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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:42 am



04/16/2009 3:16 PM ET
Gates Brown Field dedication set for April 19
Former Tigers player honored by Crestline High School

DETROIT - Gates Brown, best known for his timely contributions for the 1968 World Series Champion Tigers and his record-setting pinch-hits, will be honored on Sunday, April 19 by Crestline (Ohio) High School when its high school baseball diamond will be named Gates Brown Field. Brown attended Crestline High School (1954-57) and played baseball, football and basketball.

A dedication banquet will take place at the St. Joseph Convocation Center in Crestline on Sunday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m. The field dedication ceremony is set for Monday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. "Gates Brown Field" will appear over the centerfield scoreboard. Former Tigers Willie Horton, Mickey Stanley, Jon Warden, Dave Bergman, Doug Gallagher, and Tom Timmerman are scheduled to attend.

"You dream about something like this, but you don't ever think it's going to happen," said Brown. "This is quite an honor."

Brothers Joe and Mike Gottfried, two Crestline natives formed a committee and worked to make the field dedication a reality. Proceeds from the April 19 banquet will also go towards the Gates Brown college scholarship fund.

Brown played 13 seasons for the Tigers and spent seven more as a coach, winning World Series rings in 1968 as a player and in 1984 as a coach. Gates is best remembered for hitting .450 as a pinch-hitter and .370 during 1968, with a .442 on-base percentage. He still holds American League pinch-hitting records for career hits (107) and home runs (16) and the major league pinch-hit mark for runs batted in (74).

Brown remains an active ambassador in the community for the Tigers. He attends most home games, greeting fans and suite guests, and continues to make community appearances talking about his path to the big leagues while encouraging Detroit's youth to play baseball.


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:46 am



04/27/2009 4:48 PM ET
Ramon Santiago visits students during rally
Tigers promote baseball with Play Baseball Detroit program

DETROIT - Ramon Santiago, PAWS and members of the Detroit Tigers front office will visit with Ronald Brown Academy students tomorrow, April 28, 2009 from 11:00-11:45 a.m. as part of the Tigers "Play Baseball Detroit" program, now in its second year. The event will be filled with games, music, videos and more - all dedicated to reintroducing the game of baseball to the students.

"The Detroit Tigers organization is extremely proud of the Play Baseball Detroit program," said Elaine Lewis, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Planning. "We are passionate about exposing youth to the game of baseball and our middle school rallies and community clinics are central to accomplishing that goal."

The event is the second of six rallies at area schools. Edwin Jackson, Placido Polanco and Curtis Granderson are scheduled to make future visits. Stops will include:

Ronald Brown Academy / Tuesday, April 28, 2009 / 11:00-11:45 a.m.
11450 East Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48224

Barbour Magnet / Friday, May 1, 2009 / 1:30-2:15 p.m.
4209 Seneca
Detroit, MI 48214

Cesar Chavez / Monday, May 4, 2009 / 1:30-2:15 p.m.
6782 Goldsmith
Detroit, MI 48209

Bates Academy / Tuesday, May 19, 2009 / 10:30-11:15 a.m.
19701 Wyoming
Detroit, MI 48221

Erma Henderson Upper School / Friday, May 22, 2009 / 10:00-10:45 a.m.
16101 W. Chicago
Detroit, MI 48228

"Play Baseball Detroit" is a comprehensive urban youth baseball outreach program dedicated to encouraging and supporting youth baseball and softball programs in the greater Detroit community. The mult-faceted program features an equipment collection, school rallies, youth clinics and a competitive tournament to encourage and develop the young athletes of our city into the baseball stars of tomorrow. The program is funded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation through the generosity of Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera.

For more information, click on the "community" tab or call (313) 471-2363.


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:48 am



04/28/2009 2:51 PM ET
Tigers recall Clay Rapada from Triple A Toledo

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has recalled the contract of lefthanded pitcher Clay Rapada from Triple A Toledo. Additionally, the club today optioned the contract of infielder Jeff Larish to Toledo.

Rapada has made eight appearances with the Mud Hens this season, posting a 6.00 ERA (6.0IP/4ER), one save and seven strikeouts. He saw action in 25 games with the Tigers in 2008, compiling a 3-0 record and 4.22 ERA (21.1IP/10ER). In 30 games at the major league level during his career, Rapada has limited lefthanded batters to a .222 batting average (10x45).

Larish has appeared in eight games with the Tigers this season, hitting .176 (3x17) with a home run.


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:53 am



04/28/2009 10:56 AM ET
All-Star Game Balloting Begins Today at Comerica Park
Vote for Your Favorite Detroit Tigers Today

Vote for your favorite Tigers players! All-Star Game balloting at Comerica Park begins today, April 28 with an on-field, pregame ceremony to launch the voting. During the ceremony Elizabeth Trevorrow from the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan will cast the first All-Star ballot.

Ballot boxes where fans can vote for Tigers on the ballot - including Miguel Cabrera, Adam Everett, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge, Gerald Laird, Magglio Ordoñez and Placido Polanco - will be stationed throughout the lower concourse until June 21. Fans may also vote online at tigers.com until July 2.

Tigers fans may also gather at Bookies Bar & Grille for a voting party, on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. Paper ballots will be provided, as well as wireless Internet access to accommodate online voting. Bookies Bar & Grille is located at 2208 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI
48201.

For more information or to vote for your favorite Tigers players, visit www.tigers.com/vote.


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:01 am



04/29/2009 10:53 AM ET
Tigers celebrate '80s night at Comerica Park Monday
Giveaways, live music, costumed characters highlight evening

Tease your hair, put on some shades and, like, totally, get pumped for '80s Night. The Detroit Tigers travel back in time to celebrate the 1980s on Monday, May 4 as they take on the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m., the first game of a two-game series.

Sponsored by Belle Tire, '80s Night will feature awesome live music, giveaways, a rad car display and costumed characters pulled directly out of the '80s to entertain fans.

The first 7,500 fans will receive a Jack Morris Replica Jersey T-Shirt, courtesy of Belle Tire, in honor of Morris' 1984 no-hitter. Other giveaways during the game include Cabbage Patch Dolls, autographed Def Leppard CDs, and concert tickets for upcoming Leonard Cohen and Pat Benatar concerts.

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with "The Delivery," an '80s cover band provided by 89X Radio, performing fan favorites behind section 121 near the Big Cat Court until 6:45 p.m. Cal Cagno of 89X will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Witherell St., fans can check out eight DeLorean vehicles, courtesy of DeLorean Motor City, and a Ferrari 208 GTS and a Testarossa, courtesy of the Ferrari Owners Club. The DeLorean vehicle is most known for its role in the "Back to the Future" trilogy while the Ferrari 208 GTS and Testarossa are modeled after vehicles from the Magnum P.I. and Miami Vice television shows, respectively.

Cowabunga, dude! Fans can interact, take pictures and play video games with two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Van, the original van from the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. These fighting reptiles from the 80s will be at Columbia Plaza from 5:30 p.m. until the bottom of the fifth inning.

If you were a fan of creatures from another galaxy - rather than mutant turtles - you won't be disappointed as 30 various Star Wars characters will be walking throughout the concourse from 5:30-8:00 p.m. and available for pictures.

For more information, visit www.tigers.com. Tickets are available 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.


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Sun May 03, 2009 5:02 pm



04/30/2009 12:06 PM ET
Tigers announce Tryout Camp on June 22

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 22.

Registration for the camp begins at 8:30 a.m., with the work out starting at 9:00 a.m. The tryout camp is for players age 16-23, or those players with previous professional baseball experience. No pre-registration or participation fee is necessary to attend the camp. 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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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Sun May 03, 2009 5:14 pm



04/30/2009 3:35 PM ET
Tigers host Central Division rivals Indians and Twins
Value Deals remain for key division matchups

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers continue their second homestand of the season on Friday, May 1 at 7:05 p.m. when they host the Cleveland Indians for the first of a three-game series. Saturday's game starts at 3:40 p.m. and Sunday's game begins at 1:05 p.m. Following the Indians, the Minnesota Twins arrive in town for a brief two-game series, Monday and Tuesday, May 4-5, with both games starting at 7:05 p.m.

'80s night, Sunday Kids Day
and three giveaways highlight the remainder of the homestand. Giveaways include a 2009 Detroit Tigers Team Calendar sponsored by Red Robin, a Baseball Card Wax Pack, and in honor of '80s night, a Jack Morris Replica Jersey T-shirt sponsored by Belle Tire.

Tickets are available 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.

Friday, May 1 - Indians @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Janinah Burnett, from the Detroit Opera House, will perform the national anthem.

As part of the "Play Baseball Detroit" program, Edwin Jackson and Marcus Thames, along with members of the front office, will visit students at Barbour Magnet Middle School from 1:30-2:15 p.m. The event will be filled with games, music, videos and more - all dedicated to reintroducing the game of baseball to the students.

The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit for the first 50-50 Charity raffle of the 2009 season. The Foundation will hold a 50-50 raffle every Friday and Saturday game throughout the season. Tickets will be 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 during the sixth inning.

Saturday, May 2 - Indians @ 3:40 p.m. (Gates open at 1:30 p.m.)

  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a 2009 Detroit Tigers Team Calendar courtesy of Red Robin.
  • Tigers players Rick Porcello, Josh Anderson, Ramon Santiago and Dane Sardinha, along with Tigers coaches Gene Lamont, Rick Knapp, Rafael Belliard and Lloyd McClendon, will participate in an on-field, pregame clinic from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

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

  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Baseball Card Wax Pack.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every kid receiving a Baseball Card Wax Pack, children can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel courtesy of Red Robin, free 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 be one of the Kids Starting Nine, sponsored by Big Boy, and 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. Additionally, there is a chance for all kids to win one of four kids bicycles. After the game all kids are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases, sponsored by Pepsi.

Monday, May 4 - Twins @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

'80s Night - Tease your hair, put on some shades and, like, totally, get pumped for '80s Night, sponsored by Belle Tire.
The Detroit Tigers travel back in time to celebrate the 1980s with an evening featuring awesome live music, giveaways, a rad car display and costumed characters pulled directly out of the '80s to entertain fans.

  • The first 7,500 fans will receive a Jack Morris Replica Jersey T-Shirt courtesy of Belle Tire.
  • "The Delivery," an '80s cover band provided by 89X Radio, will be performing fan favorites behind section 121 near the Big Cat Court from 5:30-6:45 p.m.
  • From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Witherell Street, fans can check out eight DeLorean vehicles, courtesy of DeLorean Motor City, and a Ferrari 208 GTS and a Testarossa, courtesy of the Ferrari Owners Club.
  • Fans can interact, take pictures and play video games with two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Van from 5:30 p.m. until the bottom of the fifth inning at Columbia Court.
  • 30 various Star Wars characters will be walking throughout the concourse from 5:30-8:00 p.m. and will be available for pictures.

During an on-field, pregame ceremony, Curtis Granderson and Nate Robertson will honor local kids involved in community service through Volunteers of America. Prior to the game, Granderson and Robertson will join youths while they visit residents at the Oak Village Square Senior Apartments.

Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland and Tigers players Carlos Guillen, Justin Verlander, Armando Galarraga and Zach Miner will visit 50 fifth grade students at St. Isaac Jogues Elementary School in St. Clair Shores. The appearance was won at a Detroit Tigers Foundation auction.

As part of the "Play Baseball Detroit" program, Placido Polanco, along with members of the front office, will visit students at Cesar Chavez Middle School from 1:30-2:15 p.m. The event will be filled with games, music, videos and more - all dedicated to reintroducing the game of baseball to the students.

Tuesday, May 5 - Twins @ 7:05 (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Curtis Granderson will visit Mark Twain Elementary School where he will read "The ABCs of Detroit Tigers Baseball" to students. Through a grant awarded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the Detroit Tigers, in partnership with the Detroit Free Press and their Newspapers in Education program, have created an educational supplement to combat illiteracy and is distributed to students throughout the state.

Buses For Baseball: Through the Detroit Tigers 50,000 Ticket Donation program, the Tigers will provide 50 complimentary tickets to bring inner city children from University Prepatory Academy to Comerica Park. The MLB Players Trust, sponsored by the MLB Players Association, arranges for bus transportation and food vouchers for the children.

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Ballot boxes where fans can vote for Tigers on the All-Star ballot - including Miguel Cabrera, Adam Everett, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge, Gerald Laird, Magglio Ordoñez and Placido Polanco - will be stationed throughout the lower concourse until June 21. Fans may also vote online at tigers.com/vote until July 2.


TIGERS VALUE OFFERS AT COMERICA PARK

  • 20% Discount on select Detroit Tigers Jackets in any Team Store.
  • Tigers All American Deal - A $22 Upper Box ticket that includes a hot dog and soft drink is available for all April home games and all Monday thru Thursday home games in May.
  • Super Spring Special - A $10 Mezzanine ticket, a savings of $5, is available for all Monday thru Thursday home games in May.
  • $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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05/04/2009 9:39 AM ET
Mario Impemba helps provide Tigers Opening Day to troops of United States Armed Forces
FOX Sports Detroit announcer donates DVD presentation of Tigers Home Opener, available to active military world wide

Transplanted Tigers fans currently serving the United States Armed Forces will now be able to celebrate Opening Day 2009 while on duty, home or abroad. "Operation Opening Day," a three-hour DVD containing the entire FOX Sports Detroit telecast of the Tigers 15-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on April 10, as well as pre-game festivities and post-game interviews and highlights, is available for all active members of the military.

The DVD is a gift from Mario Impemba, play-by-play announcer on FOX Sports Detroit, in cooperation with the Tigers and Major League Baseball Productions.

"In an effort to bring a piece of home to our men and women serving in the Armed Forces around the world, I'm honored to be able to provide this presentation of Opening Day 2009 and thank all of them for their brave service to our country," Impemba said. "I hope everyone enjoys the sights and sounds of Opening Day in Detroit, a tradition that dates back over 100 years and brings the city together each spring."

Soldiers, as well as family and friends of soldiers, can request this special gift at www.Tigers.com/operationopeningday . Once at the web site, complete the form with a valid military address - APO, SPO or FPO address, military base or ship address. "Operation Opening Day" will be mailed solely to valid military addresses as the gift is intended for the men and women currently serving our country. Quantities are limited and requests will be fulfilled as received.

"Operation Opening Day" is part of the Detroit Tigers year-round support of soldiers and veterans. Each year, the Detroit Tigers hold a special game to honor and recognize the sacrifice of the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces and those that have served before them. The Detroit Tigers also visit veterans at the Department of Veteran's Affairs Detroit Medical Center throughout the season.


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05/05/2009 12:48 PM ET
Nominate Detroit-area "All-Stars" to represent Tigers during 2009 MLB All-Star Game
MLB and 'People' national campaign to recognize everyday heroes

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers fans are encouraged to nominate local individuals who they feel serve the Detroit-area community in extraordinary ways. Through the Major League Baseball national campaign, "All-Stars Among Us," a total of 30 everyday All-Stars, one representing each Major League Club, will be honored at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game. This initiative is part of the 2009 All-Star Summer program dedicated to charitable causes and recognition of the important role of community service.

"There are a number of All-Stars in our community, and this campaign is a great way for the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball to recognize their dedication and hard work," said Elaine Lewis, Vice President, Community and Public Affairs.

Fans can log onto www.PeopleAllStars.com to nominate Detroit-area community All-Stars from now until Friday, May 22. Three finalists representing the Detroit Tigers, along with three representatives of each MLB team, will be announced in June. Fans can then vote online for one winner among the finalists to represent each club at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14.

All 30 winners will be included in the All-Star Week festivities in St. Louis and honored during the All-Star Game pregame ceremony. Additionally, one winning "All-Star Among Us" will be featured in a PEOPLE editorial during the week of the MLB All-Star Game.

For the last 35 years, PEOPLE has told stories of everyday 'heroes' whose acts of courage, commitment, strength and compassion are changing the lives of others. The "All-Stars Among Us" campaign will extend the PEOPLE "Heroes Among Us" franchise and will be a fully integrated online contest.


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05/14/2009 8:43 AM ET
Robertson placed on DL, French's contract purchased

The Tigers today announced the club has placed lefthanded pitcher Nate Robertson on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 6 with a low back muscle strain.

To take Robertson's place on the club's 25-man roster, the Tigers today purchased the contract of lefthanded pitcher Luke French from Triple A Toledo. In six starts with the Mud Hens, French posted a 2-2 record, 2.91 ERA (34.0IP/11ER) and 29 strikeouts.

French will be in uniform today in Minnesota. He will wear uniform number 53.


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05/14/2009 11:59 AM ET
Tigers open longest homestand of season tomorrow
Value deals highlight Oakland, Texas and Colorado games

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers open a nine-game homestand - the longest home stretch of the season - on Friday, May 15 when they host the Oakland Athletics for the first game of a three-game set. Friday and Saturday's games start at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday's matchup begins at 1:05 p.m. Following an off day, the Texas Rangers ride into the Motor City on Tuesday, May 19 for the first game of a three-game series. Tuesday and Wednesday's contests begin at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday's game is at 1:05 p.m. The Tigers then face their first National League opposition, the Colorado Rockies in a weekend series, May 22-24.

Country Night, Sunday Kids Day, Photo Day, Fireworks and free giveaways highlight the first six games of the homestand. Giveaways include an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Placido Polanco poster sponsored by Meijer and 2009 Detroit Tigers playing cards sponsored by FS Detroit. In addition, Country Night will feature a mechanical bull fans can ride as well as a variety of giveaways throughout the game.

Tickets are available 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.

Friday, May 15 - Fireworks Show - Athletics @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • Recording artist Hammer will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Aaron McCoy-Jacobs, a Central Michigan University student, will perform the National Anthem.
  • Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, are free with game ticket and will immediately follow the game.

The Tigers will host the seventh annual Central Michigan University Day, featuring a special CMU seating section and a pregame party for CMU Alumni.

The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with Ronald McDonald House of Detroit for Friday and Saturday's 50-50 Charity raffle. The Foundation will hold a 50-50 raffle every Friday and Saturday game throughout the season. Tickets will be 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 during the seventh inning.

Saturday, May 16 - Fireworks Show - Athletics @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • Mike Eli, from the Eli Young Band, will perform the National Anthem.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon Wireless, are free with game ticket and will immediately follow the game.

As part of the "Play Baseball Detroit" program, Tigers coaches and staff including Lloyd McClendon, Jeff Jones, Javair Gillett, Scott Pickens and former Tigers player Ike Blessitt, will host 100 little league baseball players at Balduck Park from 11:25 a.m.-1:35 p.m. The Play Baseball Detroit clinics teach the proper baseball fundamentals to youth from a professional trainer, player or coach's perspective.

Graduates of Ronald McDonald House, along with their families and supporters, will be recognized during an on-field, pregame ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ronald McDonald House Detroit. The Tigers provided 200 complimentary game tickets for the group through the Detroit Tigers ticket donation program.

Sunday, May 17 - Photo Day - Athletics @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:00 a.m.)


  • The Zac Brown Band will perform the National Anthem.
  • Stacy Goss, winner of Major League Baseball's "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" campaign, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" collector's Placido Polanco poster courtesy of Meijer.

From 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Tigers fans may take pictures of their favorite Tigers players and coaches from the Comerica Park outfield during the first of two Photo Days. Due to the success and demand of this event, the Tigers added an additional Photo Day this year that will take place on August 16.

During an on-field, pregame ceremony, 15 organizations will receive a grant from the Detroit Tigers Foundation, totaling over $200,000. These grants will directly assist a variety of baseball-related programs, including the renovation of 20 baseball or softball fields throughout Michigan, a barrier-free field in a community that has over 63,000 special needs children and sending a Metro Detroit contingent of Special Olympic softball players to the Summer Sports Classic.

Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers have partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to go to bat against breast cancer. During an on-field, pregame recognition, the Detroit Tigers will welcome 250 breast cancer survivors to Comerica Park. The Tigers provided 1,000 complimentary game tickets for the survivors and family members through the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Initiative for Kids.

In addition, the Tigers will host Honorary Bat Girl Stacy Goss, winner of Major League Baseball's "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" campaign. Goss and her family will join her to watch the game from the personal luxury suite of Shani Inge, wife of Tigers' infielder Brandon Inge.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every kid receiving a Placido Polanco poster, children can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel courtesy of Red Robin, free 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 be one of the Kids Starting Nine, sponsored by Big Boy, and 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. Additionally, there is a chance for all kids to win one of four kids bicycles. After the game all children are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases.

Tuesday, May 19 - Free Playing Cards - Rangers @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • Joyce Stearnes Thompson, daughter of Hall of Famer Norman "Turkey" Stearnes, will perform the National Anthem.
  • Children of the Deaf Community Advocacy Network with the Bloomfield Hills Sign Choir will sign the National Anthem simultaneously with Thompson.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive 2009 Tigers Playing cards courtesy of FS Detroit.

As part of the "Play Baseball Detroit" program, Curtis Granderson, along with members of the Tigers front office, will visit students at Bates Academy from 10:30-11:15 a.m. for a Tigers rally. The event will be filled with games, music, videos and more - all dedicated to introducing the game of baseball to the students.

Wednesday, May 20 - Country Night - Rangers @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Country Night - Giddyup y'all, the Tigers are hosting Country Night. Grab your cowboy/cowgirl hat and ride on down to Comerica Park for live music, giveaways and many other exciting activities. An autographed Toby Keith guitar, autographed Jamey Johnson guitar, Blake Shelton concert tickets, Gary Allan concert tickets and autographed CDs are just some of the giveaways featured throughout the evening.


  • Test your bull riding ability on the mechanical bull, located outside the Big Cat Court from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Watch the Hooked on Country Dancin' Demo Team showcasing their country line dancing skills from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Gate B.
  • Witness Cowboy Brian demonstrating his trick roping and lasso techniques throughout the concourse, interacting with Tigers fans from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Photo opportunities with costumed farm animal characters from the Parade Company.
  • Fans entering the game through Gates C and D will be greeted with live bluegrass and country twang performed by banjo players Rob Bourassa and Neil Woodward.
  • The Willie Nash Band, provided by 99.5 WYCD, will be performing behind section 121 near the Big Cat Court from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 21 - Rangers @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

Tigers manager Jim Leyland will address a select group of graduates from the Gang Resistance Education and Training program (G.R.E.A.T.) from 10:30-10:50 a.m. Top Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) officers along with state and local dignitaries will be in attendance. The Tigers were the first professional sports team to commit to the G.R.E.A.T. program, dedicating one game each year since 1992. The Tigers also provided 1,500 complimentary game tickets for G.R.E.A.T. graduates through the Detroit Tigers ticket donation program.

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Ballot boxes where fans can vote for Tigers on the All-Star ballot - including Miguel Cabrera, Adam Everett, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge, Gerald Laird, Magglio Ordoñez and Placido Polanco - will be stationed throughout the lower concourse until June 21. Fans may also vote online at tigers.com/vote until July 2.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS / GIVEAWAYS / COMMUNITY EVENTS


  • Friday, May 22 - A Tigers player will visit with Erma Henderson Upper Middle School students from 10:00-10:45 a.m. as part of the Play Baseball Detroit program.
  • Friday, May 22 / Saturday, May 23 - The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with Foster Care Community for the 50-50 raffle.
  • Friday, May 22 - Friday Night Fireworks presented by Pepsi.
  • Saturday, May 23 - Tigers coaches and staff Lloyd McClendon, Jeff Jones, Javair Gillett, Scott Pickens and former Tigers player Ike Blessitt will host a Play Baseball Detroit community clinic at St. Scholastica in Southfield and Clark Park in Detroit.
  • Saturday, May 23 - Brandon Lyon and Josh Anderson will sign autographs, at ABC Warehouse in Farmington, in exchange for new or gently used baseball equipment to benefit Gloves for Kids.
  • Saturday, May 23 - Saturday Night Fireworks sponsored by Verizon Wireless.
  • Sunday, May 24 - Military and Veteran Recognition Night
  • Sunday, May 24 - "Every Kid, Every Sunday" PAWS wristband giveaway courtesy of Aquafina.
  • Saturday, May 30 - Tigers wives team to run and walk in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Comerica Park.

TIGERS VALUE OFFERS AT COMERICA PARK


  • 20% Discount on any Fashion Jersey in any Team Store.
  • Tigers All American Deal - A $22 Upper Box ticket that includes a hot dog and soft drink is available for all home games in May.
  • Super Spring Special - A $10 Mezzanine ticket, a savings of $5, is available for all home games in May.
  • $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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05/15/2009 10:13 AM ET
Detroit Tigers foundation awards $200,000 in grants
15 organizations to receive checks during on-field, pregame ceremony includes renovation of 20 baseball and softball fields in Michigan

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers Foundation will present over $200,000 in grants to 15 organizations during an on-field, pregame ceremony prior to the 1:05 p.m. game on Sunday, May 17. These grants will directly assist nearly 6,000 youth through a variety of baseball-related programs.

As a result of the grants, 20 baseball or softball fields throughout Michigan will be renovated and both Tiny Tigers, a summer Tee Ball program for children, and the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, a three-day youth baseball and softball tournament, will be expanded.

In addition, training will be provided to over 100 Detroit area youth baseball and softball coaches, a barrier-free baseball field will be constructed in a community that has over 63,000 special needs children and a baseballthemed health educational supplement will be distributed to over 68,000 students throughout Michigan.

"The Detroit Tigers organization believes in the need to invest in our community's future," said Jordan Field, Director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation. "We are thrilled to touch the lives of so many children and are honored to support youth baseball programs not only in the city of Detroit, but in all of Michigan." The list of recipients includes:

Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan
Youth Development Commission
Bridgeport Charter Township Tri-Valley Miracle League
Think Detroit PAL
Regina High School
Michigan K.I.D.S., Inc. (Newspapers in Education)
Chelsea Recreation Council
Royal Oak Sandlot League
Don Bosco Hall
Boys and Girls Republic
Judson Center
Padres Baseball Organization, Inc.
Special Olympics Michigan, Inc.
Escanaba Cubs Baseball Club
Camp Sancta Maria Trust

The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, 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. Visit www.detroittigersfoundation.org for more information about the grant application process.


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05/19/2009 11:07 AM ET
Tigers announce tryout camp in Toledo on August 10

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers today announced a tryout camp to be held at Fifth Third Field, the home of the Toledo Mud Hens, on Monday, August 10.

Registration for the camp begins at 8:30 a.m., with the work out starting at 9:00 a.m. The tryout camp is for players age 16-23, or those players with previous professional baseball experience. No pre-registration or participation fee is necessary to attend the camp. 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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05/19/2009 12:12 PM ET
Ramirez recalled from Toledo

The Tigers today recalled the contract of outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from Triple A Toledo to replace Magglio Ordonez on the club's 25-man roster.

In 30 games with the Mud Hens, Ramirez was hitting .316 (37x117) with three doubles, a triple, five home runs, 13 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

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05/19/2009 1:06 PM ET
Comerica Park goes country tomorrow
Giveaways, live music, costumed characters highlight evening

DETROIT
- Giddyup y'all, Comerica Park is going country. The Detroit Tigers celebrate all things country on Wednesday, May 20 as they take on the Texas Rangers at 7:05 p.m., game two of a three-game series. Grab your ten gallon hats, polish your biggest belt buckles, and ride on down to Comerica Park for Country Night's live music, giveaways and many other exciting activities.

Autographed Toby Keith and Jamey Johnson guitars, Blake Shelton and Gary Allan concert tickets, signed Rascal Flatts posters, and autographed CDs from country artists Toby Keith, Sugarland, Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack, George Strait, Billy Currington, Josh Turner, Julianne Hough, Ashton Shepherd, Julie Roberts, Josh Gracin, Phil Stacey and Randy Rogers Band will be given away throughout the game.

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Willie Nash Band, provided by 99.5 WYCD, performing behind section 121 near the Big Cat Court until 6:45 p.m.
Additionally, fans can also:


  • Test their bull riding ability on the mechanical bull, located outside the Big Cat Court from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Watch the Hooked on Country Dancin' Demo Team showcasing their country line dancing skills from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at Gate B.
  • Witness Cowboy Brian demonstrating his trick roping and lasso techniques throughout the concourse, interacting with Tigers fans from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy photo opportunities with costumed farm animal characters from the Parade Company.
  • Enter the game through Gates C and D and be greeted with live bluegrass and country twang performed by banjo players Rob Bourassa and Neil Woodward from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Tickets, including $10 mezzanine Upper Box and $5 seats, are available 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.


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05/21/2009 11:48 AM ET
Tigers begin Interleague play this weekend
Colorado Rockies first NL opponent to visit Detroit

The Detroit Tigers conclude a nine-game homestand - the longest home stretch of the season - beginning Friday, May 22 when they host the Colorado Rockies for the first of three games. Friday and Saturday's games start at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday's matchup begins at 1:05 p.m. The Rockies are the Tigers first National League opponent of the season, as Colorado makes its second consecutive visit to Detroit after being swept last season, June 27-29. The Tigers also host the Milwaukee Brewers, June 19-21, and the Chicago Cubs, June 23-25. The Tigers posted a 13-5 record in interleague play last season.

Two firework shows, Sunday Kids Day and free "Every Kid, Every Sunday" PAWS wristband, courtesy of Aquafina, highlight the final three games of the homestand.

Tickets are available 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.

Friday, May 22 - Fireworks Show - Rockies @ 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.
  • Four fans will randomly be chosen to watch the Friday Night Fireworks from the visitor's dugout, courtesy of Mike's Hard Lemonade.
  • 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.
  • One lucky fan that purchases a game program and finds a Carhartt advertisement autographed by a Tigers player will win a special Carhartt prize package.

The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with Foster Care Committee for Friday and Saturday's 50-50 Charity Raffle. The Foundation will hold a 50-50 raffle every Friday and Saturday game throughout the season. Tickets will be 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 during the seventh inning.

As part of the "Play Baseball Detroit" program, Dontrelle Willis, along with members of the Tigers front office, will visit students at Erma Henderson Upper School from 10:00-10:45 a.m. for a Tigers rally. The event will be filled with games, music, videos and more - all dedicated to introducing the game of baseball to the students.

Saturday, May 23 - Fireworks Show - Rockies @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon Wireless, are free with game ticket and will immediately follow the game.
  • Former Tigers player, Willie Horton, will be signing copies of "The Peoples Champion: Willie Horton" at Gate A from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


As part of the "Play Baseball Detroit" program, Tigers coaches and staff including Lloyd McClendon, Jeff Jones, Javair Gillett, Scott Pickens and former Tigers player Ike Blessitt, will host 100 little league baseball players at St. Scholastica from 10:25 a.m.-12:35 p.m. and at Clark Park from 11:25 a.m.-1:35 p.m. The Play Baseball Detroit clinics teach the proper baseball fundamentals to youth from a professional trainer, player or coach's perspective.

Tigers pitcher Brandon Lyon and Tigers outfielder Josh Anderson will be signing autographs for fans who donate new or gently used baseball equipment, or who provide a monetary donation, at ABC Warehouse in Farmington from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The donations benefit Gloves For Kids, a program designed to provide Detroit's youth the proper sporting equipment to participate in organized baseball and softball.

Sunday, May 24 - Military Appreciation - Rockies @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • Staff Sergeant James A. Donaldson from the 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, will sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America."
  • Daniel S. Mulcahey, State Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, and Brigadier General Michael Peplinski, Base Commander, Selfridge Air National Guard,S will throw the ceremonial first pitches.
  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" PAWS wristbands courtesy of Aquafina.
  • One lucky fan that purchases a game program and finds a Via Rail advertisement autographed by a Tigers player will win a roundtrip ticket to Toronto, including two night's stay, for two people courtesy of Via Rail.


During an on-field, pregame ceremony, the Detroit Tigers will celebrate the dedication and sacrifice of members of the United States Armed Forces, as well as Metro Detroit veterans. The Tigers provided over 800 complimentary tickets for soldiers, veterans, and their family members to attend the game.

Volunteers from the Salvation Army will be on the concourse at Gate D, encouraging fans to "Do the WRITE Thing for our Armed Forces." Fans will be able to write special messages to our troops overseas on special postcards provided by The Salvation Army.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every kid receiving PAWS wristbands, children can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel courtesy of Red Robin, free 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 be one of the Kids Starting Nine, sponsored by Big Boy, and 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. Additionally, there is a chance for all kids to win one of four kids bicycles. After the game all children are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases, courtesy of Pepsi and Upper Deck Trading Cards.

TIGERS VALUE OFFERS AT COMERICA PARK

  • 20% Discount on any Fashion Jersey in any Team Store.
  • Tigers All American Deal - A $22 Upper Box ticket that includes a hot dog and soft drink is available for all home games in May.
  • Super Spring Special - A $10 Mezzanine ticket, a savings of $5, is available for all home games in May.
  • $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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05/23/2009 2:36 PM ET
Tigers honor members of United States Armed Forces pregame recognition prior to Tigers vs. Rockies

The Detroit Tigers will honor the dedication and sacrifice of members of the United States Armed Forces, as well as Metro Detroit veterans, during an on-field, pregame recognition tomorrow when the Tigers take on the Colorado Rockies at 1:05 p.m. The Tigers provided over 800 complimentary tickets for members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their family members to attend the game.

In addition, all members of the Armed Forces and veterans that participate in the pregame recognition will receive a copy of "Operation Opening Day," a three-hour DVD containing the entire FOX Sports Detroit telecast of the Tigers 15-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on April 10, as well as pregame festivities and post-game interviews and highlights. The DVD is a gift from Mario Impemba, play-by-play announcer on FOX Sports Detroit.

Volunteers from the Salvation Army will be on the concourse at Gate D, encouraging fans to "Do the WRITE Thing for our Armed Forces." Fans will be able to write special messages to our troops overseas on special postcards provided by The Salvation Army.

Staff Sergeant James A. Donaldson from the 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, will sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America." Daniel S. Mulcahey, State Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, and Brigadier General Michael Peplinski, Base Commander, Selfridge Air National Guard will throw the ceremonial first pitches.

Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at www.tigers.com, by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437)


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05/27/2009 4:03 PM ET
Tigers Wives participate in Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure
Crowd of 30,000 expected for 18th annual event

DETROIT - For the eighth year, the Detroit Tigers have formed a walking team comprised of Tigers Wives, front office personnel and family and friends to participate in the 18th Annual Komen Detroit Race for the Cure, presented locally by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, on Saturday, May 30 at Comerica Park. Shani Inge, wife of Tigers infielder Brandon Inge, along with Jessi Miner, Kristi Sardinha and Danna Thames, will present the Tigers Wives "Rookie of the Year" award to the largest, new team that participates in the Race for the Cure.

Opening ceremonies for the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure will begin at 8:00 a.m., prior to the 9:00 a.m. 5k run which will be followed by a 5k walk and a one-mile walk, with closing ceremonies beginning at 10:30 a.m. The annual event raises funds for research to end breast cancer forever and to raise awareness of breast health.

Expected to attract a crowd of 30,000, the event seeks to raise more than $2 million, with 75 percent of the net income staying within the Metro Detroit community to fund local breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects. The remaining 25 percent funds groundbreaking breast cancer research around the globe.

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05/28/2009 3:38 PM ET
Tigers host Red Sox and Angels in six-game homestand
Great new June special ticket deals now available for all six games

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers host the Boston Red Sox for three games beginning on Tuesday, June 2 to start a six-game Tigers homestand. Tuesday's game will begin at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday's game, nationally broadcast on ESPN's "Wednesday Night Baseball," will begin at 7:08 p.m. and Thursday's contest will start at 1:05 p.m. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim arrive in the Motor City on Friday, June 5 for a three-game weekend series to close out the homestand. Friday and Saturday's games start at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday's contest is at 1:05 p.m.

Fans can now purchase a June Double Play, two Upper Box tickets for $39 or two Lower Box tickets for $49, a savings of up to $29, available for all home games in June excluding the Chicago Cubs series.

Two firework shows, Sunday Kids Day and two giveaways, a Detroit Tigers Luggage Bag Tag, courtesy of Delta Air Lines, and a Justin Verlander hat, courtesy of Ball Park Brands, highlight the homestand.

Tickets are available 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.

Tuesday, June 2 - Red Sox @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 3 - Luggage Tag - Red Sox @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a Detroit Tigers Luggage Bag Tag courtesy of Delta Airlines.

Thursday, June 4 - Red Sox @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • Mike Morelli, semifinalist on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and a South Lyon native, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • WXYT will broadcast live outside Gate A from 10:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Friday, June 5 - Fireworks Show - Angels @ 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.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with Little Caesars Amateur Sports Foundation, which supports youth sports programs in greater Detroit, for Friday and Saturday's 50-50 Charity raffle. The Foundation holds a 50-50 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 raffle has raised $33,330, $16,665 going directly to charities, with the single largest prize being $3,755.

Saturday, June 6 - Fireworks Show - Angels @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon Wireless, 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 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.
Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and Tigers outfielder Jeff Larish will be signing autographs for fans who donate new or gently used baseball equipment, or who provide a monetary donation, at ABC Warehouse in Canton Township from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The donations benefit Gloves For Kids, a program designed to provide Detroit's youth the proper sporting equipment to participate in organized baseball and softball.

Sunday, June 7 - Justin Verlander Hat - Angels @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Justin Verlander Youth Cap courtesy of Ball Park Brands.
During an on-field, pregame ceremony, the Detroit Tigers will recognize the 2008 Michigan Queens' support of Pennies for Paws. The 2008 Michigan Queens, as selected through the Miss American Coed Pageant, will be at Comerica Park to raise awareness of the program and encourage fans to donate to Pennies for Paws. Celebrating more than 25 years, Miss American Coed Pageants have been the country's most popular, natural pageant for girls. These pageants reinforce the confidence and natural beauty that is within each girl.

Since April of 2008, Pennies for Paws has raised more than $13,000. The Detroit Tigers have partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife's Save the Tiger Fund to create Pennies for Paws, a coin collection at Comerica Park that raises funds to save endangered wild tigers. Fans are encouraged to donate coins at the tiger bank located on the concourse.

The Tigers provided 800 complimentary tickets for Sunday's game to students and family of Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington, who collected $3,613.79 to support Pennies for Paws.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every kid receiving a Justin Verlander Youth Cap, children can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel courtesy of Red Robin, free 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 be one of the Kids Starting Nine, sponsored by Big Boy, and 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. 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.

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Ballot boxes where fans can vote for Tigers on the All-Star ballot - including Miguel Cabrera, Adam Everett, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge, Gerald Laird, Magglio Ordoñez and Placido Polanco - will be stationed throughout the lower concourse until June 21. Fans may also vote online at tigers.com/vote until July 2.

TIGERS VALUE OFFERS AT COMERICA PARK

  • New Era 59fifty Authentic On-field Tigers Caps are $30, regularly $36, in any Team Store.
  • June Double Play - Two Upper Box tickets for $39 or two Lower Box tickets for $49 are available all home games in June excluding the Chicago Cubs series.
  • $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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06/04/2009 2:46 PM ET
PETA names Comerica Park one of the most vegetarian-friendly ballparks
Detroit Tigers' Home Field Features Veggie Burgers, Vegetable Wraps, Vegetarian Sushi, and More

Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, has placed seventh in PETA's annual rankings of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly ballparks. The park features a wide selection of vegetarian options, including veggie burgers, veggie dogs, meat-free wraps, vegetarian sushi, meatless taco salads, fruit cups, and vegetable stir-fries.

Top athletes-including slugger Prince Fielder, NBA star Raja Bell, mixed martial arts fighters Mac Danzig and Dale Hart, Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, NBA legend John Salley, and Olympic great Carl Lewis-look to meatless meals to boost their performance and help stop animal suffering. And judging by the ever-growing array of delicious vegetarian meals available at major-league parks, fans are following their lead.

Grabbing first-place honors for the third year in a row is Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies, and finishing close behind is AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Rounding out the top 10 are Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), Turner Field (Atlanta Braves), Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros), PETCO Park (San Diego Padres), U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox), and Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles) as well as Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers) and Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs), which tied for 10th place.

"While the great city of Detroit is struggling through some tough times right now, things are looking up for vegetarian and health-conscious Tigers fans," says PETA Assistant Director Dan Shannon. "The fact is, anyone who improves his or her health, helps protect the planet, and saves animals' lives by going vegetarian is a winner."

Each team on the major-league list will receive a framed certificate and a congratulatory letter from PETA. For more information and to view the complete list of winners, please visit PETA.org.


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06/04/2009 10:43 AM ET
Tigers host Angels this weekend
Firework shows on Friday and Saturday, Kids Day on Sunday

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday, June 5 for a three-game weekend series to close out the six-game homestand. Friday and Saturday's games start at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday's contest is at 1:05 p.m.

New in June, fans can now purchase a June Double Play, two Upper Box tickets for $39 or two Lower Box tickets for $49, a savings of up to $29, available for all June home games, excluding the Chicago Cubs series.

Two firework shows, Sunday Kids Day, and a Justin Verlander hat, courtesy of Ball Park Brands, highlight the weekend series.

Tickets are available 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.

Friday, June 5 - Fireworks Show - Angels @ 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.

The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with Little Caesars Amateur Sports Foundation, which supports youth sports programs in greater Detroit, for Friday and Saturday's 50-50 Charity raffle. The Foundation holds a 50-50 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 raffle has raised $33,330 with $16,665 going directly to charities, and the single largest prize was $3,755.

Saturday, June 6 - Fireworks Show - Angels @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon Wireless, 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 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.

Tigers second baseman Placido Polanco will be signing autographs for free at the Verizon Wireless store in Royal Oak from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and Tigers outfielder Jeff Larish will be signing autographs for fans who donate new or gently used baseball equipment, or who provide a monetary donation, at ABC Warehouse in Canton Township from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The donations benefit Gloves For Kids, a program designed to provide Detroit's youth the proper sporting equipment to participate in organized baseball and softball.

Sunday, June 7 - Justin Verlander Hat - Angels @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)



  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Justin Verlander Youth Cap courtesy of Ball Park Brands.

During an on-field, pregame ceremony, the Detroit Tigers will recognize the 2008 Michigan Queens' support of Pennies for Paws. The 2008 Michigan Queens, as selected through the Miss American Coed Pageant, will be at Comerica Park to raise awareness of the program and encourage fans to donate to Pennies for Paws. Celebrating more than 25 years, Miss American Coed Pageants have been the country's most popular, natural pageant for girls. These pageants reinforce the confidence and natural beauty that is within each girl.

Since April of 2008, Pennies for Paws has raised more than $13,000. The Detroit Tigers have partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife's Save the Tiger Fund to create Pennies for Paws, a coin collection at Comerica Park that raises funds to save endangered wild tigers. Fans are encouraged to donate coins at the tiger bank located on the concourse.

The Tigers provided 800 complimentary tickets for Sunday's game to students and family of Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington, who collected $3,613.79 to support Pennies for Paws.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every kid receiving a Justin Verlander Youth Cap, children can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel courtesy of Red Robin, free 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 be one of the Kids Starting Nine, sponsored by Big Boy, and 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. 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.

TIGERS VALUE OFFERS AT COMERICA PARK



  • New Era 59fifty Authentic On-field Tigers Caps are $30, regularly $36, in any Team Store.
  • June Double Play - Two Upper Box tickets for $39 or two Lower Box tickets for $49 are available all home games in June excluding the Chicago Cubs series.
  • $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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06/04/2009 9:06 AM ET
Dontrelle Willis and Curtis Granderson wear orange wristbands in support of Play Baseball Detroit
Players show their support for youth baseball all season

DETROIT - Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis will today display his dedication for Metro Detroit youth baseball programs as he wears an orange Play Baseball Detroit wristband on the mound. Willis, along with outfielder Curtis Granderson, began wearing the orange wristbands during the middle of May to show their support for Play Baseball Detroit, a comprehensive urban youth baseball program dedicated to encouraging and supporting youth baseball and softball programs in the greater Detroit community.

The orange wristbands, available to youth baseball teams that register for Team Tigers, have the Play Baseball Detroit logo and the Team Tigers logo prominently displayed on either side. The multi-faceted Play Baseball Detroit program features an equipment collection, school rallies, youth clinics and a competitive tournament to encourage and develop the young athletes of our city into the baseball stars of tomorrow. The program is funded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, through the generosity of Willis and Miguel Cabrera.

Team Tigers is a need-based registration and reward program specifically designed to provide new and expanding baseball programs the tools and resources needed to succeed. Teams that register for Team Tigers will receive an orange Play Baseball Detroit wristband and also may be entitled to baseball clinics from Tigers players, coaches and staff, financial assistance for field maintenance, equipment, game tickets, academic scholarships and much more.


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06/05/2009 11:42 AM ET
Gerald Laird and Jeff Larish to Sign Autographs

WHAT:

Gerald Laird and Jeff Larish sign autographs tomorrow

WHO:

Gerald Laird / Tigers catcher & Jeff Larish / Tigers outfielder

WHEN:

Saturday, June 6, 2009 / 12:30-1:30 p.m.

WHERE:

ABC Warehouse
41690 Ford Rd.
Canton Township, MI 48188

WHY:

Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and Tigers outfielder Jeff Larish will be signing autographs for fans who donate new or gently used baseball equipment, or who provide a monetary donation. The donations benefit Gloves For Kids, a program designed to provide Detroit's youth the proper sporting equipment to participate in organized baseball and softball.
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06/08/2009 12:29 PM ET
MLB, 'People' and Detroit Tigers announce three finalists for "All-Stars Among Us" campaign honoring leaders in the community
Winner to be recognized at 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis; voting begins today at PeopleAllStars.com

Major League Baseball, PEOPLE and the Detroit Tigers today announced the three finalists and the beginning of the voting period for the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, which recognizes individuals who are serving the community in extraordinary ways. This initiative is central to the 2009 MLB All-Star Summer program dedicated to charitable initiatives and recognition of the important role of community service.

The 90 finalists (three per MLB Club) have been selected from thousands of online submissions by fans across the Nation who nominated an "All-Star" within their community. Fans can now log on to www.PeopleAllStars.com today through June 24 to vote for their favorite community "All-Star." All 30 winners will be included in the All-Star Week festivities in St. Louis and will attend and be honored as part of the pre-game ceremony at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game, televised nationally by FOX Sports with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT (8:00 p.m. ET). One winning "All-Star Among Us" will be featured in PEOPLE the week of the All-Star Game.

For the last 35 years, PEOPLE has told stories of everyday 'heroes' whose acts of courage, commitment, strength and compassion are changing the lives of others. The "PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us" campaign will extend the PEOPLE "Heroes Among Us" franchise. The Tigers' finalists include inspirational stories of the selfless work of individuals who dedicate their time and energy to helping others and improving the lives of those around them.

Kathleen Brooks
HOMETOWN: Sterling Heights, MI
Kathleen Brooks has worked tirelessly to recruit bone marrow donors for the Be The Match Registry. As the coordinator for the Southeast Michigan District of the United States Postal Service, Kate has secured more than 1,000 potential donors under the USPS Delivering the Gift of Life Campaign.

Lynne Hughes
HOMETOWN: Rockville, VA
Lynne lost both her parents by age 14. Since there were no services for her, Lynne started Comfort Zone Camp to give children who have lost parents a place to grieve and heal with others in the same situation. CZC has helped over 2,000 kids in 10 years.

Christina Lovgren
HOMETOWN: Milford, MI
Mother, grandmother, widow, and friend to many, Christina manages the Livingston County Senior Nutritional Program, better known as Meals on Wheels. A naturalized citizen originally from Sweden, Christina gives back to her adopted country by providing homebound seniors with a hot balanced meal every day.

"Major League Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "The 'All-Stars Among Us' campaign embodies our commitment to recognizing the importance of giving back to the community as the focus of this year's All-Star Game. Major League Baseball is proud to partner with PEOPLE Magazine in recognizing these deserving 'All-Stars.'"

"Celebrating the 'Heroes Among Us' has been an important part of PEOPLE editorial throughout its 35-year history," said PEOPLE Managing Editor Larry Hackett. "43 million weekly readers look to PEOPLE for these stories of everyday individuals who dedicate their lives to making a difference." Time Inc Style & Entertainment Group President Paul Caine adds: "We are thrilled to partner with MLB to shine a spotlight on the inspiring work of these "All-Stars Among Us", and to salute these individuals in front of a nationwide audience."

About the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on FOX Sports on Tuesday, July 14th in St. Louis and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Busch Stadium. At the ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on Sunday, July 12th featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 13th featuring the State Farm Home Run Derby. Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Summer through a variety of special events including Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; the All-Star Concert benefiting Stand Up To Cancer, a free concert for fans under The Gateway Arch; and the All-Star Game Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy, a free parade of All-Stars leading into Busch Stadium. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX Sports and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International.

About PEOPLE Magazine
PEOPLE revolutionized personality journalism in 1974 and is today the world's most successful and popular magazine. Each week, the PEOPLE brand brings more than 43 million consumers the latest news, exclusive interviews and in-depth reporting on the most compelling people of our time. In addition to unparalleled access to the entertainment community, the stories of real-life "Heroes Among Us" remain an essential component of PEOPLE's editorial approach. PEOPLE.com is the premier web destination for celebrity news, photos, style and entertainment coverage. With reporters across


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06/09/2009 10:57 PM ET
TIGERS SELECT THREE PLAYERS ON FIRST DAY OF 2009 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT

DETROIT --- The Detroit Tigers today announced the selection of three players during the first day of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will continue on Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11.

The list of the players selected today follows:

Rd Player Position Ht. Wt. B/T Age School
1 Jacob Turner RHP 6-5 205 R/R 18 Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis, MO
2 Andrew Oliver LHP 6-3 212 L/L 21 Oklahoma State University
3 Wade Gaynor 3B 6-4 225 R/R 21 Western Kentucky University


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06/09/2009 7:12 PM ET
Tigers select Jacob Turner
Righthanded pitcher is Detroit's top pick in First-Year Player Draft

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today selected righthanded pitcher Jacob Turner from Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, MO with their first pick (ninth overall) in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Turner compiled a 7-2 record and 0.60 ERA as a senior at Westminster Christian Academy in 2009. He fanned 113 batters in 58.1 innings pitched, while issuing only 13 walks.

"The Tigers organization is pleased to select Jacob Turner today," Tigers Vice President, Amateur Scouting David Chadd said. "He has a power arm and we're excited to add a pitcher of his caliber and potential to our system."

The 6-5, 205-pound righthander is rated by Baseball America as possessing the second-best fastball among all draft-eligible high school prospects this year and is rated as the second-closest high school prospect to reaching the major leagues.


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06/11/2009 3:57 PM ET
Tigers Fantasy Batting Practice at Comerica Park Makes Excellent Father's Day Gift
Once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity Awaits

You watch your favorite Detroit Tigers warm up during batting practice, now take the field yourself and join the action at Comerica Park with Tigers Fantasy Batting Practice. Packages are available for Saturday, June 27, or test your skills under the Comerica Park lights on Friday, July 31.

An excellent gift for Father's Day, Fantasy Batting Practice offers unique opportunities to shag fly balls in the outfield, field grounders, play catch in the outfield, sit in the dugouts and hit in the batting cage. Additionally, fans can swing for the fences as former Tigers player Dave Rozema, a member of the 1984 world champion club, throws live batting practice.

"We sold out both events in May and we are excited to introduce the opportunity to hit under the lights at Comerica Park, just like the Tigers," said Jerry Lewis, Director of Fantasy Camps.

Sign up now for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. To make a reservation, or for more information, visit www.tigers.com or call 313-471-2550.


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06/11/2009 3:10 PM ET
Tigers Select 50 Players During 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft

The Detroit Tigers today announced the selection of 20 players during the final day of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The list of the players selected in the three days of the draft follows:

Rd Player Position Ht. Wt. B/T Age School

1 Jacob Turner RHP 6-5 205 R/R 18 Westminster Christian Academy (MO)
2 Andrew Oliver LHP 6-3 212 L/L 21 Oklahoma State University
3 Wade Gaynor 3B 6-4 225 R/R 21 Western Kentucky University
4 Edwin Gomez SS 6-3 175 S/R 17 Puerto Rico Baseball Academy HS (PR)
5 Austin Wood LHP 6-2 195 L/L 22 University of Texas
6 Daniel Fields SS 6-2 200 L/R 18 University of Detroit Jesuit HS (MI)
7 Jamie Johnson CF 5-8 185 L/R 22 University of Oklahoma
8 Craig Fritsch RHP 6-4 190 R/R 21 Baylor University (TX)
9 John Murrian C 6-2 215 R/R 20 Winthrop University (SC)
10 Christopher Sedon 2B 5-10 175 R/R 21 University of Pittsburgh
11 Adam Wilk LHP 6-2 175 L/L 21 Long Beach State University (CA)
12 Matthew Thomson RHP 6-4 200 R/R 21 University of San Diego (CA)
13 Michael Rockett CF 6-1 180 R/R 21 University of Texas San Antonio
14 Kevan Hess RHP 6-2 190 R/R 21 Western Michigan University
15 Mark Appel RHP 6-4 195 R/R 17 Monte Vista HS (CA)
16 Kenny Faulk LHP 6-0 210 L/L 22 Kennesaw State University (GA)
17 Nathan Newman RHP 6-5 215 R/R 22 Pepperdine University (CA)
18 Eric Roof C 6-3 185 L/R 22 Michigan State University
19 Rawley Bishop 3B 6-3 200 R/R 23 Middle Tennessee State University
20 James Gulliver SS 5-11 180 L/R 23 Eastern Michigan University (MI)
21 Giovanni Soto LHP 6-3 155 L/L 18 No School (PR)
22 Matthew Mansilla CF 5-11 180 R/R 23 College of Charleston (SC)
23 Cory Hamilton RHP 6-1 195 R/R 21 University of California Irvine
24 Wade Kapteyn RHP 6-5 235 R/R 21 University of Evansville (IN)
25 Almon "Victor" Roache RF 6-1 205 R/R 17 Lincoln High School (MI)
26 Edgar Corcino 3B 6-2 190 S/R 17 Adolfina Irizarry De Puig HS (PR)
27 Patrick McKenna SS 5-9 170 R/R 21 Bryant University (RI)
28 Tobin Mateychick RHP 6-4 180 R/R 18 Enid HS (OK)
29 Michael Morrison RHP 6-1 210 R/R 21 California State University, Fullerton
30 James Robbins 1B 6-0 225 L/L 18 Shorecrest HS (WA)
31 Andrew Walter RHP 6-3 190 R/R 18 Cactus HS (AZ)
32 Parker Markel RHP 6-3 210 R/R 18 Mountain Ridge HS (AZ)
33 Cody Keefer CF 6-1 190 L/R 18 Davis Senior HS (CA)
34 Derek Kline RHP 6-4 215 R/R 21 Millersville University (PA)
35 Patrick Biondi CF 5-9 160 L/R 18 Divine Child HS (MI)
36 Benjamin Crumpton SS 5-11 180 R/R 18 Lakeside HS (AR)
37 Daniel Canela C 5-11 200 L/R 18 Florida Christian School (FL)
38 Tarran Senay OF 6-1 205 L/R 18 South Park HS (PA)
39 Chad Duling SS 6-0 175 R/R 18 Bishop Carroll Catholic HS (KS)
40 Ben Bechtol C 5-10 195 R/R 18 Neshannock HS (PA)
41 Larry Balkwill C 6-4 185 R/R 17 Ursuline College Chatham (ON)
42 Nicholas Avila RHP 6-2 220 R/R 20 Central Florida Community College
43 Andrew Allen 1B 6-1 225 R/R 19 Central Arizona College
44 Charles Markson RF 6-2 180 R/R 18 Whitefish Bay HS (WI)
45 James Brennan RF 6-0 185 L/L 18 Suffern HS (NY)
46 Nathan Goro 3B 6-0 185 R/R 18 Lafayette HS (MO)
47 Kevin Chambers LHP 6-3 210 L/L 19 Capistrano Valley HS (CA)
48 Jake Porcello RHP 6-2 195 R/R 18 Seton Hall Prep School (NJ)
49 Cameron Giannini RHP 6-4 210 R/R 17 Hargrave Military Academy (VA)
50 Nicholas Rosthenhausler LF 6-0 200 L/R 20 South Mountain Community College (AZ)


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06/11/2009 10:06 AM ET
Detroit Tigers Foundation grant assists field renovations
Eagle Sports Club dedicates two renovated fields

DETROIT - Detroit's favorite Mascot, PAWS, joins Eagle Sports Club's 2009 Summer Baseball Opening Day celebration on Saturday, June 13 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The event will include a dedication ceremony for two Balduck Memorial Park baseball field renovations, made possible in part by a grant awarded last season from the Detroit Tigers Foundation and Major League Baseball's Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

In addition to the field dedication, there will be the annual Eagle Sports Club baseball parade, an inflatable carnival ride, the Universal Antique Ambulance, a St. John Emergency "Fun" Tent, and a presentation by Detroit City Council member, Alberta Tinsley-Talabi.

The Balduck Memorial Park field renovations benefited from one of 11 grants awarded in 2008 by the Detroit Tigers Foundation. This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation presented over $200,000 in grants to 15 organizations during an on-field, pregame ceremony in May. The grants will directly assist nearly 6,000 youth through a variety of baseball-related programs, including the renovation of 20 baseball or softball fields throughout Michigan.

The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, 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. Visit www.detroittigersfoundation.org for more information about the grant application process.

Balduck Memorial Park is located at 5271 Canyon Road in Detroit.


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06/12/2009 2:17 PM ET
Top high school baseball talent showcased June 16 at Comerica Park
Get a first-hand look at the stars of tomorrow

While the Tigers are on the road, the games continue at Comerica Park. This Tuesday, June 16, Michigan all-star high school baseball players will showcase their talent in the 28th annual Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Classic.

Since 1981, the MHSBCA has hosted an all-star game featuring the top baseball talent in the state of Michigan. For the third consecutive year, the game is presented by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, in an effort to strengthen the game of baseball in the state while Michigan's best players are on display.

The game will feature 36 of the best senior players from public and private high schools throughout Michigan, as selected by the Coaches Association.

The All-Star Classic annually features Michigan draft prospects. This year, five players - Daniel Fields (UD Jesuit and son of former Tigers coach Bruce Fields), Derek Dennis (Forest Hills Central), Mike Schaaf (Arthur Hill), Almon (Victor) Roache (Lincoln), and Patrick Biondi (Divine Child) - were selected in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. Fields, Roache and Biondi were drafted by the Detroit Tigers organization in this past week's Major League Baseball draft.

Tickets are available for $5 at the door. Kids who wear their little league uniforms gain free admission. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. with gates opening at 6:00 p.m.


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