stearnes-Brown, daughters of Norman "Turkey" Stearnes.
· Negro Leagues merchandise will be sold by Tony Dee's Negro Leagues Baseball Apparel throughout the weekend in the Big Cat Court on the Comerica Park concourse.
· Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 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's 50/50 raffle is the Woodbridge Baseball Academy, which forges partnerships to create and strengthen an infrastructure to support the positive development of Detroit area youth through the game of baseball. Raffle tickets are available from the time gates open until the last out of the sixth inning. Tickets will be sold on a digital platform and are three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. The winner will be announced on the Comerica Park scoreboard before the end of the game.
· Game Ball Delivery: Tonight's game ball will be delivered by Technical Sergeant Bradly Parker of the United States Air Force from Sterling Heights, Michigan.
· Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).
20th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, Saturday, May 24 vs. Texas Rangers at 4:08 p.m. Gates Open at 2:00 p.m. RHP Rick Porcello vs. RHP Nick Martinez
· The first 10,000 fans to enter the park will receive a Detroit Stars baseball cap, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
· Beginning at 2:30 p.m. former Negro Leagues Players including Charlie Davis, Melvin Buck Duncan, Pedro Sierra, Walt Owens, Johnny Walker, Bill Hill, Ron "Schoolboy" Teasley, Mrs. Minnie Forbes, Eugene Scruggs and Henry Saverson, along with Negro Leagues historians Louis Manley and Dick Clark will participate in a special round table discussion and Q&A with Tigers fans in the Big Cat Court on the Comerica Park concourse.
· On-Field Ceremony: Prior to the 20th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, where the Tigers and Rangers will don the uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Ft. Worth Texas Black Panthers, 10 former Negro Leagues players will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony, hosted by famed radio announcer John Mason of Radio One's 105.9. In addition, as part of its commitment to the metro Detroit community, Comerica Bank will donate $5,000 to Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium to purchase a historic marker identifying the Negro Leagues diamond as a National Historic Landmark. Former home of the Negro Leagues Detroit Stars, Hamtramck Stadium has played host to National Baseball Hall of Famers such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Cool Papa Bell and Norman "Turkey" Stearnes.
· The Tigers will honor former Negro Leagues players Gene Johnson and Frank Crosson with a moment of silence.
· The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by a former Negro Leagues player, Ron Teasley.
· The national anthem will be performed by the Mosaic Singers from the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.
· Game Ball Delivery: Today's game ball will be delivered by Staff Sergeant Eric Lindecker of the United States Army from Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Sunday, May 25 vs. Texas Rangers at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m. Probables: RHP Justin Verlander vs. RHP Colby Lewis
· African American Legacy Award Presentation: Prior to the game, the Tigers will posthumously honor former Tigers outfielder Bill Bruton for his contributions to the legacy of African Americans in baseball in the city of Detroit and across the country. Bruton's family will be on-hand to receive the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award on his behalf. The Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award is presented by the Detroit Tigers in partnership with the Metro Detroit Area McDonald's. The award has also been presented to Gates Brown (2009), Jake Wood (2010), Earl Wilson (2012) and Larry Herndon (2013). Following the presentation to the Bruton family, a plaque chronicling the history of the Tigers African American Legacy Award recipients will be unveiled and later hung in the Ernie Harwell Media Center at Comerica Park. The ceremony will also include the presentation of a Testimonial Resolution to Bill Bruton by Detroit City Council Member George Cushingberry, Jr.
· The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Brent Elledge, grandson of Bill Bruton.
· The national anthem and God Bless America will be performed by Vision Male Ensemble from the Detroit High School for the Performing Arts.
· Upon exit from the ballpark, all fans will receive a commemorative Bill Bruton baseball card, courtesy of The Detroit News.
· Verlander's Victor for Veterans: 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 while all guests receive a Verlander's Victory for Veterans t-shirt.
· All kids 14-and-under will receive a Detroit Tigers Starting Rotation Poster, courtesy of Meijer.