DETROIT – The Tigers return home from their five-game road trip to begin a six-game homestand at Comerica Park on Tuesday night. The Tampa Bay Rays (June 4-6) will make their only visit to Detroit this season and the Cleveland Indians (June 7-9) will visit Comerica Park for the second time. First pitch for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Rays are 7:08 p.m., while Thursday’s is 1:08 p.m. Friday’s contest against the Indians begins at 7:08 p.m., Saturday’s at 4:08 p.m. and Sunday’s at 1:08 p.m.
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).
Tuesday, June 4 – Tampa Bay Rays @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· The Henry Ford Night: Tuesday is The Henry Ford Day at Comerica Park. Pregame activities will include historic baseball players from Greenfield Village at Gate A and a street team distributing cheer cards. The Detroit Tigers are a promotional partner with The Henry Ford and annually sponsor the Historic Baseball Program at Greenfield Village.
Wednesday, June 5 – Tampa Bay Rays @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Cabrera’s Chamitos: Tigers All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera will invite 20 fans to Comerica Park for each remaining Wednesday home game as part of his Cabrera’s Chamitos program. The group will watch batting practice from the field, receive complimentary Cabrera’s Chamitos t-shirts and will have the opportunity to meet Cabrera. The group is also treated to complimentary transportation to Comerica Park by the FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express. The program participants are from deserving charitable groups in the greater Detroit area. On June 5, children from LA SED (Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc.) will participate in the program. LA SED’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of the Hispanic community and all residents of Southwest Detroit.
Thursday, June 6 – Tampa Bay Rays @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
· Actor, comedian and TV personality David Spade will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Friday, June 7 – Cleveland Indians @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
· 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!
· 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 Health Emergency Lifeline Programs (HELP), a non-profit, community-based organization that provides essential services for people who are at-risk, infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C. 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 $27,992.50 for charity with the single largest one-game prize this season being $8,342.50.
Saturday, June 8 – Cleveland Indians @ 4:08 (Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)
· Game Ball Delivery: Lieutenant Rachel Barton from Sterling Heights, Michigan will deliver the game ball. She is a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. She received her wings in 2009 and serves as a helicopter pilot in the United States Navy. Lieutenant Barton has completed four deployments to Bahrain and has proudly served the United States Navy for six years.
- 3rd Annual Classic Car Show: Fans of the Detroit Tigers will be able to enjoy over 100 unique classic cars on display in front of Comerica Park prior to Tigers vs. Indians game. The Detroit Tigers Classic Car Show, presented by MotorCity Casino Hotel and Total Lubricants will take place from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Witherell Street, Columbia Plaza and within Lot 2 and is open to the public. This event gives fans the rare opportunity to enter their own classic vehicles through an official Detroit Tigers nomination process. All selected cars would be judged in six categories: best overall, best pre-1960, best 1961 – 1970, best 1971 – 1989, best custom paint job and best sports car. The event will include celebrity judges, live music and much more! Fans are encouraged to arrive early for this event.
Sunday, June 9 – Kids Day – Cleveland Indians @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:00 a.m.) – GATES OPEN EARLY FOR PHOTO DAY
· All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” PAWS Cereal Bowl, courtesy of the Detroit Free Press.
Photo Day: Sunday marks the annual pregame on-field Photo Day, courtesy of Ballpark and Meijer. All Tigers fans will be allowed to enter a special section of the Comerica Park outfield from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (weather permitting) as Tigers players and coaches pose for photographs taken by Tigers fans. Although it is not an autograph event, it is a great way to get an up-close look at all of your favorite players and get some great pictures.
All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, presented by Radio Disney. 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.
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.