Tigers return home to face the Pirates and Mariners in five-game homestand

Detroit, MI- The Tigers return home on Wednesday to begin a five-game homestand at Comerica Park. The homestand begins with a two-game Interleague series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. First pitch for Wednesday's game is scheduled at 7:08 p.m., while the final game on Thursday is scheduled for 1:08 p.m. The Seattle Mariners arrive this weekend for a three-game series. First pitch on Friday and Saturday is at 7:08 p.m. The homestand concludes on Sunday with a 1:08 p.m. start. 

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). 

Wednesday, August 13 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m. 
RHP Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Vance Worley (5-1, 2.30) 

  • Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship: The 2014 Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship is a youth baseball and softball tournament held in Detroit for children ages 6 - 19. The annual tournament is funded through a grant provided by the Detroit Tigers Foundation as part of Play Baseball Detroit in an effort to grow youth baseball and softball in the greater Detroit region. The seven winning teams from the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship will be honored during an on-field ceremony at Comerica Park. Joining the winning teams on the field will be nearly 2,000 players and coaches who played in the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship as they participate in a parade of teams around the field. The 2014 Willie Horton Foundation Good Sportsmanship Award will be presented to Taylor Central. 
  • Bobble Head of the Month: Don't miss your chance to own a limited edition Cruisin' PAWS bobblehead, available in the D Shop now. There are only 168 produced and make a great addition to any fan's collection. 
  • First Pitch: A ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers Fans David Kaminsky and Powell Miller, as well as Takashi Miyaura, representing Young Basile. 
  • The national anthem will be performed by The Singing Crusaders. 

Thursday, August 14 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m. 
RHP Max Scherzer (13-4, 3.13) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (3-8, 3.82) 

  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a Justin Verlander Mini Bobblehead, sponsored by Frito Lay. 
  • The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Lori Adams. 

Friday, August 15 vs. Seattle Mariners at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m. 
RHP Rick Porcello (13-7, 3.11) vs. LHP James Paxton (2-0, 2.38) 

  • Max Scherzer's Showdown in Motown: Ever wonder what it would be like to play fantasy football with Max Scherzer? Fans who registered for his 'Showdown in Motown' fantasy football fundraiser are about to find out. The draft party will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Tigers Club where participating fans will be able to engage in a fantasy football draft with Scherzer and other Tigers players. Following the draft fans will head to Cheli's Chili Bar and be invited to watch batting practice from the field and attend the 7:08 p.m. against the Mariners. Funds raised through the fantasy football league benefits the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, Detroit PAL and the Detroit Zoological Society. 
  • Country Night: Don't forget to bring your cowboy boots and hat and saddle up for a country-filled night at the Tigers game. There will be live entertainment throughout the concourse featuring Allen as Tim, Deborah Stage Door Dancers, Annabelle Road and Alan Turner and the Steele Horse Band prior to the 7:08 p.m. start. Along with the performers, there will a mechanical bull in the Big Cat Court, a giant sized bull to greet fans outside of Gate A and Hooked on Dancin' on the Pepsi Porch. 
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a Miguel Cabrera two-time MVP Bobblehead, in partnership with Major League Baseball. 
  • Kinsler's Kids Program: Through the generosity of Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and his wife Tess, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, invites 20 guests from local charitable organizations focused on serving the needs of children to attend a Tigers baseball game. Kinsler's Kids provides families the opportunity to enjoy a special evening of Tigers baseball at Comerica Park in the Kinsler Family luxury suite, "Kinsler's Kids" t-shirts, ballpark fare catering and an autographed photo signed by Ian Kinsler. Tonight's "Kinsler's Kids" are from the Children's Hospital of Michigan. 
  • 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 take place on Friday and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend's 50/50 raffle is the American Diabetes Association. The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. 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 $764,000 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $16,096.50. 
  • Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Major Jay Biesenthal of the United States Army from Lewiston, Michigan. 
  • The national anthem will be performed by The Pontiac Waterford Big Chief Chorus and signed by Jeremy Wakeman. 
  • Following the game there will be Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting). 

Saturday, August 16 vs. Seattle Mariners at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m. 
LHP David Price (11-8, 3.21) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (13-3, 1.95) 

  • PLAY: The PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity among Youth) Campaign is a program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. The program promotes healthy living by teaching children the importance of staying fit, being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent childhood obesity. The event also features a session with the Taylor Hooton Foundation on the harmful effects of steroids and performance enhancing substances. Tigers Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Rand and his staff host nearly 100 participants from the Play Baseball Detroit program during the clinic on the field at Comerica Park as part of the league-wide initiative. Then the children rotate through three stations and a fourth station includes Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer sharing his personal experiences with fitness and how he stays healthy year-round. Scherzer is also an Advisory Board Member of the Taylor Hooton Foundation.   
  • Verlander's Victory for Veterans: For each of his scheduled 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. 
  • Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Staff Sergeant George Flory of the United States Air Force from Lima, Ohio. 
  • The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Janine Stange, who is making history by touring and performing the national anthem in all 50 states to commemorate the anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner. Her stop at Comerica Park will mark her 48th performance and she will complete her 50th state performance prior to the Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL preseason game in Nashville, Tennessee on August 28. Finally, Janine will open the festivities of the 200th Anniversary for the Star Spangled Spectacular at Baltimore's Ft. McHenry on September 14. 
  • Following the game there will be Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi and Meijer (weather permitting). 

Sunday, August 17 vs. Seattle Mariners at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m. 
TBA vs. RHP Chris Young (10-6, 3.27) 

  • Strike Out Bullying Rally: Prior to the game, the Tigers in partnership with the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, The Detroit Newspapers In Education, AMP Radio and Defeat the Label will host a Strike Out Bullying event. Fans of all ages will be invited to sign the Detroit Tigers pledge to stop bullying. Prior to the game a group of parents and children will participate in an on-field parade to demonstrate their commitment to end bullying. In 2013, The Detroit Tigers were awarded the Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence for the Club's anti-bullying program. The award was created to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB clubs.   
  • All kids 14-and-under will receive a Strike out Bullying Wrist Band, courtesy of Michigan State Police Internet Crimes against Children Task Force. 
  • 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.