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PostSubject: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:22 pm



01/07/2008 4:26 PM ET
Tigers agree to terms with eleven players on Minor League contracts for 2008 season

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers announced today the club has agreed to terms on a minor league contract for the 2008 season with righthanded pitchers Francis Beltran, Jeremy Johnson, Anastacio Martinez and Marcelo Perez, lefthanded pitchers Jon Connolly and Ian Ostlund, catchers Dane Sardinha and Max St. Pierre, infielders Caonabo Cosme and Henry Mateo and outfielder Jackson Melian.

Beltran appeared in 47 games for Triple A Norfolk in the Baltimore Orioles organization in 2007, compiling a 4.70 ERA (59.1IP/31ER) and eight saves. He saw action in 56 games at the major league level with the Chicago Cubs (2002, 2004) and Montreal Expos (2004).

Connolly spent time with both Triple A Toledo and Double A Erie in 2007, compiling an 8-8 record and 4.47 ERA (135.0IP/67ER) in 25 outings (23 starts).

Johnson spent the majority of the 2007 season with Triple A Toledo, posting a 3-3 record and 3.44 ERA (68.0IP/26ER) in 39 appearances. Additionally, he won both of his outings with Double A Erie, posting a 3.38 ERA (5.1IP/2ER).

Martinez appeared in 14 games (six starts) this past season for Triple A Toledo, compiling a 4-4 record and 4.24 ERA (40.1IP/19ER).

Perez appeared in 47 games with Double A Binghamton in the New York Mets organization in 2007, posting a 5.53 ERA (70.0IP/43ER) and 69 strikeouts.

Ostlund split the 2007 season between Triple A Toledo and Double A Erie. In 29 outings between the two stops, he posted a 2-1 record and 3.26 ERA (38.2IP/14ER).

Sardinha spent the entire 2007 season with Triple A Toledo, hitting .202 (77x381) with 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 117 games.

St. Pierre returns to the Tigers organization after seeing limited action with Double A Huntsville in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 2007. In 10 seasons in the Tigers organization (1997-2006), St. Pierre batted .254 (654x2579) in 762 games at the minor league level.

Cosme hit .276 (81x293) with 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 53 RBI in 92 games for Double A Chattanooga in the Cincinnati Reds organization during the 2007 season.

Mateo saw action in 96 games with Triple A Toledo in 2007, batting .257 (80x311) with 16 doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI.

Melian was named to the Eastern League's mid-season all-star squad in 2007 with Double A Erie. He batted .310 (99x319) with 15 doubles, 14 home runs and 65 RBI in 88 games for the SeaWolves.
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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:29 pm


01/08/2008 4:40 PM ET
TigerFest, presented by StubHub!, is this Saturday
23 current players expected to participate at Comerica Park

DETROIT -- For the second consecutive year, TigerFest, presented by StubHub!, will be held at Comerica Park, with the 2008 version scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Tickets for the 14th annual winter baseball event are sold out.

Based upon the success of hosting the event at Comerica Park in 2007, the event returns to the home of the Tigers for the second straight year. TigerFest allows fans to interact with their favorite Tigers players and coaches through autograph sessions, photo booths and seminars. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to tour many unique areas of the ballpark including the Tigers' Clubhouse, Chevrolet Champions Club, Baseball Operations offices and the Press Box.

Players scheduled to participate in TigerFest this year include Jeremy Bonderman, Tim Byrdak, Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Macay McBride, Zach Miner, Magglio Ordonez, Placido Polanco, Rick Porcello, Ryan Raburn, Clay Rapada, Edgar Renteria, Nate Robertson, Ivan Rodriguez, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Seay, Jordan Tata, Marcus Thames, Justin Verlander, Dontrelle Willis and Vance Wilson.

Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski and Vice President, Assistant General Manager, Al Avila, will participate in activities around the park along with manager Jim Leyland and his entire coaching staff. Former Tigers expected to be on hand include Gates Brown, Barbaro Garbey, John Hiller, Mickey Lolich, Dan Petry, Dave Rozema, Jon Warden and Milt Wilcox. Tigers broadcasters Rod Allen, Dan Dickerson and Jim Price will also take part in a day filled with baseball fun.

Fan activities will also include Major League batting cages, a Tigers speed pitch cage and a Tigers historic museum area. Youngsters will be able to hit in a miniature home run derby, swing in the junior T-ball area, play video games, have their face painted and more. A complete location guide and information regarding activity areas will be provided to fans upon entry to the ballpark.

Most access areas within the event will be heated and covered as the Tigers create the ultimate "think summer" experience in the middle of winter. However, the Tigers encourage all fans to dress according to the weather as some passageways may not be protected from seasonal elements.

For further details and the latest updates, please visit www.tigers.com/tigerfest.
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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:33 pm



01/09/2008 5:11 PM ET
Player and staff lineups announced for tour visits

DETROIT -- Player and staff lineups for the Detroit Tigers Caravan, presented by Verizon Wireless, were announced by the club today. The 2008 tour will be held on Sunday, January 13 and Monday, January 14, with stops throughout Michigan, in Toledo and Windsor.

Tigers Caravan, which is also sponsored by General Motors, Fox Sports Net Detroit and the Starbucks Coffee Company, has added a "North Bus" to its 2008 tour in addition to "Metro" and "West" routes. A total of 29 Tigers players, field staff and front office members will participate in the two-day event, which will make 19 appearances over the three routes.

METRO BUS

Sunday, January 13
11-11:30 a.m. Greater Grace Temple Rally (Greater Grace Temple, Detroit)
Rod Allen & Dontrelle Willis

11-11:45 a.m. Detroit Police Central District visit
Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont, Jeff Jones, Jeremy Bonderman, Clay Rapada, Nate Robertson, Miguel Cabrera

11:15-11:45 a.m. Southwest Detroit Business Association Community Assembly
(Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Detroit)
Magglio Ordonez

1:45-3:15 p.m. Windsor Regional Hospital Event (Ontario, Canada)
Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont, Jeff Jones, Dontrelle Willis, Jeremy Bonderman, Clay Rapada, Nate Robertson, Miguel Cabrera and Rod Allen

5-7 p.m. Toledo Mud Hens Event (Toledo, Ohio)
Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont, Jeff Jones, Dontrelle Willis, Jeremy Bonderman, Clay Rapada, Nate Robertson, Miguel Cabrera and Rod Allen

Monday, January 14
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Children's Hospital of Michigan (Detroit)
Gene Lamont, Jeff Jones, Jeremy Bonderman, Clay Rapada, Nate Robertson, Miguel Cabrera and Rod Allen

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cornerstone Schools, Nevada Campus (Detroit)
Jim Leyland and Dontrelle Willis

2:15-3:15 p.m. Boys & Girls Republic & Lutheran Child and Family Services (Farmington Hills)
Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont, Jeff Jones, Dontrelle Willis, Jeremy Bonderman, Clay Rapada, Nate Robertson, Miguel Cabrera and Rod Allen

4-5 p.m. Anderson Theater, Henry Ford Museum (Dearborn)
Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont, Jeff Jones, Dontrelle Willis, Clay Rapada, Nate Robertson and Rod Allen

6-7 p.m. Wayne State University Community Rally (Detroit)
Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont, Jeff Jones, Dontrelle Willis, Clay Rapada, Nate Robertson, Willie Horton and Rod Allen

WEST BUS

Sunday, January 13
1-2:15 p.m. Michigan State University, Breslin Center (East Lansing)
David Dombrowski, Rafael Belliard, Andy Van Slyke, Zach Miner, Vance Wilson, Carlos Guillen, Rick Porcello, Jordan Tata, Magglio Ordonez and Mario Impemba

6:30-9:30 p.m. Whitecaps Banquet, Amway Grand Plaza (Grand Rapids)
David Dombrowski, Rafael Belliard, Andy Van Slyke, Zach Miner, Vance Wilson, Carlos Guillen, Rick Porcello, Jordan Tata, Magglio Ordonez and Mario Impemba.

Monday, January 14
12:15-1:15 p.m. Hope College, Holland & South Haven Community Rally, DeVos Field
House at Hope College (Holland)
David Dombrowski, Rafael Belliard, Andy Van Slyke, Zach Miner, Vance Wilson, Rick Porcello, Jordan Tata, Magglio Ordonez and Mario Impemba

6-7:15 p.m. Eastern Michigan University Rally, Convocation Center (Ypsilanti)
David Dombrowski, Rafael Belliard, Vance Wilson, Rick Porcello, Magglio Ordonez, Edgar Renteria and Mario Impemba

NORTH BUS

Sunday, January 13
4:15-5:20 p.m. Traverse City Community Rally, Central High School (Traverse City)
Al Avila, Chuck Hernandez, Lloyd McClendon, Justin Verlander, Jacque Jones, Bobby Seay, Marcus Thames, Macay McBride, Edgar Renteria and Dan Dickerson

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Munson Medical Center Visit (Traverse City)
Al Avila, Chuck Hernandez, Lloyd McClendon, Justin Verlander, Jacque Jones, Bobby Seay, Marcus Thames, Macay McBride, Edgar Renteria and Dan Dickerson

Monday, January 14

1-2 p.m. Mount Pleasant Community Rally, Rose Arena at Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant)
Al Avila, Chuck Hernandez, Lloyd McClendon, Justin Verlander, Jacque Jones, Bobby Seay, Marcus Thames, Macay McBride, Edgar Renteria and Dan Dickerson

4:45-5:30 p.m.
Saginaw Valley State University & Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Rally, Ryder Center at SVSU (Saginaw)
Al Avila, Chuck Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Bobby Seay, Marcus Thames and Dan Dickerson

5:15-5:45 p.m.
Frankenmuth Reception, Bavarian Inn Lodge (Frankenmuth)
Lloyd McClendon and Jacque Jones
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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:30 pm



01/09/2008 3:09 PM ET
Ordonez named 'King Tiger' 2007 by Mayo Smith Society members

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordoñez has won the 2007 King Tiger Award, given each year by the Mayo Smith Society.

Ordoñez edged outfielder Curtis Granderson in the voting for the award. Veteran closer Todd Jones and rookie outfielder-infielder Ryan Raburn tied for third. They were the only Tigers to garner votes in the balloting.

The award is given for a Tigers player's on-field and off-field contributions.

Ordoñez led the American League with a .363 batting average and 54 doubles, while he was second with 139 RBI, 216 hits, a .434 on-base percentage and 354 total bases. He finished fourth in the league with a .595 slugging percentage and 82 extra-base hits, while ranking fifth with 117 runs scored and seventh with 27 home runs.

Off the field, Ordoñez annually donates $100,000 to the Detroit Tigers Foundation. He also purchased 50 tickets for underprivileged children to attend a game during ¡Fiesta Tigres!, the team's annual Latin-American celebration.

Voting was conducted among Mayo Smith Society members via e-mail and postal mail. Voting ended on January 8.

Ordoñez had previously won the Tiger of the Year award by the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, and had been named The Detroit News' Sportsman of the Year for 2007.

Mayo Smith Society leaders plan to give Ordoñez his award before a home game during the organization's annual spring training trip to Lakeland, Florida, set this year for March 15-22.

The Mayo Smith Society, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2008, is the international fan club for Detroit Tigers fans. In addition to the spring training trip, it sponsors an annual gathering in Detroit, outings to East Coast cities where the Tigers and their minor league affiliates play, makes charitable contributions, and publishes the "Tigers Stripes" and "E-Mayo Flash" newsletters.

Since the Mayo Smith Society reinstituted the King Tiger Award after being dormant since 1981, winners have been:

2004: Carlos Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez (tie)
2005: Placido Polanco
2006: Kenny Rogers


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:32 pm



01/10/2008 4:01 PM ET
Ordoñez set to announce Family Scholarship
Community event to be held at Holy Redeemer Church in southwest Detroit

DETROIT -- Magglio Ordoñez usually hits all of his home runs on a baseball field. However, this weekend, the reigning American League batting champion will begin touching all the bases to help deserving high school seniors attend college.

The Detroit Tigers Caravan will make a special stop at a community event in Southwest Detroit on Sunday, January 13 to formally announce the creation of the Ordoñez Family Scholarship.

The Ordoñez Family Scholarship is an endowed scholarship funded by a generous donation to the Detroit Tigers Foundation by Ordoñez and his family. Administered through the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Ordoñez Family Scholarship will award an annual $2,500 scholarship to a Southwest Detroit high school senior to attend college, renewable for up to four years (up to $10,000).

The announcement on Sunday will be part of a community event to be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1721 Junction Avenue, and hosted by the Southwest Detroit Business Association. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The scholarship announcement will take place from 11:15-11:45 a.m. with participants available to answer media questions for approximately 15 minutes following the event.

In addition to Ordoñez, also expected to participate in the program on Sunday are Jordan Field, manager of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, Robin Ferriby, Vice President Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and Kathy Wendler, Southwest Detroit Business Association President.

"We are proud to join Magglio and his family in making this commitment to the youth of Southwest Detroit," said Elaine Lewis, Vice President, Community and Public Affairs for the Tigers. "We look forward to celebrating and honoring the Ordoñez Family Scholarship winners at Comerica Park for years to come."

The first Ordoñez Family Scholarship will be awarded this spring. The application deadline for students interested in the scholarship is April 1, 2008. To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of Southwest Detroit and have attended a Southwest Detroit high school for their entire secondary education. Southwest Detroit is generally defined as the area south of I-94 and west of the I-75/I-96 interchange in the city of Detroit. Students can contact the Community Foundation or their high school guidance counselor for additional information or applications.

"This scholarship is another key investment made in our community by the Detroit Tigers organization and the Ordoñez family," Wendler said. "We look forward to working with them on creating many more opportunities for Southwest Detroit in the future."

The Detroit Tigers Foundation is committed to using the game of baseball to enhance the quality of life in its community with a focus on youth, education and recreation. It aids in the development and funding of innovative programs, including field renovation projects that reach the community with positive messages and promote the good citizenship embodied in the storied history of the Detroit Tigers.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, founded in 1984, is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of Southeast Michigan. The Community Foundation works to improve the region's quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter and supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. The Community Foundation has assets of more than $670 million and, since its inception, has distributed more than $295 million through more than 29,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.

The Southwest Detroit Business Association is an award-winning Community Development Corporation (CDC) committed to fostering innovation, drive and commitment in the community. Working with investors, entrepreneurs, customers and neighbors, it capitalizes on Southwest Detroit's competitive advantage, supporting the community's vision for a healthy, vibrant neighborhood.


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:35 pm



01/11/2008 1:48 PM ET
Hot Stove talk takes main stage at TigerFest
Fans can ask questions and watch live broadcast on 97.1 FM -- "The Ticket"; Ballpark tours will visit executive offices in 2008

DETROIT -- Tigers fans will have an opportunity to be part of the "Hot Stove" talk on Saturday, and participate in a "Fan Conference" at TigerFest.

Set up on the Upper Level above the Big Cat Court, just inside Gate A at Comerica Park, will be an indoor Main Stage area, which will feature five different discussions with Tigers personalities from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The first two hours of the Main Stage activities, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., will be broadcast live on 97.1 FM - The Ticket, which is the radio home of the Detroit Tigers. Oakland Press columnist and host of the 97.1 FM show "The Book on Sports," Pat Caputo, will open the live broadcast at 11 before turning the stage over to Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson. The first segment will be a look at the 2008 Tigers with Dickerson and Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski.

Following is the complete lineup for Main Stage events at TigerFest:

11 a.m.-12 noon - 2008 Tigers Outlook
Dan Dickerson will talk with Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski to preview the upcoming season.

12 noon-1 p.m. - Tigertown Show
Dan Dickerson and Pat Caputo will feature interviews with Tigers players and coaches.

1-2 p.m. - Baseball Trades - From the Inside
Rod Allen gives fans an inside look at the unique steps involved in executing a Major League trade when he talks with Tigers Vice President and Assistant General Manager Al Avila.

2-4 p.m. - Tigers "Fan" Conference
Over this two-hour window, numerous Tigers players will visit the Main Stage and take questions from the fans. Former Tiger Dan Petry will moderate the session.

4-5 p.m. - 1968 World Champions Discussion
Current Tigers broadcaster and member of the 1968 World Champions, Jim Price, will host a session with three other members of that club, including Gates Brown, John Hiller and Mickey Lolich.

SEE WHERE THEY WORK: As part of the ballpark Tours at TigerFest, fans will have an opportunity to actually look into the working spaces of three Tigers executives. Views into the offices of Owner Michael Ilitch, President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Al Avila will be a new feature of the guided Tours in 2008.

Sign up for Tours will be available at the Montcalm Ramp at Section 124. Tour guides will also show guests the press box, suites, the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel in The Brushfire Grill, the decade monuments on the main concourse, the Chevrolet Champions and discuss many other points of interest in Comerica Park.


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01/16/2008 5:02 PM ET
Tigers extend working agreement with Erie SeaWolves

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers announced today the club has extended its working agreement with Double-A Erie for two seasons through the 2010 season.

The SeaWolves have been the organization's Double-A affiliate since 2001. Erie has reached the Eastern League playoffs three times in its seven seasons with the Tigers, winning a division title in both 2001 and 2007 and reaching the postseason as a wild card winner in 2004.
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01/16/2008 1:52 PM ET
Tigers agree to terms on a three-year contract with Nate Robertson

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with lefthanded pitcher Nate Robertson, keeping him in a Tigers uniform through the 2010 season.

Robertson compiled a 9-13 record and 4.76 ERA (177.2IP/94ER) in 30 starts for the Tigers in 2007. He finished third on the club's staff with nine wins and 119 strikeouts last season.

"Nate has been a quality starter during his time with the Tigers," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "We are excited to sign Nate to a long-term contract and we look forward to him being part of our rotation for years to come."

Acquired by the Tigers from the Florida Marlins in a five-player deal on January 11, 2003, Robertson has posted a 42-54 record and 4.53 ERA (824.1IP/415ER) in 136 outings (134 starts) with the Tigers. He has averaged 6.18 strikeouts per nine innings during his time with the Tigers, eighth-best among all pitchers in franchise history with at least 800.0 innings pitched.

Robertson's 134 games started are 10th-most among all lefthanded pitchers in Tigers history. He is 15th among all American League pitchers with the 134 games started since the start of the 2003 season.

With Robertson agreeing to terms on a three-year contract, the Tigers now have four starting pitchers signed or under control through the 2010 season (Jeremy Bonderman, Robertson, Justin Verlander and Dontrelle Willis).


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01/17/2008 4:25 PM ET
Tigers agree to terms with Marcus Thames

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Marcus Thames, thus avoiding arbitration.

Thames saw action in 86 games with the Tigers in 2007, batting .242 (65-for-269) with 15 doubles, 18 home runs and 54 RBI. He hit .315 (23-for-73) with runners in scoring position last season.

In four seasons with the Tigers, Thames is hitting .244 (217-for-889) with 49 doubles, 61 home runs and 163 RBI in 295 games. Over the four-year period, he is averaging a home run once every 14.57 at-bats.


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01/18/2008 2:07 PM ET
Tigers agree to terms with Miguel Cabrera and Bobby Seay

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with both left-handed pitcher Bobby Seay and third baseman Miguel Cabrera, thus avoiding arbitration with both players.

Seay posted a 3-0 record and 2.33 ERA (46.1IP/12ER) in 58 outings for the Tigers last season. He established career highs with 58 appearances, 46.1 innings pitched and 38 strikeouts. Seay allowed 14.3 percent of inherited runners (6x42) to score, third-best among American League relievers.

In 134 appearances at the Major League level, Seay has posted a 4-1 record and 3.97 ERA (118.0IP/52ER).

Cabrera hit .320 (188x588) with 91 runs scored, 38 doubles, two triples, 34 home runs and 119 RBI in 157 games for the Florida Marlins in 2007. He tied for third in the National League with 119 RBI, while he tied for fifth with 34 home runs and tied for eighth with a .320 batting average.

In five seasons at the Major League level with the Marlins, Cabrera compiled a .313 batting average (842x2694), 138 home runs and 523 RBI in 720 games. During that stretch, he finished third in the National League with 523 RBI, sixth with a .313 batting average and ninth with 138 home runs.


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01/22/2008 3:12 PM ET
Tigers invite 21 players to Major League camp

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has invited the following 21 players to Major League camp:

Pitchers:
Francis Beltran
Freddy Dolsi
Jeff Gerbe
Chris Lambert
Preston Larrison
Aquilino Lopez
Matt Mantei

Catchers:
Joe Bowen
Dusty Ryan
Dane Sardinha
James Skelton
Max. St. Pierre
Nick Trzesniak

Infielders:
Michael Hollimon
Jeff Larish
Scott Sizemore
Danny Worth

Outfielders:
Matt Joyce
Timo Perez
Wilkin Ramirez
Clete Thomas

Additionally, the following staff members will be in uniform at Major League camp this spring: Glenn Adams, Kevin Bradshaw, Tom Brookens, Ray Burris, Leon "Bull" Durham, Glenn Ezell, Toby Harrah, Jon Matlack, Larry Parrish, Brian Peterson, Scott Pickens, Mike Rojas, Gene Roof, A.J. Sager and Bruce Tanner. Both Willie Horton and Al Kaline will be in uniform this spring, while Lou Whitaker will return for the fifth straight year as a spring training instructor. Victor Trasoff-Jilg, Matt Rankin and Chris McDonald will assist the Major League training staff this spring, while Chris Walter will once again work with the Tigers strength and conditioning coordinator Javair Gillett.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Lakeland on Feb. 14, with the first work-out on Feb. 15. The balance of the squad will report on Feb. 19 and the first full-squad work-out will be held on Feb. 20.


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01/31/2008 4:05 PM ET
Mini season ticket plans are still on sale
27- and 41-game plans are available

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers on Thursday clarified that partial season ticket plans are being actively sold by the club. The partial season plans include both 27-game and 41-game options. However, these packages do not include Opening Day tickets or the option to purchase any post-season games that could be played at Comerica Park in 2008.

The Tigers announced on Monday that they have temporarily halted the sale of full-season, 81-game ticket plans due to demand. The sale of full-season plans had reached a point that Opening Day or post-season options could not be guaranteed. Fans interested in purchasing full-season plans have been placed on a waiting list. Current full-season ticket holders have until February 18 to renew their plans for 2008. Should some customers choose not to renew for 2008, fans on the waiting list would be contacted about purchasing those seats on a full-season basis.

The sale of individual game tickets will begin on Saturday, March 1. The Tigers will open the 2008 season at home on Monday, March 31, playing host to the Kansas City Royals at 1:05 p.m.


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02/04/2008 1:19 PM ET
Tigers agree to terms on five-year contract with Curtis Granderson

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms on a five-year contract, with a club option for the 2013 season, with outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Granderson hit .302 (185-for-612) with 122 runs scored, 38 doubles, 23 triples, 23 home runs, 74 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 158 games for the Tigers in 2007. He led the American League with 23 triples, while he finished third with 122 runs scored and 84 extra-base hits, fourth with 338 total bases and sixth with a .552 slugging percentage.

"We are excited to have Curtis signed to a long-term contract with the Tigers organization," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "Curtis is one of the best young players in the game and a quality individual that represents the Tigers well both on and off the field."

He became just the second player in major league history to collect at least 30 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single season, joining Wildfire Schulte (1911). Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins accomplished the feat in 2007 as well to become the third player in major league history.

Granderson leads all American League players with 32 triples since the beginning of the 2006 season, while he is sixth with 212 runs scored and seventh with 599 total bases during the two-year stretch.

In 373 games during his major league career with the Tigers, Granderson is hitting .280 (390-for-1395) with 232 runs scored, 76 doubles, 36 triples, 50 home runs and 162 RBI.


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02/18/2008 5:13 PM ET
Tigers release 2008 promotional schedule
Ordoñez mini-bats, Verlander no-hitter DVDs, Polanco replica gold gloves, Granderson and Cabrera bobbleheads highlight list

• Detroit Tigers 2008 promotional schedule

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers on Monday released the club's 2008 promotional schedule, which features a mix of new items highlighting historic player achievements and a number of fan favorites that have become a part of the Comerica Park experience.

Highlights of the schedule include:

Magglio Ordoñez American League Batting Title Mini-Bats
Monday, April 14 against the Twins at 7:05 p.m.
The first 10,000 fans will receive a Mini-Bat, which is sponsored by Little Caesars, to recognize Ordoñez winning the 2007 batting title with a .363 batting average. Ordoñez was the ninth Tigers player to win the American League batting title and the first since Norm Cash in 1961.

Justin Verlander No-Hitter DVDs
Tuesday, April 15 against the Twins at 7:05 p.m.
The first 10,000 fans entering Comerica Park will take home a DVD of Justin Verlander's no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 12, 2007. Sponsored by Chevrolet, the DVD will feature the actual FSN Detroit game telecast called by Mario Impemba and Rod Allen.

Curtis Granderson Bobbleheads
Tuesday, May 20 against the Mariners at 7:05 p.m.
Esurance will provide Curtis Granderson Bobbleheads for the first 10,000 fans at the ballpark for the opener of a three-game series against Seattle.

Placido Polanco Replica Gold Gloves
Sunday, May 25 against the Twins at 1:05 p.m.
The first 7,500 kids 14-and-under will be given a replica Placido Polanco glove to recognize his receiving the 2007 Rawlings Gold Glove Award at second base. The gloves will be sponsored by Ball Park Franks and Spartan Stores.

1968 World Champions Replica Road Jerseys
Tuesday, June 24 against the Cardinals at 7:05.
As part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the club's 1968 World Championship, FSN Detroit and the Detroit Medical Center will join forces to give the first 10,000 fans a replica of the team's road jerseys from that season.

Miguel Cabrera Bobbleheads
Wednesday, September 3 against the Angels at 7:05.
The first 10,000 fans in Comerica Park will receive a Miguel Cabrera Bobblehead.

Detroit favorites returning to the schedule in 2008 include the annual Negro Leagues Weekend Celebration, sponsored by Comerica Bank and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, from July 25-26 against the Chicago White Sox, ¡Fiesta Tigres! on August 9 against the Oakland Athletics and Fan Appreciation Weekend, sponsored by Comerica Bank, from September 26-28 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Friday Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, are scheduled from May 9 through September 26, and Saturday Fireworks, sponsored by Verizon Wireless, are slated from May 24 through September 27, excluding June 7 and 14, and July 12, due to nationally televised games. Every Sunday of the season will again feature Kids Take the Field, sponsored by Big Boy, and Kids Run the Bases, presented by Pepsi. All field events are scheduled as weather permitting.

Both 27 and 41-game mini-season ticket packages are on sale now. For information about Tigers season tickets, call (313) 471-BALL (2255). Individual game tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 1 at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at www.tigers.com, over the telephone by calling (866) 66-TIGER (84437), or at select Detroit-area Meijer stores.

Check www.tigers.com for updates and additions throughout the season.


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03/12/2008 10:29 PM ET
Tigers trim 12 players from Major League camp

TIGERS TRIM TWELVE PLAYERS FROM MAJOR LEAGUE CAMP DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has optioned the contracts of right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga and left-handed pitcher Macay McBride to Triple-A Toledo and right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello to Single-A Lakeland. Additionally, the club assigned right-handed pitcher Jeff Gerbe, catchers Joe Bowen, Dusty Ryan and James Skelton, infielders Jeff Larish and Danny Worth and outfielders Matt Joyce, Wilkin Ramirez and Clete Thomas to Minor League camp.

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05/07/2008 1:33 PM ET
Tigers open seven-game homestand on Monday
Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees visit Comerica Park

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers open a seven-game homestand on Monday, May 5 with their second meeting of the season against the Boston Red Sox. The four-game series against Boston is followed by a three-game set with the New York Yankees as the home schedule enters the second month of the 2008 season.

Game times against the Red Sox will be 7:05 p.m. Monday, May 5 through Thursday, May 8. The Yankees visit from Friday through Sunday, May 9-11. Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday's game is set for 3:45 p.m. The series and homestand concludes Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start.

Following the homestand, the Tigers travel to Kansas City for three games against the Royals from May 13-15 and then head to Arizona for three interleague games against the Diamondbacks from May 16-18.

Tickets Still Available For May Home Games

Tickets are still available for home games in the month of May against the Red Sox and for the Yankees on Sunday May 11. The Seattle Mariners will visit Comerica Park on May 20-22 and the Minnesota Twins from May 23-25.

Tickets are available at the Comerica Park box office, online at www.tigers.com/tickets, over the telephone by calling (866) 66-TIGER (84437), at 32 Detroit-area Meijer stores and at Hockeytown Authentics, 1845 E. Big Beaver Road, in Troy.

Homestand Promotions

Monday, May 5: The Detroit Tigers "Pennies for Paws" campaign will party with Diego from "Go Diego Go" in the Brushfire Grill from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Kids can get their picture taken with Diego with a donation to "Pennies for Paws." The Detroit Tigers, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Association, have a season-long campaign to support the Save the Tigers/Pennies for Paws campaign. Fans are encouraged to make donations at the Tiger Bank located on the Comerica Park concourse.

Monday, May 5: Prior to the 7:05 p.m. scheduled start against the Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers will kick off their All-Star balloting during an on-field ceremony. The All-Star balloting will run from May 5 through June 24. Ballot boxes are located throughout the park and guests can also vote online at www.tigers.com.

Friday, May 9: Weather permitting, the season's first Friday Fireworks, sponsored by Pepsi, will be featured following the first game of a three-game series against the Yankees.

Saturday, May 10: Prior to Saturday's 3:45 p.m. game against the Yankees, Detroit Tigers legend and 1968 World Series Champion Willie Horton will be signing copies of his book, "The People's Champion" from 2:15-3:45 p.m. at Gate A.

Sunday, May 11: Sunday afternoon's contest also marks the third weekend of Kids Day at Comerica Park. Kids Day features free rides on the carousel or Ferris Wheel for kids age 14-and-under, face painters stationed near Gate A and Kids Run the Bases following the game (weather permitting), courtesy of Pepsi. Big Boy will sponsor Kids Take the Field pre-game, where lucky children will take the field prior to the Tigers before the start of the game. Additionally, kids will also have the chance to win one of four Little Tikes Mini-Hummers, which will be given away on the field during in-game breaks on Sunday. Registration will take place at Section 126 A for an opportunity to be part of the giveaway.

Community Corner

Wednesday, May 7: Marks the start of the Carlos' Compan?eros program for Tigers infielder Carlos Guillen. At every Wednesday home game for the rest of the season, Carlos Guillen will invite 20 fans to Comerica Park to watch batting practice on the field and provide tickets for the game to follow.

Wednesday, May 7: As part of the "Play Baseball Detroit" program, Tigers outfielder Marcus Thames, along with members of the front office, will visit Plymouth Educational Center students from 11-12 p.m. The event will promote physical activity and encourage students to join a Detroit area summer baseball or softball program. Woody Woodriffe of WJBK FOX 2 will Emcee the event.

Friday, May 9: As part of the "Play Baseball Detroit" program, Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis, along with members of the front office, will visit Earhart Middle School students from 1:20-2:15 p.m. The event will be filled with games, music, videos and more, all dedicated to reintroducing baseball to the students. Dr. Darius of FM 98 WJLB will Emcee the event.

Sunday, May 11: On Mother's Day, Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers will partner with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure against breast cancer. Players, coaches and umpires will wear pink wristbands and decals during the game. Additionally, pink bats will be used by select players during the game and will be auctioned through MLB to raise money for the national fundraising program. The goal of the campaign is to increase breast cancer awareness and to promote early detection.


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05/07/2008 1:29 PM ET
Former Tigers legend to be honored for charity work

DETROIT -- The Michigan Chronicle has named Detroit Tigers legend Willie Horton its 2008 "Man of Excellence" recipient. The award, selected by the Chronicle's readership, is given to a positive role model in the city of Detroit. As the distinguished "Man of Excellence" beneficiary, the Chronicle will honor Horton for his contributions and accomplishments on and off the field during an invitation-only reception on Friday, May 2 from 6-8 p.m. at The Colony Club.

The event will recognize Horton, Special Assistant to Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski, for his self awareness, high standards and strong ethics. He will also be acknowledged for being a father, husband, son, philanthropist, and an entrepreneur.

To complement the reception, the Chronicle will highlight Horton, a 1968 World Series Champion, in a special commemorative section in the newspaper showcasing his contributions to the region, the community and to the business world. The Colony Club is located at 2310 Park Avenue at the intersection of Park and Montcalm in downtown Detroit, behind Hockeytown Cafe and the Fox Theatre parking garage. For more information about the event, log onto www.michronicleonline.com.


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05/07/2008 1:25 PM ET
Tigers announce tryout camp on June 16

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced a tryout camp to be held at Fifth Third Ballpark, the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, on Monday, June 16.

Registration for the camp begins at 8:00 a.m., with the work out starting at 9:00 a.m. The tryout camp is for players age 16-25 and no pre-registration or participation fee is necessary. Those interested in trying out must provide their own glove and work out equipment. Wood bats, helmets and baseballs will be provided by the Tigers.


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05/14/2008 12:55 PM ET
Fantasy batting practice at Comerica Park available for the ultimate Father's Day gift

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are offering the ultimate Father's Day present-a priceless opportunity to hit off of former Tigers pitcher and 1984 World Series Champion Dave Rozema.

The Tigers are gearing up for their annual Fantasy Batting Practice at Comerica Park where fans can enjoy the atmosphere and excitement of playing baseball in a major league ballpark. Campers will swing for the fences against Rozema, shag fly balls, field grounders, play catch, hit in the batting cage and sit in the dugout. All campers will receive an official certificate of participation. Available dates for the camp include:



  • Friday, June 20, 7:30-11pm $249 *Under the lights and includes visitors
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  • Saturday, June 21, 9am-12:30pm
  • Saturday, June 21, 1-4:30pm
  • Sunday, June 22, 9am-12:30pm
  • Sunday, June 22, 1-4:30pm

Jerry Lewis, Detroit Tigers Director of Fantasy Camps, said the batting practice would make a great Father's Day gift for dads to relive their childhood baseball fantasies.

"To hit off a former Tigers pitcher is the ultimate fantasy experience, especially under the lights in a major league ballpark," Lewis said.

Fantasy Batting Practice starts as low as $199 per person. Batting practice on Friday, June 20, which is under the lights and includes a tour of the visitor's clubhouse, will cost $249.

Participants must be 15 years of age or older. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Register now for your chance to play on the field at Comerica Park. Play with your friends or bring your family to watch from the stands.

Space is limited. Register today and give your special loved one an amazing Father's Day present. Call 313-471-2550 or visit tigers.com for more information.


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05/19/2008 1:17 PM ET
IndyCar series drivers Oriol Servia, Will Power to participate in 'Grand Prix Night' with the Detroit Tigers

DETROIT -- Just days before competing in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," two of the brightest stars in open-wheel racing will visit the Motor City to celebrate Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Night at Comerica Park with the Detroit Tigers baseball club. Oriol Servia and Will Power of the KV Racing Technology IndyCar Series team, will participate in the evening's festivities on Tuesday, May 20 as the Tigers play host to the Seattle Mariners in a 7:05 p.m. contest. Both Servia and Power will be in town to promote the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix - August 29-31, 2008 - just a few days before competing in the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25.

Servia and Power will sign autographs for fans at Comerica Park prior to the game. In addition, both drivers will be introduced to the crowd on the field in pre-game ceremonies before Power throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Both Servia and Power will be available for media interviews before staying to enjoy some Tiger baseball that evening. Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix show cars will be on display during the game and fans will have the opportunity to win free tickets to the Grand Prix throughout the evening.

While Servia is new to the IndyCar Series, he's certainly not a rookie when it comes to racing at Belle Isle. The 33-year-old native of Catalonia has raced twice at Belle Isle Park, in the Champ Car Series, with a top finish of third in the 2000 Detroit Grand Prix.

"I have some very good memories about the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix because it was my first podium finish in Champ Cars back in 2000," said Servia, who qualified 25th for Sunday's Indy 500. "I remember it was a very good place to race and that the track is very challenging. Overall, I have a lot of good memories from Detroit and I hope to be able to add to them by making the podium again or even doing better this year."

Power, the 2006 Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year, will be making his first start on the 2.1-mile Belle Isle street circuit later this summer. The 27-year-old Australian driver is an accomplished road racer that's recorded three career open-wheel victories including an impressive win in April at the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Tigers game," said Power, who will start 23rd Sunday in his first Indy 500. "Being an Australian I have played cricket so I can throw a ball, but doing it in front of so many people is going to be more nerveracking than driving my race car. I don't mind everyone having a good laugh when I throw the first pitch, but I really don't want to completely embarrass myself, so I have been practicing a bit behind the hospitality unit at the track in Indy throwing a ball against a brick wall."

Fans interested in attending Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Night at Comerica Park on May 20 should visit www.detroittigers.com to purchase tickets or call (866) 66-TIGER.

About the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is organized and promoted by a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, whose chairman is Roger Penske. A special charitable organization has been established that enables all net proceeds raised by the Grand Prix to fund measures for the improvement and preservation of Belle Isle. Once again featuring the IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series - along with the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship, new for 2008 - the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be held Labor Day weekend, August 29-31, 2008. To learn more about the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, please visit www.detroitgp.com.


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05/19/2008 12:56 PM ET
Tigers open six-game homestand on Tuesday
Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins visit Comerica Park

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers open a six-game homestand on Tuesday, May 20 with their first meeting of the season against the Seattle Mariners. The three-game series against Seattle is followed by a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins.

Game times against the Mariners will be 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 21. Thursday's first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. The Twins visit from Friday through Sunday, May 23-25. First pitch Friday and Saturday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The series and homestand concludes Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start.

Following the homestand, the Tigers travel to Los Angeles for three games against the Angels from May 26-28 and then head to Seattle for three games against the Mariners from May 30-June 1. The road trip concludes with three games at Oakland from June 2-4.

Tickets Still Available For May and June Home Games

Tickets are still available for home games in the month of May against the Mariners and Twins. Tickets are also available for all upcoming home games in June. The Cleveland Indians will visit Comerica Park from June 6-9, followed by the Chicago White Sox from June 10-12, and the Los Angeles Dodgers from June 13-15.

Tickets are available at the Comerica Park box office, online at www.tigers.com/tickets, over the telephone by calling (866) 66-TIGER (84437), at 32 Detroit-area Meijer stores and at Hockeytown Authentics, 1845 E. Big Beaver Road, in Troy.

Homestand Promotions

GRAND PRIX NIGHT

IndyCar Series drivers Will Power and Oriol Servia, who will be racing in the Indianapolis 500 and at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Labor Day weekend, will be at Comerica Park Tuesday, May 20 prior to the Tigers 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch against the Mariners. Will Power will throw the ceremonial first pitch, while both drivers will sign autographs before the game. Additionally, Grand Prix race cars and show cars will be on display at Gate A and at the Big Cat Court at Comerica Park.

COUNTRY NIGHT, TIGERS YOUTH CAP

The middle game of the three-game set against the Mariners will be Country Night. Country music will be played exclusively throughout the ballpark during pre-game festivities and for the in-game entertainment. Various in-game scoreboard features will have a Country theme and Country prizes will be distributed throughout the game. WYCD will broadcast live from the Brushfire Grill from 3-7 p.m.

Also prior to the game, the first 7,500 kids age 14-and-under in attendance will receive a free Tigers Youth Cap, courtesy of Comerica Bank.

On Tuesday, May 20
, a free Curtis Granderson Bobblehead, courtesy of Esurance, will be given to the first 10,000 fans in attendance prior to the Tigers 7:05 p.m. game against the Mariners.

On Thursday, May 22, a free Tigers Floppy Hat, courtesy of National Coney Island, will be given to the first 10,000 fans in attendance for the Tigers 1:05 p.m. game against the Mariners.

On Sunday, May 25, a free Placido Polanco Replica Gold Glove, courtesy of Ball Park Franks/Spartan Stores will be given to the first 7,500 kids age 14-and-under prior to the Tigers homestand finale against the Twins.

Friday, May 23 Weather permitting, the Minnesota series will feature Friday Fireworks, sponsored by Pepsi, after the first game. Verizon Wireless will sponsor Saturday Fireworks after the second game of the three-game set.

Friday, May 23
The Detroit Tigers Foundation's grab bag and clubhouse collectible sale program sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company and Potbelly Sandwich Works will be offered at every Friday night Tigers home game for the rest of the season. Every grab bag will feature an autographed baseball as well as the chance to win great gifts from Starbucks and Potbelly. The clubhouse collectible sale will feature a wide variety of items such as batting practice and spring training worn and used items, along with media guides, programs and lamp post banners. The grab bag/clubhouse sale tables are located on the main concourse behind the wheelchair ramp at section 119.

Saturday, May 24
Prior to Saturday's 7:05 p.m. game against the Twins, the Detroit Tigers will host their final On-Field Baseball Clinic of the season, courtesy of Reebok. Guests can go down to the field and get baseball tips from Tigers players and coaches as they demonstrate techniques and discuss the basics of the game as they move from five designated stations. Gates to Comerica Park open at 5 p.m. to allow fans access to the playing field. The clinic will take place from 5-6 p.m.

Sunday, May 25
Sonny Eliot, radio host on WWJ AM 950, will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Tigers homestand finale against the Twins. During World War II, Eliot was a B-24 bomber pilot and currently holds the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was named Air Force Liaison Officer for the 1st Congressional District. Eliot is best known for his fast-paced, humorous weathercasts and as the author of his book titled Eliot's Ark. He also writes book reviews for the Detroit Free Press and can be heard Monday through Friday at 4:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.

Sunday, May 25 Sunday afternoon's contest also marks the fourth weekend of Kids Day at Comerica Park. Kids Day features free rides on the carousel or Ferris Wheel for kids age 14-and-under, face painters stationed near Gate A and Kids Run the Bases following the game (weather permitting), courtesy of Pepsi. Big Boy will sponsor Kids Take the Field pre-game, where lucky children will take the field prior to the Tigers before the start of the game. Additionally, kids will also have the chance to win one of four Little Tikes Mini-Hummers, which will be given away on the field during in-game breaks on Sunday. Registration will take place at Section 119 for an opportunity to be part of the giveaway.

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Wednesday, May 21
Marks the second week of the Carlos' Compan?eros program for Tigers infielder Carlos Guillen. At every Wednesday home game for the rest of the season, Carlos Guillen will invite 20 fans to Comerica Park to watch batting practice on the field and provide tickets for the game to follow.

Wednesday, May 21
Detroit Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson, in partnership with the Detroit Free Press and their "Newspapers in Education" program will visit students at Eisenhower Elementary School in Southfield, where he will read "Casey at the Bat" from 1-2 p.m.

Friday, May 23 Tigers pitcher Todd Jones will visit patients at the Detroit Veterans Affairs Hospital in honor of Memorial Day. Jones will visit various rooms to speak with veterans and thank them for their service to our country.

Saturday, May 24
To support the Tigers "Gloves for Kids" program, infielder Ramon Santiago and outfielder Ryan Raburn will sign autographs at ABC Warehouse in Southfield from 12:30-1:30 p.m. In exchange for an autograph, fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used baseball and softball equipment or a minimum of $20 to help support the Eagle Sports Club of Detroit.

Sunday, May 25
Prior to the Tigers 1:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch against the Twins, the Detroit Tigers Foundation will present 11 grants to ten organizations during an on-field, pre-game ceremony. Through the grants, the Detroit Tigers Foundation established the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, a three-day youth baseball and softball tournament for 500 children ages 6-19, as well as the Tiny Tigers, a summer t-ball program for 400 children in Detroit. Additionally, the grants will allow more than 350 children the opportunity to compete in a baseball skills competition at Comerica Park, while baseball and softball programs will be enhanced and/or fields improved in the cities of Detroit, Flint, Harper Woods, Novi, Royal Oak and Taylor. Finally, through a grant, over 90,000 Michigan area students will receive a "Character of Champions" baseball poster and educational supplement.

Saturday, May 31 Detroit Tigers' wives will partner with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure's annual 5k run/walk to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Tigers' wives have formed a walking team to participate in the walk and will meet and greet with survivors and other walkers prior to the race. The walk will start and end at Comerica Park. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 7 a.m., while the walk will start at 9 a.m.

Saturday, May 31
The Miracle League of Michigan will kickoff its Opening Day ceremonies by presenting an award to the Detroit Tigers Foundation for its support of The Miracle League through the "Autographs for a Cause" program. Since 2006, Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman has partnered with the "Autographs for a Cause" program and signs baseball cards and photographs through the mail in exchange for a donation to the Detroit Tigers Foundation. All funds collected through the program are donated to The Miracle League of Michigan, a charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play organized baseball. Jordan Field, Director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation will accept the award at the ceremony beginning at 11a.m. The Miracle League will also be presenting an award to Jeremy Bonderman for his support of the organization through the "Autographs for a Cause" program (Jeremy cannot attend as he will be with the team in Seattle May 31). The Miracle Field is located in Southfield at 26000 Evergreen Road, just south of 11 Mile Road.


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05/25/2008 12:38 PM ET
Detroit Tigers to award ten organizations more than $160,000

DETROIT -- Prior to the Detroit Tigers 1:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, the Detroit Tigers Foundation will present 11 grants to 10 organizations totaling more than $160,000 during an on-field, pre-game ceremony.

Two of the 11 grants to be awarded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation will establish the following new initiatives: 1) Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, a three-day youth baseball and softball tournament for 500 children ages 6-19, and 2) Tiny Tigers, a summer t-ball program for 400 children in Detroit.

Additionally, the grants will allow more than 350 children the opportunity to compete in a baseball skills competition at Comerica Park, while baseball and softball programs will be enhanced and/or fields improved in the cities of Detroit, Flint, Harper Woods, Novi, Royal Oak and Taylor.

Finally, over 90,000 Michigan area students will receive a "Character of Champions" baseball poster and educational supplement to stress the importance of building character on and off the playing field.

"The Detroit Tigers organization believes in the need to invest in our community's future," said director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, Jordan Field. "We are honored to support such great organizations and are pleased that together we will enhance lives through the game of baseball."

The Detroit Tigers Foundation was established in 2005 to enhance lives through the game of baseball. With a focus on youth, education and recreation, the Foundation aids and develops initiatives that help promote the game of baseball.

The list of recipients includes:

Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan (Detroit): $26,000
City of Harper Woods Baseball Field Improvements (Harper Woods): $22,800
Don Bosco Hall (Detroit): $10,000
Eagle Sports Club #1 (Detroit): $20,000
Eagle Sports Club #2 (Detroit): $15,000 (Challenge Grant)
Flint Coalition for Youth (Flint): $5,500
Franklin Road Christian School (Novi): $10,000
Judson Center (Royal Oak): $4,745
Michigan K.I.D.S., Inc. (Detroit): $7,500
Taylor South Little League (Taylor): $20,000 (Challenge Grant)
Youth Development Commission (Detroit): $20,800

The Detroit Tigers Foundation accepts formal grant requests each year between September 1 and December 20. For additional information on the grant application process please visit the Foundation's homepage on MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball.
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06/03/2008 4:17 PM ET
Tigers purchase contract of Casey Fossum from Triple-A Toledo

The Tigers today announced the club has purchased the contract of lefthanded pitcher Casey Fossum from Triple A-Toledo and designated the contract of righthanded pitcher Francisco Cruceta for assignment.

Fossum appeared in 11 games (four starts) with Toledo, posting a 3-0 record, 1.96 ERA (46.0IP/10ER) and 48 strikeouts.

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06/03/2008 11:23 AM ET
Detroit Tigers, Curtis Granderson, and Detroit Free Press promote literacy, character, and mentoring
Curtis Granderson and Tigers mascot Paws to visit Spain Elementary School on June 9th to read to recognize the VIP Mentoring program

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Free Press have launched the fourth year of a literacy partnership with The Character of Champions Covering All the Bases program. The program makes an in-school appearance at Spain Elementary School at 3700 Beaubien Street in Detroit on Monday, June 9, between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Approximately 260 third- through fifth-grade students from Spain Elementary, Gompers Elementary, and Fleming Elementary will participate. The event will feature Detroit Tigers player Curtis Granderson, the mascot Paws, Detroit Tigers front office staff, and Detroit Free Press Newspapers In Education personnel reading and discussing positive character traits with students. Students and their mentors from Detroit-based nonprofit VIP Mentoring, which conducts mentoring programs at the Spain, Fleming, and Gompers schools, will also be recognized.

The Character of Champions program was created by Detroit Free Press Newspapers In Education Michigan K.I.D.S., in partnership with the Detroit Tigers, for metro-Detroit and Michigan elementary students. This year's program includes educational lessons on developing positive character traits including integrity, honesty, and discipline. The program's first event this year was in Southfield in May, and two additional in-school appearances will take place in the fall.

"This program creates an opportunity for students to learn about developing positive character traits and qualities while also practicing their reading skills," said Detroit Tigers Manager of Player Relations, Youth, and Sports Programs Sam Abrams. "At this event, we are also able to recognize and celebrate the great strides being made by students and mentors from the VIP Mentoring program held at the Spain, Fleming, and Gompers schools."

The Character of Champions program includes the distribution of a comprehensive, educational supplement for students and classroom posters to schools in metro-Detroit and across the state. Personal and professional stories and activities about character development with special features from Curtis Granderson, his teammates Nate Robertson and Placido Polanco, and Tigers President, CEO, and General Manager David Dombrowski are included.

Program sponsors are the Detroit Tigers Foundation, Detroit Medical Center, The Skillman Foundation, Michigan Orthopedic Services, and UPS. Sponsors make it possible for materials to be provided free of charge to schools in metro-Detroit and across Michigan. Since the program's inception in 2005, Detroit Free Press Newspapers In Education has delivered over 381,370 student materials to schools in 75 Michigan counties.

Detroit Media Partnership's Newspapers In Education's Michigan K.I.D.S. is a literacy nonprofit supporting the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. The nonprofit is dedicated to strengthening literacy and education by providing educators with classroom newspapers, quality instructional materials, and training that will enrich the curriculum and assist in teaching reading, writing, and thinking skills through the use of newspapers.

The Detroit Tigers organization is proud of its long-standing tradition of supporting a wide variety of community and charitable organizations and their activities. Every year the Tigers organization focuses its community and charitable giving in the areas of youth, education, and recreation, and strives to improve the quality of life through the game of baseball.


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06/05/2008 9:30 PM ET
Tigers select six players on first day of 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft

DETROIT --- The Detroit Tigers today announced the selection of six players during the first day of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will continue on Friday, June 6.

The list of the players selected today follows:

Round 1: Ryan Perry, RHP, 6-4, 200, R/R, 21, University of Arizona
Round 2: Cody Satterwhite, RHP, 6-4, 205, R/R, 21, University of Mississippi
Round 3: Scott Green, RHP, 6-7, 240, R/R, 22, University of Kentucky
Round 4: Brett Jacobso, RHP, 6-6, 205, R/R, 21, Vanderbilt University
Round 5: Alex Avila, C, 5-11, 210, L/R, 21, University of Alabama
Round 6: Tyler Stohr, RHP, 6-2, 210, L/R, 21, University of North Florida


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06/05/2008 5:03 PM ET
Tigers select righthanded pitcher Ryan Perry
Arizona pitcher is Detroit's top pick in First-Year Player Draft

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today selected righthanded pitcher Ryan Perry from the University of Arizona with their first pick (21st overall) in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It marked the fifth time in the last six years the Tigers selected a pitcher in the first round of the draft.

Perry has appeared in 29 games (six starts) with Arizona in 2008, compiling a 6-3 record, 3.07 ERA (70.1IP/24ER), one save and 69 strikeouts. He has limited the opposition to a .218 batting average (57-261) this season.

"The Tigers organization is pleased to select Ryan Perry today," Tigers Vice President, Amateur Scouting David Chadd said. "We look forward to adding a pitcher of Ryan's caliber and potential to our system."

A 6-4, 200-pound righthander, Perry earned all-star honors with Orleans in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2007. He posted a 1-2 record, 4.15 ERA (21.2IP/10ER) and 30 strikeouts in 18 appearances. Perry was tabbed the ninth-best prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America.


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06/05/2008 4:38 PM ET
Tigers open 10-game homestand on Friday
Los Angeles Dodgers visit Comerica Park for the first time since 2003

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers open a 10-game homestand on Friday, June 6 when the Cleveland Indians make their first regular season visit to Comerica Park. The four-game series against Cleveland is followed by a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox. The 10-game homestand will also feature interleague play as the Los Angeles Dodgers visit Comerica Park for a three-game series.

Game times against the Indians will be 7:05 p.m. Friday, June 6, and 3:55 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Sunday's first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m., and the series finale is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start on Monday, June 9. The White Sox visit from Tuesday through Thursday, June 10-12. First pitch Tuesday and Wednesday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The series concludes Thursday with a 1:05 p.m. start. The Dodgers visit from Friday through Sunday, June 13-15. Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., and Saturday's game is set for 3:55 p.m. The series and homestand concludes Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start.

VETERANS AND MILITARY RECOGNITION NIGHT

On Tuesday, June 10, the Detroit Tigers, along with the Selfridge Air National Guard Base, will honor members of the United States active military during an on-field, pre-game ceremony as part of Veterans and Military night at Comerica Park. Additionally, 10,000 packs of baseball cards, courtesy of the Disabled American Veterans, will be distributed to fans during the game.

As the 79th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game approaches, a free "Vote Tigers" T-shirt, courtesy of Fantastic Sam's, will be given to the first 10,000 fans in attendance prior to the Tigers 7:05 p.m. game against the Indians.

70's NIGHT

The middle game of the three-game set against the White Sox will be 70's Night. 70's music will be played exclusively throughout the ballpark during pre-game festivities and for the in-game entertainment. Various in-game scoreboard features will have a 70's theme and 70's prizes will be distributed throughout the game. As part of 70's night, WCSX will broadcast live from the Brushfire Grill from 3-7 p.m.

A free Tigers Retro 70's T-shirt, courtesy of Belle Tire, will also be given to the first 7,500 fans in attendance prior to the Tigers 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch against the White Sox.

ADDITIONAL PROMOTIONS


Friday, June 6: Weather permitting, the Cleveland series will feature Friday Fireworks, sponsored by Pepsi, after the first game.

Friday, June 6: The Detroit Tigers Foundation's grab bag and clubhouse collectible sale program sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company and Potbelly Sandwich Works will be offered at every Friday night Tigers home game for the rest of the season. Every grab bag will feature an autographed baseball as well as the chance to win great gifts from Starbucks and Potbelly. The clubhouse collectible sale will feature a wide variety of items such as batting practice and spring training worn and used items, along with media guides, programs and lamp post banners. The grab bag/clubhouse sale tables are located on the main concourse behind the wheelchair ramp at section 119.

Friday, June 6: Marks the debut of the Detroit Tigers Foundation's 50/50 raffle program, which will be offered at every Friday night Tigers home game for the rest of the season. The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with local charities that will share in the proceeds of the raffle. On this date, the partner charity will be the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Tickets will be sold throughout the 100 level concourse and at the 50/50 raffle table behind section 119 from when the gates open to the last out of the second inning. All tickets are three-for-$5 and the winning raffle ticket will be announced after the sixth inning. A raffle hotline (313-471-2050) has also been established for fans to access the winning information at any time.

Saturday, June 7: Prior to Saturday's 3:55 p.m. game against the Indians, Detroit Tigers legend and 1968 World Series Champion Willie Horton will be signing copies of his book, "The People's Champion" from 2:15-3:45 p.m. at Gate A.

Sunday, June 8: Sunday afternoon's contest also marks the fifth weekend of Kids Day at Comerica Park. Kids Day features free rides on the carousel or Ferris Wheel for kids age 14-and-under, face painters stationed near Gate A and Kids Run the Bases following the game (weather permitting), courtesy of Pepsi. Big Boy will sponsor Kids Take the Field pre-game, where lucky children will take the field prior to the Tigers before the start of the game. Additionally, kids will also have the chance to win one of four Little Tikes Mini-Hummers, which will be given away on the field during in-game breaks on Sunday. Registration will take place at Section 119 for an opportunity to be part of the giveaway.

Wednesday, June 11: The Detroit Tigers, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, invite families with children affected by cancer to attend batting practice on the field and have the opportunity to have a Q & A session with a Tigers player or coach. The Detroit Tigers Foundation also donated 200 tickets to the ACS for the Tigers 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch against the White Sox.

Friday, June 13: The first game of the three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers will be the second Friday for the Detroit Tigers Foundation's 50/50 raffle program. The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with local charities that will share in the proceeds of the raffle, and on this date, the Detroit Tigers Foundation will partner with the Ronald McDonald House Charites of Southeast Michigan. Tickets will be sold throughout the 100 level concourse and at the 50/50 raffle table behind section 119 from when the gates open to the last out of the second inning. All tickets are three-for-$5 and the winning raffle ticket will be announced after the sixth inning. A raffle hotline (313-471-2050) has also been established for fans to access the winning information at any time. Weather permitting, the Dodgers series will feature Friday Fireworks, sponsored by Pepsi, after the first game.

Sunday, June 15: Sunday afternoon's homestand finale also marks the sixth weekend of Kids Day at Comerica Park. Kids Day features free rides on the carousel or Ferris Wheel for kids age 14-and-under, face painters stationed near Gate A and Kids Run the Bases following the game (weather permitting), courtesy of Pepsi. Big Boy will sponsor Kids Take the Field pre-game, where lucky children will take the field prior to the Tigers before the start of the game. Additionally, kids will also have the chance to win one of four Little Tikes Mini-Hummers, which will be given away on the field during in-game breaks on Sunday. Registration will take place at Section 119 for an opportunity to be part of the giveaway.

COMMUNITY CORNER

Monday, June 9: Detroit Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson, in partnership with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the Detroit Free Press, and their "Newspapers in Education" program, will visit students at Spain Elementary School in Detroit, where he will read "Casey at the Bat" from 1-2 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11: Marks the third week of the Carlos' Compan?eros program for Tigers infielder Carlos Guillen. At every Wednesday home game for the rest of the season, Carlos Guillen will invite 20 fans to Comerica Park to watch batting practice on the field and provide tickets for the game to follow.

Thursday, June 12: As part of the "Play Baseball Detroit" program, Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield, along with members of the front office, will visit Detroit Edison Public School Academy students from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The event will promote physical activity and encourage students to join a Detroit area summer baseball or softball team.

Sunday, June 15:
Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers will partner with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to raise awareness in the fight to end prostate cancer. The Tigers will host an on-field, pre-game ceremony to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the "Home Run Challenge." Current and former Tigers players and coaches will participate in the ceremony. During the game, light blue wristbands and blue ribbon decals will be worn by players, coaches and umpires. Additionally, blue ribbon temporary tattoos will be given to the first 10,000 men in attendance.

Tuesday, June 17: The Detroit Tigers Foundation, in partnership with Potbelly Sandwich Works and Aquafina, will present the 27th annual Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star game featuring the state's best graduating high school baseball players. Former Major League pitcher and Michigan native Steve Avery has been invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch in honor of his 20th anniversary of playing in the East-West game. Gates to Comerica Park open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. scheduled first pitch.


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06/06/2008 12:57 PM ET
Tigers announce roster moves

The Tigers today announced the following roster moves:

• Infielder Ramon Santiago was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a separated left shoulder.

• The Tigers recalled the injury rehab assignment of righthanded pitcher Denny Bautista from Triple A Toledo yesterday and reinstated him from the disabled list. Bautista appeared in five games with the Mud Hens, posting a 0-1 record as he fanned seven batters and allowed an unearned run in 6.1 innings. He had been sidelined since May 3 with right shoulder tendinitis.

• Outfielder Clete Thomas has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 4 with a sprained right ankle.

• Right-handed pitcher Aquilino Lopez has been placed on the bereavement list today.

• The Tigers today purchased the contract of infielder Michael Hollimon from Triple A Toledo. Hollimon was hitting .250 (46x184) with 11 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs and 21 RBI in 44 games with the Mud Hens.

• The Tigers today recalled the contract of outfielder Brent Clevlen from Triple A Toledo. Clevlen was batting .324 (69x213) with 14 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs and 55 RBI in 58 games with the Mud Hens. He departs Toledo tied for the lead in the International League with 55 RBI, while he is third with 32 extra-base hits, tied for third with 69 hits, fourth with a .620 slugging percentage, fifth with a .324 batting average and 13 home runs and tied for fifth with five triples.
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06/07/2008 12:58 PM ET
Tigers place Bonderman on 15-day disabled list

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today placed righthanded pitcher Jeremy Bonderman on the 15-day disabled list.

Bonderman was examined yesterday at the Detroit Medical Center and it was determined he has a blood clot of the axillary vein due to thoracic outlet compression syndrome. Bonderman underwent a thromblysis last night, followed by an angioplasty this morning at the Detroit Medical Center, performed by Dr. Monte Harvill under the supervision of team physician Dr. Stephen Lemos. He will undergo further examination of his condition at a later date.

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06/12/2008 1:29 PM ET
Ron Colangelo named vice president, communications

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers on Thursday named Ron Colangelo the club's new Vice President, Communications, effective on Monday, June 16. He will oversee the day-to-day operation of the club's media relations, business communications and broadcasting areas.

Colangelo has extensive experience in the sports entertainment industry, having worked with organizations in Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Hockey League. Since April of 2007, he has been Managing Director of Global Network Communications, a New York City-based strategic marketing and communications firm.

"We are fortunate to have a person with such diverse experience and expertise in the sports industry to join our organization," said David Dombrowski, President, CEO and General Manager of the Tigers. "We are very excited about welcoming Ron to the Tigers' family."

Colangelo's baseball career started in January of 1990 when he was named Director of Communications for the West Palm Beach Expos. He remained in that role until May of 1993 when he joined the Florida Panthers as a Public/Media Relations Associate.

A return to baseball came in January of 1996 when he was named Director, Baseball Information and Publicity, for the Florida Marlins. He was promoted to Vice President, Communications, and oversaw five departments for the Marlins, including media relations, broadcasting, creative services, in-game entertainment, and public and community affairs. Colangelo remained with the Marlins through February of 2002 before being named Vice President, Public Relations, for the New York Jets, a position he held until April of 2007.

Colangelo is a graduate of William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. He is also an accomplished marathon runner, having completed races in Chicago, San Diego, Boston, Los Angeles and New York City.
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