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August 28, 2009 4:54 PM

Tigers-Rays Press Release.


DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers begin a seven-game homestand on Friday, August 28 when they host the Tampa Bay Rays for a four-game series. Friday's game is at 7:05 p.m., Saturday's game begins at 4:10 p.m. and Sunday and Monday's games start at 1:05 p.m. The Tigers then host the Cleveland Indians for a three-game series, which begins a stretch during which the Tigers face divisional opponents in 25 of their final 33 games. Tuesday and Wednesday's games begin at 7:05 p.m. while Thursday's matinee is at 1:05. 

Friday night fireworks, Sunday Kids Day, and three giveaways - a Curtis Granderson replica glove, a Brandon Inge backpack and a PAWS aluminum lunchbox, highlight the homestand. 

Available for the Cleveland series and all Monday-Thursday home games through September 17, fans can purchase two Outfield Box tickets for $49 - a savings of $15. 

Tickets are available for all games at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at, 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. 

Friday, August 28 - Fireworks Show - Rays @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        Special Agent Benjamin Hadden of the United States Air Force and a native of Ortonville, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Hadden recently returned from a tour in Iraq. 
·        Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, are free with game ticket and will immediately follow the game, weather permitting. 
·        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. 

Tigers All-Star third baseman Brandon Inge will be presented with The Heart and Hustle Award by former Tigers great Willie Horton during an on-field, pregame ceremony. The annual award recognizes one player on each major league team who demonstrates a passion for baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game. Of the 30 winners, one player will be chosen as the final Heart and Hustle Award recipient, as voted on by more than 3,000 members of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. 

The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, has partnered with Special Olympics Michigan, who seek to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, 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 when the gates open 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 $65,000 for charities, with the single largest 50-50 winner taking home more than $5,800. 

Saturday, August 29 - Granderson Replica Glove - Rays @ 4:10 p.m. (Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)

·        Parking Advisory: Tigers fans are advised to arrive early to Comerica Park (before 3:00 p.m.) to avoid the exiting of fans from Ford Field. Comerica Park's Gates open at 2:30 p.m. 
·        Major Rick Baker of the United States Army National Guard and a native of Paw Paw, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Baker recently returned from his second deployment, including a tour in Bosnia and Iraq. 
·        The first 7,500 kids (14-and-younger) will receive a Curtis Granderson replica glove compliments of Ball Park Brands and Spartan Stores. 
·        Former Tigers great Willie Horton will sign copies of his book, "The People's Champion," from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Gate A. 

The Gloves For Kids program culminates with an equipment collection at Comerica Park. Fans wishing to donate can bring new or gently used baseball and softball equipment to the game, with donations being accepted at Gate A, the Luxury Suite entrance and Guest Services from 
2 p.m. through the second inning. The Tigers are setting out to collect 200 gloves - enough to outfit more than 10 youth teams. To date, Gloves For Kids has collected more than 2,000 pieces of equipment in 2009 and is supported by 97.1 The TicketWWJ 950 AMFOX Sports Detroit and The Baseball Tomorrow Fund. 

Going to Bat for Literacy: Tigers shortstop Adam Everett will read "The ABC's of Detroit Tigers Baseball," a children's book that covers the game of baseball from A-to-Z, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Gardner White, 39453 Ford Rd., in Canton. The Tigers, Gardner White and FOX 2 have partnered to promote the importance of literacy among metro Detroit youth. Those attending are encouraged to donate new or gently used books during the event to benefit theSalvation Army. 

BLUE for Kids: Four children will attend the Tigers game, receive a souvenir baseball and take an on-field photo with the umpiring crew, compliments of BLUE for Kids. Founded by Major League Baseball Umpires in 2006, the program enriches the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness by providing memorable sports experiences, supporting pediatric medical care, and raising awareness of foster children waiting to be adopted. 

Sunday, August 30 - Kids Day - Rays @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.) 

·        All Kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Back to School Brandon Inge backpack compliments of DMC. 

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every child receiving a Brandon Inge backpack, children can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly 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. 

Monday, August 31 - Rays @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.) 

The Tigers will recognize 18 members of the Detroit Edison Post 187 baseball team, the 1959 American Legion National Champions, during an on-field, pregame ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of their championship title. Detroit Edison Post 187 is the only team from Michigan to win an American Legion Baseball National Championship.

Tuesday, September 1 - Tigers Lunchbox - Indians @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        Second Lieutenant Kelly Clore of the United States Army and a native of Brighton, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Clore is home on leave from Iraq while serving her first tour of duty. 
·        Diamond White, 10, will perform the national anthem. White is the 2009 Detroit Stars singing competition winner. 
·        The first 7,500 kids (14-and-younger) will receive a Back to School Aluminum PAWS Lunchbox compliments of Meijer. 

Wednesday, September 2 - H.O.G./Bike Night - Indians @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        Karen Newman, singing voice of the Detroit Red Wings, will perform the national anthem. 
·        Free motorcycle parking will be provided on Brush Street, the I-75 service drive and at Hockeytown Café. Bike parking is available first come, first served. 

As part of Carlos' Compañeros, Tigers outfielder Carlos Guillen will provide complimentary game tickets, T-shirts and the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field for members of the Western International High School softball team. 

Roberto Clemente Day: Tigers All-Star outfielder Curtis Granderson will be recognized during an on-field, pregame ceremony as the Tigers nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others. For his nomination, Granderson will receive a $7,500 check from Chevy for the Grand Kids Foundation. Selected from the 30 MLB club nominees, an on-field announcement of the national Roberto Clemente Award winner will be made during the World Series. 

Thursday, September 3 - Indians @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.) 

·        Airman Chris Connell of the United States Navy and a native of Owosso, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Airman Connell is home on leave while serving on the USS Iwo Jima during his first tour of duty. 
·        Tia Fuller, who will be performing at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, will perform the national anthem. 


·        Tigers Fashion Jerseys are 20 percent off in all Tigers retail shops. 
·        September Ticket Special - Two Outfield Box tickets for $49 are available for Monday-Thursday Tigers home games through September 17. 
·        Buy One Party Suite, Get One Free - Purchase a 20-person suite for any remaining regular season game (excluding September 12) and receive a $300 food credit on the night of your purchase and a free 20-person suite for use on a select night. For tickets call 313-471-BALL. 
·        College Night - Every Wednesday, college students can enjoy $15 Pavilion tickets that include an "Always A Tiger" College Night T-Shirt. 
·        $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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