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August 2, 2009 11:57 PM

Beginning of seven game home-stand.

TIGERS HOST ORIOLES TO OPEN SEVEN-GAME HOMESTAND 
KEY CENTRAL DIVISION SHOWDOWN WITH TWINS HIGHLIGHTS WEEKEND 
GREAT SAVINGS ON TICKET DEALS


DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers welcome the Baltimore Orioles to Detroit on Monday for a four-game series to begin a seven-game homestand. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's games start at 7:05 p.m. while Thursday's matinee is at 1:05 p.m. The Tigers then host the Minnesota Twins for a three-game division matchup beginning on Friday, August 7. Friday and Saturday's games are at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday's series finale starts at 1:07 p.m. 

The fourth annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! celebration, College Night, Friday and Saturday night firework shows, Sunday Kids Day, and three giveaways - a Detroit Tigers 2009 All-Star Player poster, a Los Tigres hat and a Miguel Cabrera Growth Chart, highlight the homestand. 

Available for the Baltimore series, fans can purchase an August Double Play, two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 - a savings of $15, or a Super Summer Special, a $15 mezzanine ticket for $10. 

Tickets are available for all games at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at www.tigers.com, by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437), at Detroit-area Meijer stores and at Hockeytown Authentics, located at 1845 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy. 

Monday, August 3 - Orioles @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

During an on-field, pregame ceremony, the Detroit Tigers will feature Jack's Place for Autism to raise awareness of autism and the associated resources needed for families living with autism. Additionally, through the Detroit Tigers Ticket Donation program, Jack's Place for Autism will receive 400 complimentary game tickets for use by families afflicted with autism. Jack's Place for Autism, established in October of 2002, is the personal charity of former Tigers player and current Tigers radio broadcaster Jim Price and his wife, Lisa. Former Tigers great Willie Horton will visit with the group from 6:30-7:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, August 4 - All-Star Poster - Orioles @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


·        The first 10,000 fans will receive a poster featuring all four 2009 Detroit Tigers All-Stars, including Curtis GrandersonBrandon IngeEdwin Jackson and Justin Verlander, courtesy of DTE Energy. 
·        Melissa Allen of Adrian, Mich., winner of the "Vote Inge 100 Times" sweepstakes, will deliver the game ball. 

The Tigers will host 1,000 children and family members from the Miracle League of Michigan to watch batting practice from the field and participate in an on-field, pregame ceremony prior to watching the game. The Miracle League of Michigan is a charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball in an organized league. In 2008, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, donated $10,000 to the Miracle League of Michigan through the generosity of Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman and the Autographs for a Cause program.


Wednesday, August 5 - College Night - Orioles @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        Sergeant Danny Click of the United States Army and a native of Dearborn Heights, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Sgt. Click is home for two weeks of leave from Afghanistan where he serves his third tour of duty in his seventh year of service to the United States Armed Forces. 

The Tigers will host 25 individuals from Lawrence Technological University, mainly comprised of Taiwanese teachers receiving instruction at the educational institution for the summer. The group will watch batting practice from the field and have the opportunity to meet Tigers pitcher Fu-Te Ni, the first Taiwanese player in franchise history. 

The Tigers will host Comerica Park's first-ever College Night, which includes a $15 game ticket and an exclusive Tigers College Night T-shirt. College Night will be held each Wednesday for the remainder of the season. 

Thursday, August 6 - Orioles @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.) 

·        Colonel Craig Collier of the United States Army and a native of Flint, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Col. Collier is home after serving two tours of duty in Iraq in his 23rd year of service to the United States Armed Forces. 

Friday, August 7 - Fireworks Show - Twins @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, are free with game ticket and will immediately follow the game. 
·        One lucky fan will receive an opportunity to win $1,000 in the Pepsi Close for Cash contest between the conclusion of the game and the Friday Night Fireworks by throwing three strikes from various distances.Fans can enter for a chance to be selected at a participating Sam's Club. 
·        Former Tigers great Willie Horton will sign copies of his book, "The People's Champion," from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Gate A. 

The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with Latino Family Services, a community social service agency of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Board and an affiliate of the National Council of La Raza, for Friday and Saturday's 50-50 Charity raffle. The Foundation holds a 50-50 Charity raffle every Friday and Saturday game throughout the season. Tickets are sold from 5:30 p.m. until the end of the second inning throughout the concourse, at entry gates and at the 50-50 raffle table near Gate A. Tickets are three-for-$5 with the winning ticket announced after the sixth inning. To date, the 50-50 Charity raffle has raised more than $50,000 for charities, with the single largest 50-50 winner taking home $5,500. 

The 2009 Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, formerly known as the Hometown World Series, commences with a 10 a.m. opening ceremony at Maheras-Gentry Field in Detroit. Tigers outfielder Curtis Grandersonwill throw out a ceremonial first pitch as part of the day's festivities. Part of Play Baseball Detroit, the three-day event is a youth baseball and softball tournament hosted in partnership by the Youth Development CommissionThink Detroit PAL and the City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department. Nearly 500 baseball and softball players representing 42 teams are scheduled to participate. 

Saturday, August 8 - ¡Fiesta Tigres! - Twins @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        The first 10,000 fans will receive a Los Tigres Hat, courtesy of Fox Sports Detroit. 
·        Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon, are free with game ticket and immediately follow the game. 
·        One lucky fan will receive an opportunity to win $1,000 in the Pepsi Close for Cash contest between the conclusion of the game and the Saturday Night Fireworks by throwing three strikes from various distances.Fans can enter for a chance to be selected at a participating Sam's Club. 

The Tigers host the fourth annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! celebration, sponsored by Fox Sports Detroit,  to recognize and honor the contributions Hispanic and Latino players have made to the Detroit Tigers franchise and Major League Baseball. Live mariachi, salsa, jazz and Latin music will be performed throughout Comerica Park, complimenting the décor of flags from Spanish-speaking countries adorning the park along with photos of past and present Hispanic and Latino Tigers players.


Sunday, August 9 - Sunday Kids Day - Twins @ 1:07 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)


·        All Kids 14-and-younger attending the game will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Miguel Cabrera Growth Chart courtesy of Verizon Wireless. 

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every child receiving a Miguel Cabrera Growth Chart, children can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Bank Carousel or theFly Ball Ferris Wheel courtesy of Red Robinfree face painting at Gates A and B, and Pack Attack near Gate B at 11:45 a.m. Tigers Kids Club Members have the exclusive chance to take the field prior to the start of the game, deliver the lineup card to homeplate or announce the first Tigers batter over the public address as one of the Big Boy Kids Take the Field. Additionally, there is a chance for all kids to win one of four kids' bicycles, compliments of Meijer. After the game all children are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases, courtesy of Pepsi and Upper Deck Trading Cards. 

The Tigers will host the University of Michigan Program for Neurology Research & Discovery during an on-field, pregame ceremony to encourage fans to participate in the Big House Big Heart Race on October 4 at the University of Michigan's Big House football stadium. The Tigers have partnered with the Big House Big Heart Race to raise funds and awareness of ALS while honoring the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech and his retirement from baseball. For more information visit www.bighousebigheart.com. The Tigers donated 220 complimentary tickets to the University of Michigan Program for Neurology Research & Discovery for Sunday's game. 


TIGERS VALUE OFFERS AT COMERICA PARK


·        $10 Tigers Giant Bobble Heads available in any team store. 
·        August Double Play - Two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 are available for all Monday-Thursday Tigers home games. 
·        Super Summer Special - All Mezzanine tickets, regularly $15, are available for $10 all Monday-Thursday Tigers August home games. 
·        Party Suites Plus - Suites are on sale now for select Tigers home games in August and include a $300 food credit with tickets starting as low as $85 per person.  For tickets call 313-471-BALL. 
·        $5 Single-game tickets available for every Tigers home game. 
·        $5 Kids Value Meals every game - includes a hot dog, chips, juice box and a PAWS finger puppet. 
·        $5 Adult Value Meals every game - includes a hot dog, chips and a soda. 
·        $5 Parking available in Lots M, R, P and Q between Cass and Grand River along Columbia.



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