Detroit, MI- The Tigers roar into the second half of the season with a four-game series against their American League Central Division rival Cleveland Indians in a four-game weekend series at Comerica Park. First pitch for Friday's game is at 7:08 p.m. Game one of the doubleheader will begin at 1:08 p.m., while game two is scheduled to begin at 7:08 p.m. The homestand will conclude with a 1:08 p.m. start 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).
Friday, July 18 vs. Cleveland Indians at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.
· Motown Night: On Friday, the Tigers will celebrate the music that put Detroit on the map with Motown Night. Enjoy live music from renowned Detroit-based R&B group Serieux, The Reflections and Motor City Soul as the Tigers pay tribute to the timeless Motown sound. All in-game music, and the post-game fireworks show will feature all of the classics of Motown. As a part of Motown Night, legendary Motown Group The Four Tops will perform the national anthem and Duke Fakir of the group will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
· Game Ball Delivery: Today's game ball will be delivered by First Sergeant Ryan Roush of the United States Marine Corps from Republic, Ohio.
· Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will happen on Friday and Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader. The partner charity for this weekend's 50/50 raffle is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has dedicated itself to being one of the top-rated voluntary health agencies in terms of dollars that directly fund the mission of LLS. 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. Since inception of the program in 2009, the 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised more than $712,900 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $16,096.50.
· Friday Night Fireworks with a special Motown theme, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).
Game 1: Saturday, July 19 vs. Cleveland Indians at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m.
· This afternoon's game is a makeup from the game on April 15 that was cancelled due to rain. All tickets from the April 15 game will be honored. No ticket exchange is necessary
· Jackie Robinson Most Valuable 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. Brandon J. Bordeaux, Chairman and COO of Caravan Facilities Management, LLC is presented the Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award (MVDBP) during a special pre-game on-field ceremony. Caravan Facilities Management, LLC is a proven performer in the Facilities Management field, providing facilities management services to industries around the globe for nearly two decades. Through the utilization of innovative and integrated technologies combined with a process management systems, Caravan Facilities Management consistently provides superior quality to its customers. The Detroit Tigers have partnered with Caravan Facilities Management since 2012.
· Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation: The Tigers will host the 12th annual Children's Health Day in partnership with the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, a Detroit based organization that supports the healthcare needs of all children in Michigan by raising philanthropic funds for childhood disease research, the prevention of injuries and community outreach programs in southeast Michigan.
· The national anthem will be performed by Christina Chriss, lead singer of the band Kaleido. Kaleido was named the 2013 Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly. Kaleido recently released their second studio album entitled, "Unbreakable."
Game 2: Saturday, July 19 at 7:08 p.m. **Gates Open: TBD**
· There will be no batting practice on the field prior to Game 2.
· Tonight's game ball will be delivered by Sergeant Andrew McCarthy of the United States Army from Flint, Michigan.
· The national anthem will be performed by the Saline Summer Band.
· Following the game there will be Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).
· MLB AT the Ballpark Check-In Experiences: One lucky fan that checks in at Comerica Park with the MLB at the Ballpark app will have the opportunity to watch postgame fireworks from the visitor's dugout. Fans may check in beginning four hours prior to game time.
Sunday, July 20 vs. Cleveland Indians at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m.
· All kids 14-and-under will receive an Anibal Sanchez poster, courtesy of Meijer.
· The national anthem will be performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Jazz Orchestra. Kris Johnson, conductor of the Civic Jazz Orchestra will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
· PAWS For Applause: The PAWS for Applause program is a partnership between the Detroit Tigers and the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. It's a campaign that celebrates youth who volunteer their time and resources to make the community better. During the 2014 Tigers season, fans have the opportunity to submit an essay to the O&E Newspapers to nominate a young person in their community for doing something to make their community better. Today's winner is 10-year-old Andrew Lithgow of Livonia, Michigan.
· KinderVision Awareness Table: KinderVision will have a booth in front of the Brushfire Grill for today's game to help raise awareness and help prevent child abduction and child exploitation. The booth is designed to help protect families through a unique, pro-active, video-based program. The awareness booth will provide educational materials for parents and children as well as a complimentary DVD for children with safety tips. As an added incentive, children are able to be video recorded at the booth with the video clip edited to the end of the DVD creating a personalized video.
· 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 Fisher Price mini-Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.