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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:07 am



06/18/2009 10:25 AM ET
Tigers host Brewers and Cubs in Interleague Play
Special Ticket Deals, Fireworks Show Friday, Kids Day Sunday

The Detroit Tigers welcome the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, June 19 for a three-game series to begin a six-game homestand. Friday's game is at 7:05 p.m., Saturday's game begins at 4:10 p.m. and Sunday's game is at 1:05 p.m. The Brewers make their third visit to Comerica Park and first since 2007. The Tigers hold an all-time record of 112-96 versus Milwaukee in Detroit.

Following a Tigers off-day, the Chicago Cubs visit Detroit for three games, June 23-25. Tuesday and Wednesday's games start at 7:05 p.m. while Thursday's game is at 1:05 p.m. The Cubs make their second visit to Comerica Park, last doing so in 2001. This marks the fifth meeting between the two organizations during interleague play, with the Tigers posting an 8-3 record.

Friday Night Fireworks, Sunday Kids Day and a Magglio Ordoñez Youth Sunglasses giveaway on Sunday Kids Day and Father's Day, highlight the homestand.

Fans can purchase a June Double Play, two Upper Box tickets for $39 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49, a savings of up to $29, available for the Milwaukee series.

Additionally, a July Double Play, two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49, or a Super Summer Special, a mezzanine ticket for $10 - normally $15, are available all Monday-Thursday July home games.

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 19 - Fireworks Show - Brewers @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Ann Fidrych, widow of former Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • 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 ALS of Michigan, Inc, a voluntary, not-for-profit organization solely dedicated to the fight against ALS, for Friday and Saturday's 50-50 Charity raffle. For more information about ALS of Michigan, Inc., visit www.alsofmichigan.org. The Detroit Tigers Foundation holds a 50-50 Charity raffle every Friday and Saturday game throughout the season. Tickets are sold from 5:30 p.m. until the end of the second inning throughout the concourse, at entry gates and at the 50-50 Charity raffle table near Gate A. Tickets are three-for-$5 with the winning ticket announced after the sixth inning. To date, the 50-50 Charity
raffle has raised close to $50,000 with nearly $25,000 going directly to charities, and the single largest prize was $8,065.

Saturday, June 20 - Brewers @ 4:10 p.m. (Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)

  • Sheila Taormina, four-time Olympian and Michigan native (Livonia), and Kathleen Brooks, PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us Finalist, will throw the ceremonial first pitches.

During a pregame, on-field ceremony the Detroit Tigers will recognize participants of the Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run sectionals, held at Comerica Park from 7:30-9:00 a.m. Wyatt Scribner (White Lake), Shane Jackson (Harper Woods), Andrew Jacoby (Muskegon), Theodore Day (Canton), Brendan Davenport (Ypsilanti), Brant Rago (Berrien Center), Cole Anderson (Chesterfield), Tanner Tallman (Fenton), Drew Blakely (Galesburg), Tyler Brooks (Canton), Jared Schrauben (Portland), Kyle Valden (Milford), Zack Hoffman (Mount Pleasant), Kyle Rago (Berrien Center), Mike Lentine (Howell) and Toby Raymond (Romulus) will showcase their skills in pitching, hitting and running. The competition is a national grassroots initiative in which youth ages 7-14 have the opportunity to display their baseball skills. Winners of the sectional competition have the opportunity to compete in the National Finals prior to the MLB All-Star Game.

Six children will receive tickets for Saturday's game and a special on-field photo opportunity, compliments of BLUE for Kids, founded in 2006 by Major League Baseball Umpires to enrich the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness by providing memorable sports experiences, supporting pediatric care and raising awareness of foster care
children waiting to be adopted.

Sunday, June 21 - Magglio Ordoñez Sunglasses - Brewers @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)


  • Christina Lovgren, PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us Finalist, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Magglio Ordoñez Youth Sunglasses courtesy of the Detroit Medical Center.
  • The Detroit Tigers will honor 500 fathers attending the game on-field in recognition of Father's Day

The Detroit Tigers donated 250 tickets for Sunday's game to prostate cancer survivors, researchers, advocates and their families. Select survivors, researchers and advocates will be recognized on the field prior to the game. During the game, Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers will join the Prostate Cancer Foundation to heighten awareness of prostate cancer and support its eventual eradication as players and umpires wear light blue wristbands and blue ribbon decals. For more information, visit www.prostatecancerfoundation.org.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every kid receiving Magglio Ordoñez Sunglasses, 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.

Tuesday, June 23 - Cubs @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Alfred Jones, Detroit native and 1968 Olympic bronze medalist boxer, will throw the ceremonial first pitch in recognition of Global Olympic Day.

From 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., the Detroit Medical Center and the Detroit Tigers will host a free baseball clinic for youth ages 10-15 at Comerica Park. Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones, head trainer Kevin Rand, strength and conditioning coordinator Javair Gillette and bullpen catcher Scott Pickens will instruct 200 participants on the proper baseball fundamentals as well as physical conditioning.

Wednesday, June 24 - Cubs @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 25 - Cubs @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • Taylor Hicks, season five "American Idol" winner, will sing the national anthem.
  • 97.1 The Ticket will broadcast live from The Jungle from 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

TIGERS VALUE OFFERS AT COMERICA PARK

  • All New Era Adjustable Caps will be 20 percent off in any Team Store.
  • June Double Play - Two Upper Box tickets for $39 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 are available for the Milwaukee series.
  • July Double Play - Two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 are available for all Monday-Thursday Tigers home games.
  • Super Summer Special - All Mezzanine tickets, regularly $15, are available for $10 all Monday-Thursday Tigers July home games.
  • Party Suites Plus - Suites are on sale now for select Tigers home games in June and July and include a $300 food credit with tickets starting as low as $85 per person. For tickets call 313-471-BALL.
  • Detroit Tigers Fantasy Batting Practice - Swing for the fences at Comerica Park on Saturday, June 27 and hit pitches thrown by a former Tigers player. Call 313-471-2550 for tickets.
  • $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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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:09 am



06/19/2009 5:14 PM ET
Tigers recall Catcher Dusty Ryan

The Tigers today announced the club has recalled the contract of catcher Dusty Ryan from Triple A Toledo.

Ryan was hitting .259 (38x147) with six doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games with Toledo.


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:11 am



06/19/2009 5:21 PM ET
Tigers extend Jim Leyland's contract through 2011 season

The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has extended the contract of manager Jim Leyland for two years, through the 2011 season.

Leyland is in his fourth season managing the Tigers after being named the club's 36th manager on October 4, 2005. He led the Tigers to the World Series as the American League Champions in 2006 and the club has compiled a 292-260 record during his tenure.

"We are happy to announce a two-year contract extension for Jim Leyland today," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "Jim is an outstanding manager and he has done a great job for the Tigers. We look forward to Jim leading our club for years to come."

He was tabbed the American League Manager of the Year by both the Baseball Writers Association of America and The Sporting News in 2006 after guiding the Tigers to the franchise's first playoff berth since 1987. It marked the third time he was named manager of the year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, while it was the fourth time he earned the honor from The Sporting News.

Prior to returning to the Tigers organization at the club's manager, he managed for 14 seasons at the major league level with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-96), Florida Marlins (1997-98) and Colorado Rockies (1999). Leyland guided the Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997 and the Pirates to three consecutive division championships (1990-92). Additionally, he spent six seasons (2000-05) as a major league scout with the St. Louis Cardinals, scouting National League clubs from PNC Park and American League clubs from Progressive Field.

His baseball career began as a catcher in the Tigers minor league system in 1964 and continued as a coach at Montgomery in 1970 and Rocky Mount during the first half of the 1971 season. Leyland received his first managerial experience at Bristol in 1971. He managed for a total of 11 seasons in the Tigers organization before joining the Chicago White Sox as Tony LaRussa's third base coach in 1982. Leyland held that position with the White Sox before being named the 33rd manager in Pirates franchise history on November 20, 1985.

Leyland resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Katie and their two children Patrick (10/11/91) and Kellie (6/23/93).


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:13 am



06/20/2009 10:42 AM ET
Figaro Recalled from Erie
Sardinha Designated for Assignment

The Tigers today recalled the contract of righthanded pitcher Alfredo Figaro from Double A Erie.

To create room on the club's 25-man roster, the Tigers designated for assignment the contract of catcher Dane Sardinha today.

Figaro started 11 games for Erie, posting a 5-2 record, 4.10 ERA (68.0IP/31ER) and 59 strikeouts.

Sardinha batted .097 (3x31) in 12 games with the Tigers.


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:24 am

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:27 pm



06/22/2009 1:56 PM ET
Tigers host Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Select tickets remain for games between the storied franchises

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers host the Chicago Cubs for three games beginning Tuesday, June 23. Tuesday and Wednesday's games start at 7:05 p.m. while Thursday's game is at 1:05 p.m. The Cubs make their second trip to Comerica Park, last visiting in 2001. This marks the fifth year the two organizations have met during interleague play, with the Tigers posting an 8-3 record.

Tickets are available for this tradition-rich rivalry 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.

Interleague play doesn't quite tell the entire history between the two century-old franchises. The Tigers made three consecutive World Series appearances from 1907-09, but came up short in all three series. The first two at the hands of the Chicago Cubs, who won the 1907 series in a four-game sweep (Game 1 ended in a tie) and the 1908 series in five games.

The Tigers would have their revenge, defeating the Cubs in six games in the 1935 World Series, giving Detroit the franchise's first world championship. Detroit won game six at Navin Field in front of 48,420 faithful Tigers fans.

Ten years later, in 1945, the two historical franchises met for the last time in postseason play. In Game 7 of the World Series, the Tigers defeated the Cubs, 9-3, in front of 41,590 fans at Wrigley Field. It marked the last time the Chicago Cubs appeared in a World Series, while the Tigers have gone on to appear in the 1968, 1984 and 2006 World Series, last being crowned world champions 25 years ago in 1984.


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:01 pm



06/23/2009 11:53 AM ET
Tigers host first-ever live Twitter event
Fans encouraged to ask questions during Tigers-Cubs game on Wednesday


The Detroit Tigers will host the club's first-ever live Twitter event this Wednesday, June 23 as the team and special guests will answer questions from followers of their official Twitter page, @official_tigers. The Twitter event will start at 7:00 p.m. and continue until the seventh inning stretch of their home game against the Chicago Cubs. The Tigers encourage all followers of @official_tigers to visit tigers.com/tweetevent for the event details and to follow along for the opportunity to win tickets to a future Tigers home game.

"We are looking forward to fielding the questions from our fans and having an open dialogue," said Ellen Hill Zeringue, the Tigers' Vice President of Marketing. "We've identified social media as a valuable relationship building vehicle and it's exciting to give fans this access during a live game."


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL DETROIT TIGERS PRESS RELEASES   Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:38 am



06/24/2009 12:09 PM ET
Detroit Tigers host environmental trade show
Free, public event, showcasing 'Green' friendly causes and practices

DETROIT - As the Detroit Tigers host the Chicago White Sox, July 24-26, Comerica Park will be "Going, Going, GREEN!" The weekend is designed to educate Tigers fans about reducing their carbon footprints, highlighting what the Tigers are doing to become more environmentally friendly, and showcasing the green businesses and services of the present and future. On Saturday, July 25, the first 10,000 fans entering Comerica Park will receive a Detroit Tigers "Going, Going, GREEN!" reusable shopping bag.

From 12:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, the Tigers will host the "Going, Going, GREEN!" Trade Show outside of the Comerica Park main gates. This free event is designed for Tigers fans and the public to learn more about green initiatives while viewing products and services related to environmental causes and practices of green businesses. A game ticket is not required to attend the trade show.

The "Going, Going, GREEN!" Trade Show exhibitors will be offering products and services related to environmental causes and practices. Businesses interested in displaying products or services as exhibitors can log onto www.tigers.com/green or e-mail inquiries to going.green@detroittigers.com. Due to space limitations, space will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

The Detroit Tigers began making environmentally conscious improvements in 2007 with the installation of the Tiger Den seats, which are comprised of recycled plastic milk jugs. During the offseason, lighting is reduced throughout the ballpark and the HVAC systems are monitored to reduce energy costs. In the future, the Tigers are looking to replace light bulbs with new, high energy rated bulbs which will reduce the number of watts used.

Excess food is packed and then distributed to homeless shelters throughout Metro Detroit. Large recycling containers - resembling a bottle - were placed throughout Comerica Park prior to the season and are used to recycle plastic bottles. All other garbage is taken to a transfer station where recyclables are removed and sent to a recycling company.

The Tigers are pleased to have Natural Awakenings Magazine and michiganhealthyliving.com as media sponsors of the "Going, Going, GREEN!" weekend and Trade Show.


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06/25/2009 9:09 AM ET
Tigers agree to terms with two players from Draft

The Tigers today announced that the club has agreed to terms with two players selected in this year's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft: shortstop Edwin Gomez (4th round selection) and lefthanded pitcher Giovanni Soto (21st round selection).

Additionally, the club has agreed to terms with non-drafted free agent outfielder Jordan Cruz from Kansas State University.


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06/29/2009 12:21 PM ET
MLB, 'People' and the Detroit Tigers announce local community "All-Star" to be honored at All-Star Game
Kathleen Brooks to be featured in special pre-game ceremony on FOX; nearly three quarters of a million votes cast across the nation for all 30 winners

Major League Baseball, PEOPLE and the Detroit Tigers today announced Kathleen Brooks as the Tigers "All-Star" of the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, which recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways. Out of the three "All-Star" finalists representing the Tigers, Brooks from Sterling Heights has been chosen by fans across the nation for her community service through Be The Match Registry, a national marrow donor program. Brooks will be honored during the pre-game ceremony at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14 on FOX, at which President Barack Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The "All-Stars Among Us" program is central to the 2009 MLB All-Star Summer events dedicated to charitable initiatives and recognition of the important role of community service. Nearly three quarters of a million votes were cast at PeopleAllStars.com by fans across the nation to select the 30 "All-Stars Among Us" winners (one per MLB Club) out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities.

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, she has secured more than 1,000 potential donors under the USPS Delivering the Gift of Life Campaign.

The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised in more than 200 countries and territories by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.

Major League Baseball dedicated its 2009 All-Star Game and surrounding events to raising funds and awareness for charitable initiatives and celebrating the importance of community service. The charity and community service initiatives, which are themed "Going Beyond," will be the most extensive in Major League Baseball All-Star history. In addition, Major League Baseball is supporting President Obama's call for community service through "United We Serve," a program which encourages Americans to engage in sustained and meaningful community service. President Obama is encouraging all Americans to visit www.serve.gov to find service opportunities in their area.

"The All-Stars Among Us winners are making a significant impact in their communities with a selfless dedication to very important causes," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Major League Baseball is proud to honor this impressive group of people whose achievements demonstrate the renewed sense of community service that will make our nation an example for the world."

"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."

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 extends the PEOPLE "Heroes Among Us" franchise.


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06/29/2009 4:37 PM ET
Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge to host charity event July 9 at Comerica Park
Tickets for 'Keeping Kids in the Game' now available

DETROIT - Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge will host Keeping Kids in the Game, presented by Hoot McInerney, on Thursday, July 9 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. The event, held underneath the lights at Comerica Park, will feature Guillen, Inge and their teammates during an evening of exclusive ballpark access - including field and clubhouse access, dinner and drinks, the opportunity to meet Tigers players, priceless auction items, and a private fireworks show.

"The Keeping Kids in the Game event is a great way to support children's health and youth baseball, while experiencing a unique night with your favorite Tigers players," said Jordan Field, Director, Detroit Tigers Foundation.

Money raised during the event will benefit DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Fundaciòn Chamos Venezolanos and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities.

Hoot McInerny, the presenting sponsor of Keeping Kids in the Game, is a local automotive dealer. McInerney is joined by a host of other sponsors including: Tremco Inc., Campbell-Ewald, DNC Sportservice, Take 2 Authentics, Ignite Creative, Sterling Vineyards, Timothy R Schmakel and Michael Kraemer DDS, MD, PC, Johnnie on the Spot, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Pepsi, David Wachler and Sons, Edy's, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Room 101 Silver, Bacardi, Camacho Cigars, Frito Lay, Knight's, Bookies Bar and Grille, Kohls and Ginapolis.

Space is limited, so purchase tickets now by visiting www.detroittigersfoundation.org or calling 313-471-2113.


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07/01/2009 3:46 PM ET
Tigers host division rival Royals on Monday to begin six-game homestand
$15 mezzanine tickets for just $10 available for Kansas City series

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers host the American League Central foe Kansas City Royals on Monday, July 6 for a three-game series to begin a six-game homestand. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's games are at 7:05 p.m. Following a Tigers off-day, the Cleveland Indians arrive in Detroit for three games beginning on Friday, July 10. Friday and Saturday's games begin at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday's game starts at 1:05 p.m.

Elvis Night, the 15th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, three giveaways - a 1984 World Series 25th Anniversary Floppy Hat, a Detroit Stars Commemorative Cap and an Edwin Jackson Poster - Friday and Saturday Night Fireworks and Sunday Kids Day highlight the first Tigers homestand of July.

Available for all Monday-Thursday July home games, fans can purchase a July Double Play, two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 - a savings of $15, or a Super Summer Special, a $15 mezzanine ticket for $10.

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

Monday, July 6 - Floppy Hat - Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • Commander Scott Howell of the United States Navy and a native of Wyandotte, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Commander Howell recently returned from Kuwait after serving his third tour of duty.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a 1984 World Series 25th Anniversary Floppy Hat courtesy of National Coney Island.

Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordoñez will present Yanet Plascencia with the Ordoñez Family Scholarship during an on-field, pregame ceremony. Plascencia graduated from Western International High School in Southwest Detroit with a 3.9 grade point average - one of the top students in her class. She has been a pitcher on the Western International High School softball team for four years. Plascencia will attend the University of Detroit Mercy in 2009 and will major in engineering. The Ordoñez Family Scholarship is a permanently endowed college scholarship administered by the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan to benefit a graduating high school senior from Southwest Detroit. The scholarship was established in 2008 through the generosity of Ordoñez and his wife, Dagly.

Tuesday, July 7 - Elvis Night - Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Put on some blue suede shoes and rock 'n' roll your way to Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers first ever Elvis Night, sponsored by 94.7 WCSX. Celebrate The King of rock 'n' roll in style, complete with live music, Elvis tribute artists, an Elvis impersonator contest, a classic car display, and exciting giveaways including Elvis bobbleheads, Elvis' greatest hits CDs, Elvis wigs and sunglasses, a pair of blue suede shoes and much more.


  • Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Darrin Hagel, a Detroit native, will be performing the national anthem. He will also sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch.
  • Acclaimed Elvis tribute artist Fred Wolfe will perform 15 of Elvis' greatest hits from 5:30-6:45 p.m. in the Big Cat Court.
  • A children's Elvis look-a-like contest, sponsored by 94.7 WCSX, will take place in Labatt Blue Light Jungle Bar from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Winners will take home autographed memorabilia, Cedar Point day passes, the opportunity for an on-field photo and much more. Age groups are five-10 years old and 11-16 years old.
  • Five Elvis tribute artists will be available throughout the Comerica Park concourse from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for fan interaction and photo opportunities.
  • A 1960 Cadillac, 1965 Comet and 1954 Falcon will be among 15 classic cars from the 1940s, 50s and 60s on display from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Witherell Street, courtesy of The Ford Mercury Restorers Club and Joe Thomas and Marianne Peggie.

Former Tigers great Willie Horton will present Jazmine Gaymon, a valedictorian from Northwestern High School, with the Willie Horton Scholarship during an on-field, pregame ceremony. Gaymon served as an editor for the yearbook, vice president of the National Honors Society, president of Close Up Club and was recognized for her community service by the Black United Fund of Michigan. Gaymon will attend Michigan State University in 2009 and major in engineering with an emphasis on computer information systems. Established in 2008 to honor Tigers legend Willie Horton, the permanently endowed college scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior from Northwestern High School in Detroit, Horton's alma mater, and is administered by the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.

Wednesday, July 8 - 39th Annual Polish American Night - Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • Rob Szczublewski will sing both the American and Polish national anthems.
  • Tom Lisiecki, Polish Roman Catholic Union of America National Director, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Specialist Sean Steven of the United States Army and a native of Romeo, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Specialist Steven recently returned from his first tour of duty in Iraq and is expected to deploy for a second tour in January.

Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and wife, Kelly, will visit patients at DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Each patient will be given a Gerald Laird autographed copy of "The ABC's of Detroit Tigers Baseball," a children's book that covers the game of baseball from A to Z. Patients will also receive a pack of Major League Baseball Fathead Tradeables, courtesy of Fathead.

TIGERS VALUE OFFERS AT COMERICA PARK


  • 20% Discount on select T-shirts in any Team Store.
  • July Double Play - Two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 are available for all Monday-Thursday Tigers home games.
  • Super Summer Special - All Mezzanine tickets, regularly $15, are available for $10 all Monday-Thursday Tigers July home games.
  • Party Suites Plus - Suites are on sale now for select Tigers home games in July and include a $300 food credit with tickets starting as low as $85 per person. For tickets call 313-471-BALL.
  • $5 Single-game tickets available for every Tigers home game.
  • $5 Kids Value Meals every game - includes a hot dog, chips, juice box and a PAWS finger puppet.
  • $5 Adult Value Meals every game - includes a hot dog, chips and a soda.
  • $5 Parking available in Lots M, R, P and Q between Cass and Grand River along Columbia.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS / GIVEAWAYS / COMMUNITY EVENTS


  • Thursday, July 9 - Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge will host Keeping Kids in the Game, presented by Hoot McInerney, from 7:00-11:00 p.m. at Comerica Park. Money raised during the event will benefit children's health and youth baseball. For tickets and more information, visit www.detroittigersfoundation.org or call 313-471-2113.
  • Friday-Sunday, July 10-12 - 7th Annual Negro Leagues Weekend Celebration, sponsored by Comerica Bank.
  • Friday, July 10 - 3rd Annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition will take place from 5:40-6:40 p.m. at the Big Cat Court.
  • Saturday, July 11- 15th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game.
  • Saturday, July 11 - First 10,000 fans will receive a Detroit Stars Commemorative Cap, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
  • Saturday, July 11 - Tigers infielder Adam Everett and Tigers outfielder Ryan Raburn will sign autographs at the ABC Warehouse in Troy from 12:30-1:30 p.m., benefiting Gloves For Kids.
  • Sunday, July 12 - All kids 14-and-younger will receive an Edwin Jackson Poster, courtesy of Meijer.
  • Monday, July 13 - Tigers legend Willie Horton will host the 8th Annual Willie Horton's Batting for Kids, a youth baseball clinic promoting the development and enrichment of Detroit Public School students, at Comerica Park from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


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07/05/2009 2:53 PM ET
Vote Inge for the 2009 All-Star Game Final Vote
Voting begins today on tigers.com and continues until Thursday at 4:00 PM

Major League Baseball today announced the candidates for the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote. Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge is among the final five candidates to join Tigers teammates Curtis Granderson, Edwin Jackson and Justin Verlander for the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 14, 2009.

Fans can begin voting for Inge on www.tigers.com today and can continue voting until balloting concludes at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 9. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

Fans who vote for Inge on the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote ballot on www.tigers.com will be automatically entered to win a Brandon Inge autographed bat.

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07/06/2009 11:43 AM ET
Detroit Tigers host organizations first-ever Elvis Night
$15 mezzanine tickets for just $10 available for Elvis Night

Detroit - Put on some blue suede shoes and rock 'n' roll your way to Comerica Park on Tuesday, July 7 for the Detroit Tigers first-ever Elvis Night, sponsored by 94.7 WCSX, as the Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals at 7:05 p.m. Celebrate The King of Rock 'n' Roll in style, complete with live music, Elvis tribute artists, a kids' Elvis impersonator contest, a classic car display, and exciting giveaways including Elvis bobbleheads, Elvis' greatest hits CDs, Elvis wigs and sunglasses, a pair of blue suede shoes and much more.


Elvis Tribute Artists
• Acclaimed Elvis tribute artist Fred Wolfe will perform 15 of Elvis' greatest hits from 5:30-6:45 p.m. in the Big Cat Court. Come watch Wolfe match Elvis' trademark enthusiasm and moves that made him a rock 'n' roll legend.
• Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Darrin Hagel, a Detroit native, will perform the national anthem. He will also sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch.
• Five Elvis tribute artists will be available throughout the Comerica Park concourse from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for fan interaction and photo opportunities.


"Lil' Elvis Impersonators" Contest
• A children's Elvis look-a-like contest, sponsored by 94.7 WCSX, will take place in the Labatt Blue Light Jungle from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Two finalists from each age group (5-10; 11-16) will appear on top of the dugouts at the end of the third inning, with winners declared upon crowd reaction. Winners, announced during the seventh inning, have the opportunity to take home autographed memorabilia, Cedar Point day passes, the opportunity for an on-field photo, tickets to future Tigers home games and much more.


Classic Car Display
• A 1960 Cadillac, 1965 Comet and 1954 Falcon will be among 15 classic cars from the 1940s, 50s and 60s on display from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Witherell Street, courtesy of The Ford Mercury Restorers Club and automobile enthusiasts, Joe Thomas and Marianne Peggie.

Tickets are available, including a July Double Play - two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 - a savings of $15, or a Super Summer Special, a $15 mezzanine ticket for $10, 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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07/06/2009 2:02 PM ET
Ordoñez Family Scholarship winner to be honored

DETROIT – Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordoñez will present the 2009 Ordoñez Family Scholarship to Yanet Plascencia during an on-field ceremony at Comerica Park prior to tonight's 7:05 p.m. game versus Kansas City.

Plascencia graduated from Western International High School in southwest Detroit with a 3.9 grade point average – one of the top students in her class. She pitched on the Western International High School softball team for four years. Plascencia will attend the University of Detroit Mercy this fall and will major in engineering.

The Ordoñez Family Scholarship is a permanently endowed college scholarship administered by the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan to benefit a graduating high school senior from Southwest Detroit. The scholarship was established in 2008 through the generosity of Ordoñez and his wife, Dagly.

Plascencia and the scholarship committee members will enjoy the game from Detroit Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski's suite.

The scholarship is a $2,500 award that is renewable for up to four years (for a total of $10,000).

Last year's scholarship recipient, Emma Aviles, completed her first year at Madonna University and will receive her second installment of $2,500 toward her sophomore year.


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07/06/2009 3:47 PM ET
Detroit Tigers great Willie Horton to chat live with fans
Fans encouraged to submit questions during Tigers-Royals game Tuesday

DETROIT – Tigers great Willie Horton will chat live with fans on www.tigers.com from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday as the Detroit Tigers host the Kansas City Royals. Horton, who now serves the Tigers as a Special Assistant to the President, played 14 of his 18 major league seasons with Detroit.

Fans can log onto www.tigers.com beginning at 5:00 p.m. to submit questions to be answered by Horton. The live web chat is the second such event the Tigers have held, hosting a live Twitter event on June 23 as the Tigers took on the Chicago Cubs.

The Tigers tonight host the American League Central foe Kansas City Royals for a three-game series to begin a six-game homestand. All three games are at 7:05 p.m. Following a Tigers off day, the Cleveland Indians arrive in Detroit for three games beginning on Friday, July 10. Friday and Saturday's games begin at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday's game starts at 1:05 p.m.


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07/07/2009 11:33 PM ET
Win a fantasy package by voting Brandon Inge
Vote Inge 100 times in 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers fans who vote for Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge at least 100 times in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote are now eligible to win a "Deliver the Game Ball to the Mound" fantasy package.

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows a fan to deliver the game ball to the pitcher's mound prior to the first pitch and two infield box seats and parking for the Tigers game on Tuesday, August 4. Additionally, the winner will receive a Tigers batting practice jersey, dinner for two in the Champions Club, a picture taken at the pitcher's mound during game ball delivery and a scoreboard announcement of the winner's name as they deliver the game ball.

Vote for Inge online at www.tigers.com/vote. Fans have until 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 9 to vote. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.


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07/08/2009 1:23 PM ET
Tigers host seventh annual Negro Leagues Weekend
15th annual Negro Leagues tribute game this Saturday

The Detroit Tigers host the franchise's seventh annual Negro Leagues Weekend July 10-12, sponsored by Comerica Bank and Radio One, as the Tigers host the Cleveland Indians. On Saturday, July 11 the Tigers will represent the Detroit Stars while the Indians represent the Cleveland Buckeyes during the 15th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game. The seventh annual Negro Leagues Weekend marks the first -- and longest running -- three-day celebration of its kind in Major League Baseball.

Ten former Negro Leagues players, current and former Tigers players and special guests come together for a weekend full of events celebrating the contributions of Negro Leagues players to the game of baseball.

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.

The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, has partnered with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 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. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, and programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins.

Friday, July 10 - Indians @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • Vickie Winans, Detroit native and six-time Grammy nominee, will perform the national anthem.
  • Karen Stearnes Dye, granddaughter of Norman "Turkey" Stearnes, a Hall of Famer who was one of the Negro Leagues most feared hitters and played for the Detroit Stars from 1923-31, 1933, 1937 during a baseball career that lasted from 1920-45, will throw a ceremonial first pitch.
  • Derrick Coleman, former NBA forward, will throw a ceremonial first pitch.
  • Kadir Nelson, author of "We Are the Ship - The Story of Negro League Baseball," will sign copies of his book at Gate A from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.
  • From 5:40-6:40 the top-10 finalists of the Detroit Stars Singing Competition will compete in the Big Cat Court, hosted by Jay Blak of Radio One. The top-two finalists will perform during an on-field sing-off Saturday night after the conclusion of the ballgame and prior to the Saturday Night Fireworks.
  • The Second Annual Negro Leagues Weekend Passing of the Bat Ceremony will be held during an on-field, pregame ceremony. Tigers legend Willie Horton, former Tigers player, member of the 1984 World Champions and current FSD broadcaster Rod Allen and current Tigers players Marcus Thames and Curtis Granderson will pass the bat to the Tigers sixth and 25th MLB June draft selections, Daniel Fields and Victor Roache, respectively.
  • During the game, Negro Leagues merchandise will be sold throughout the concourse by Tony Dee's Negro Leagues Apparel and Head and Toe Apparel.

Saturday, July 11 - Detroit Stars Cap - Indians @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a Detroit Stars Commemorative Cap courtesy of Comerica Bank, a proud supporter of Tigers baseball and the annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game.
  • The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, an internationally acclaimed youth development program that concentrates on helping young artists excel on stage and in life, will perform the national anthem.
  • The Comerica Charitable Foundation will present the Mosaic Youth Theatre a $5,000 contribution in support of their program during an on-field, pregame ceremony.
  • Former Negro Leagues player Melvin "Buck" Duncan will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Former Negro Leagues players will participate in a Q&A Negro Leagues Player Roundtable discussion, hosted by John Mason, from 5:30-6:00 p.m. at the Big Cat Court.
  • Tigers great Willie Horton will sign copies of his book, "The People's Champion," at Gate A from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Former Negro Leagues players Frank Crossan, Joe Douse, Melvin "Buck" Duncan, Harold "Bee-Bop" Gordon, Gene Johnson, Marvin Jones, Alton King, James "Bullet" Moore, Ron "Schoolboy" Teasley and Cecil Kaiser will be honored during an on-field, pregame ceremony, hosted by John Mason.
  • During the game, Negro Leagues merchandise will be sold throughout the concourse by Tony Dee's Negro Leagues Apparel and Head and Toe Apparel.
  • Immediately following the game, two finalists from Friday night's Detroit Stars Singing Competition will compete in an on-field sing-off prior to the start of the Saturday Night Fireworks. Hosted by Reggie Reg of Radio One, the two finalists will be judged based upon crowd reaction. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and the opportunity to sing the national anthem at a future Tigers home game.
  • Saturday Night's Fireworks, presented by Verizon Wireless, will be dedicated to Michael Jackson. The fireworks will be accompanied by a medley of The King of Pop's greatest hits.

Sunday, July 12 - Edwin Jackson Player Poster- Indians @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • All Kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Edwin Jackson Player Poster courtesy of Meijer.
  • Gates Brown, former Tigers player and member of the 1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers, will be honored during an on-field, pregame ceremony to commemorate the recent dedication of his hometown Crestline High School's (Ohio) dedication of its baseball diamond in honor of Brown.

FORMER NEGRO LEAGUES PLAYERS APPEARING


  • Frank Crossan: A pitcher for the Memphis Red Sox and former roommate of 1956 Negro Leagues All-Star, Charley Pride.
  • Joe Douse: A pitcher for the Kansas City Monarchs, 1952-53. While with the Monarchs, he struck out 15 Memphis Red Birds during a game.
  • Melvin "Buck" Duncan: From 1949-56, he pitched for the Kansas City Monarchs and the Detroit Stars. Before his Negro League career, he posted a 19-1 record while pitching for the United States Army baseball team.
  • Harold "Bee-Bop" Gordon: A member of the Chicago American Giants from 1950-51, the longest continuous franchise in Negro League history. He also pitched in the 1954 Negro Leagues All-Star game as a member of the Detroit Stars.
  • Gene Johnson: Played first and third base for the Detroit Stars in 1956-57.
  • Marvin Jones: Pitched for the Kansas City Monarchs during the 1954-55 seasons.
  • Cecil Kaiser: Played for the Detroit Stars from 1938-1940, the Motor City Giants in 1941, the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1942 and the Homestead Gray's from 1945-47.
  • Alton King: Came to Detroit in 1942 and played with the Motor City Giants from 1942-45 as their player/manager. He also played for the Detroit Wolves from 1946-49.
  • James "Bullet" Moore: Played for the Detroit Stars, Motor City Giants and the Detroit Brown Bombers.
  • Ron "Schoolboy" Teasley: A Detroit native, he played for the Detroit Cubs, Toledo Cubs, Toledo Crawfords, Toledo Rays, Detroit Wolves and New York Cubans from 1939-48. He is a member of Wayne State University's Hall of Fame, and has worked for 20 years as an educator and baseball coach at Northwestern High School in Detroit.


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07/08/2009 2:44 PM ET
Vote Bran Torino
Vote Brandon Inge and Shane Victorino to the 2009 All-Star Game

The Detroit Tigers have teamed with the Philadelphia Phillies to vote for both Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge and Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote.

The Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies organizations, two of baseball's most storied franchises, are encouraging businesses located throughout Michigan and Pennsylvania to allow their employees time today and tomorrow to vote for Inge and Victorino.

Tigers fans who vote for Inge at least 100 times on www.tigers.com in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote are now eligible to win a "Deliver the Game Ball to the Mound" fantasy package.

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows a fan to deliver the game ball to the pitcher's mound prior to the first pitch and two infield box seats and parking for the Tigers game on Tuesday, August 4. Additionally, the winner will receive a Tigers batting practice jersey, dinner for two in the Champions Club, a picture taken at the pitcher's mound during game ball delivery and a scoreboard announcement of the winner's name as they deliver the game ball.

Vote for Inge and Victorino online at www.tigers.com/vote or www.phillies.com. Fans have until 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 9 to vote. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

Mobile voting is available exclusively on Sprint capable mobile phones and fans can send the word "Vote" to 1122 to receive the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote ballot. Standard text rates apply. In Canada, fans should text the word "Vote" to 88555.


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07/08/2009 12:02 PM ET
Thomas recalled, Kelly designated for assignment

The Tigers today have recalled the contract of outfielder Clete Thomas from Triple A Toledo.

To make room for Thomas on the club's 25-man roster, the Tigers have designated the contract of infielder/outfielder Don Kelly for assignment.


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07/09/2009 12:47 PM ET
Tigers host division rival Indians Friday
Negro Leagues Tribute highlights weekend series

The Detroit Tigers host their American League Central rival Cleveland Indians for a three-game series to wrap-up a six-game homestand. Friday and Saturday's games are at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday's contest begins at 1:05 p.m.

The 15th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, two giveaways - a Detroit Stars Commemorative Cap and an Edwin Jackson Poster - Friday and Saturday Night Fireworks and Sunday Kids Day highlight the weekend.

Tickets are available now 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, July 10 - Fireworks Show - Indians @ 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.
  • The Detroit Stars Singing competition will be held in the Big Cat Court from 5:40-6:40 p.m.
  • The Second Annual Negro Leagues Weekend Passing of the Bat Ceremony will be held during an on-field, pregame ceremony.
  • 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 the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, and programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins, 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 more than $33,000 going directly to charities, with the single largest 50-50 winner taking home $4,817.

Saturday, July 11 - Fireworks Show - Indians @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a Detroit Stars Commemorative Cap courtesy of Comerica Bank, a proud supporter of Tigers baseball and the annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game.
  • Sergeant Barry McMurtry of the United States Armed Army, and native of Flint, Mich., will deliver the game ball. Sgt. McMurtry is home on rest leave from Afghanistan while he serves his fourth tour of duty.
  • Former Negro Leagues players Frank Crossan, Joe Douse, Melvin "Buck" Duncan, Harold "Bee-Bop" Gordon, Gene Johnson, Marvin Jones, Alton King, James "Bullet" Moore, Ron "Schoolboy" Teasley and Cecil Kaiser will be honored during an on-field, pregame ceremony, hosted by John Mason.
  • During the 15th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, the Tigers will represent the Detroit Stars while the Indians represent the Cleveland Buckeyes.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon Wireless, are free with game ticket and will immediately follow the game. The fireworks show will honor the musical career of Michael Jackson, featuring a medley of his music during the display.
  • The Detroit Stars Singing competition finals will be held on-field at the conclusion of the game and prior to the fireworks.

Tigers infielder Adam Everett and Tigers outfielder Ryan Raburn will be signing autographs for fans who donate new or gently used baseball equipment, or who provide a monetary donation, at ABC Warehouse at 637 John R Road in Troy 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, July 12 - Edwin Jackson Poster - Indians @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)


  • All Kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Player Poster of 2009 All-Star Edwin Jackson courtesy of Meijer.
  • As part of G-Force Day, all Kids 14-and-younger will receive a card pack to promote the upcoming release of G-Force, the movie.
  • During an on-field, pregame ceremony the Detroit Tigers All-Star selections will be presented with their Majestic All-Star Jerseys.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every kid receiving an Edwin Jackson Poster, 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


  • 20% Discount on select T-shirts in any Team Store.
  • July Double Play - Two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 are available for all Monday-Thursday Tigers home games.
  • Super Summer Special - All Mezzanine tickets, regularly $15, are available for $10 all Monday-Thursday Tigers July home games.
  • Party Suites Plus - Suites are on sale now for select Tigers home games in July and include a $300 food credit with tickets starting as low as $85 per person. For tickets call 313-471-BALL.
  • $5 Single-game tickets available for every Tigers home game.
  • $5 Kids Value Meals every game - includes a hot dog, chips, juice box and a PAWS finger puppet.
  • $5 Adult Value Meals every game - includes a hot dog, chips and a soda.
  • $5 Parking available in Lots M, R, P and Q between Cass and Grand River along Columbia.


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07/09/2009 5:43 PM ET
Victorino, Inge win record-breaking All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote races
Fans of Tigers, Phillies help first-time All-Stars earn St. Louis spots

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino and Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge were chosen by fans as the winners of the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote in record-shattering voting exclusively on MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club sites.

Baseball fans supported the 10 candidates named by All-Star managers Joe Maddon and Charlie Manuel in unprecedented fashion by casting a record 68.6 million votes since the program commenced on Sunday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT). This year's record number of votes represents an increase of 43.5 percent from the previous mark of 47.8 million set in 2008. Since its inception in 2002, the All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote has now recorded nearly 200 million votes.

The National League winner, Victorino, received the highest total number of votes ever, surpassing Evan Longoria's nine million in 2008, and led all vote-getters with 15.6 million en route to becoming the second Phillies player to win the balloting (Bobby Abreu, 2004). He was followed by Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants, Mark Reynolds of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cristian Guzman of the Washington Nationals.

On the American League ballot, Inge became the first Detroit player to win the All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote by holding off Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers to claim the final spot on the All-Star roster with a final tally of 11.8 million votes, the most ever for an American League player. Inge and Kinsler were followed by Chone Figgins of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays; and Adam Lind of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Previous winners of the All-Star Sprint Game Final Vote are: Evan Longoria (AL, 2008); Corey Hart (NL, 2008), Hideki Okajima (AL, 2007); Chris Young (NL, 2007); A.J. Pierzynski (AL, 2006); Nomar Garciaparra (NL, 2006); Scott Podsednik (AL, 2005); Roy Oswalt (NL, 2005); Hideki Matsui (AL, 2004); Bobby Abreu (NL, 2004); Jason Varitek (AL, 2003); Geoff Jenkins (NL, 2003); Johnny Damon (AL, 2002); and Andruw Jones (NL, 2002).


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07/09/2009 5:47 PM ET
Statement from Detroit Tigers President, CEO and General
Manager David Dombrowski on the Final Vote competition

"We're thrilled Brandon has been voted to join his teammates to represent the Detroit Tigers at the All-Star Game. It's a tremendous honor to have such an opportunity. We especially want to thank all Tigers fans for their passionate support in the voting process."


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07/16/2009 2:19 PM ET
Detroit Tigers Host Environmental Trade Show
Free, Public Event, Showcasing 'Green' Friendly Causes and Practices July 24-26

As the Detroit Tigers host the Chicago White Sox, July 24-26, Comerica Park will be "Going, Going, GREEN!". The weekend is designed to educate Tigers fans and the public about how to reduce their carbon footprints, highlight what the Tigers are doing to become more environmentally friendly, and showcase the Michigan green businesses and services of the present and future. On Saturday, July 25, the first 10,000 fans entering Comerica Park will receive a Detroit Tigers "Going, Going, GREEN!" reusable shopping bag.

From 12:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the Tigers will host a "Going, Going, GREEN!" Trade Show outside of the Comerica Park main gates. This local, free event is designed for Tigers fans and the public to learn more about green initiatives while viewing products and services related to environmental causes and practices of green businesses. A game ticket is not required to attend the trade show.

Space is still available for businesses interested in displaying products or services as exhibitors. Log onto www.tigers.com/green or e-mail inquiries to going.green@detroittigers.com.

Among those businesses participating will be DTE Energy and its Detroit Edison and MichCon subsidiaries. The company will showcase its GreenCurrents renewable energy program and its new Your Energy Savings initiative that helps customers save money - and the environment - by using less energy. Additionally, several not-for-profit organizations will provide information on how to live green day-to-day, and local vendors will feature their green products and services, covering everything from cleaning supplies and personal care to vehicles, recycling programs, wind power and energy consultants.

Representatives from the State of Michigan's "No Worker Left Behind Green Jobs Initiative" will be providing information regarding education and training programs available for individuals interested in becoming part of the "green collar" work force. Also, representatives from the Michigan Talent Bank will inform the public about its services for potential employees and employers.

Children can be entertained at the Detroit Science Center's "Launching the Green Machine" program, complete with free handouts and discussions on how to be a caretaker of the Earth by following the three R's: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

During all four games of the Tigers versus White Sox series, fans in attendance will be able to pick up "green living" tips from Sara Snow, Green Living Expert and TV Host, and a native of Ann Arbor. Snow, author of "Sara Snow's Fresh Living," (Bantam Press, 2009) recorded these tips exclusively for "Going, Going, GREEN!" weekend.

The Tigers are pleased to have 96.3 WDVD, Natural Awakenings Magazine and www.michiganhealthyliving.com as media sponsors of the "Going, Going, GREEN!" weekend and Trade Show.

During "Going, Going, GREEN!" Weekend, watch the Tigers take on the AL Central rival White Sox, July 24-26, with two games on July 24 at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. 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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07/16/2009 5:46 PM ET
Cornerstone Schools Invites the Community to "Be a Tiger for Kids" on August 18th
Cheer On the Detroit Tigers and Help Raise Much-Needed Student Scholarship Funds

Cornerstone Schools is hosting the 4th annual "Be a Tiger for Kids" event at Comerica Park on Tuesday, August 18th. This fun-filled, family event supports the children of Cornerstone and makes possible an excellent education and prepares students for life and leadership.

Join the energy and enthusiasm of Cornerstone's community of friends when they cheer on the Detroit Tigers as they play the Seattle Mariners. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m. at the Rock-N-Roar tailgate party at Ford Field. A variety of food, entertainment, face painting, balloons and games for children of all ages will be provided at this exclusive pre-game party. At approximately 6:15 p.m., party goers will collectively make their way to Comerica Park to see the Cornerstone Honors Choir perform the Star Spangled Banner.

"Our annual Be a Tiger for Kids event offers the community an opportunity to provide Cornerstone students with an excellent education which prepares them for life and leadership, says Cornerstone CEO and Founding Chairman Clark Durant. "We look forward to packing the park on August 18th, making a difference in these children's lives and continuing our mission of 'Changing Detroit - One Child at a Time'."

One hundred percent of the donations received go towards the Cornerstone Scholarship Fund. Many of the parents whose children now attend Cornerstone are at or below the poverty line and have been negatively impacted by the economic conditions in the city. All of the student's parents must pay something towards their child's tuition regardless of their financial means. A donation to the school's scholarship fund fills the financial gap.

There are several tax deductible donation options available ranging from $15 - $250:


  • Ultimate Fan Package ($250) - sends a child to school for one week per year.

    • Receives one premier game ticket (best seats available on a first-come, first-served basis), entry for one to the private pre-game Rock-N-Roar tailgate and a commemorative event tee shirt. As an ultimate fan, you will be eligible to win a special opportunity to attend batting practice with the Tigers.



  • Grand Fan Package ($150) - sends a child to school for three days per year.

    • Receives a premium game ticket, entry into the private, pre-game tailgate party and an event t-shirt.



  • Fan Package ($100) - sends a child to school for two days per year.

    • Receives a prime game ticket, entry into the private, pre-game tailgate party and an event t-shirt.



  • Stadium Package ($50) - sends a child to school for one day per year

    • Receives a game ticket, entry into the private, pre-game tailgate party and an event t-shirt.



  • Tailgate Package ($20) - makes a difference in the life of a child

    • Receives one entry to the private, pregame tailgate party



  • Souvenir Package ($15) - makes a difference in the life of a child

    • Received a plush Tiger Tail Growler and a commemorative event t-shirt

To donate and receive tickets for the event, visit http://www.cornerstoneschools.org or call Cornerstone Schools at 1-800-343-0951.

Be a Tiger for Kids is sponsored by over 25 gracious corporate sponsors, including: Detroit Tigers, Meijer, Beaumont Hospitals, DTE Energy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Yazaki, Masco, ITC Holdings, Pepsi, Ernst & Young, Wolverine Packing and Big Boy.

About Cornerstone Schools

Cornerstone Schools has been serving Detroit families since 1991, when they started out with 167 students in two schools. They've grown considerably, and with that growth come financial challenges. Cornerstone serves students in grades Pre-K - 8th. Every student entering 3rd grade receives a violin and learns how to play it. The school tracks their 8th grade graduates, and 95% of them have graduated high school. Cornerstone Schools. Changing Detroit one child at a time. For more information, please visit, www.cornerstoneschools.org.


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07/20/2009 2:06 PM ET
Tigers host Seattle to begin seven-game homestand

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers welcome the Seattle Mariners to Detroit on Tuesday for a three-game series to begin a seven-game homestand. Tuesday and Wednesday's games start at 7:05 p.m. while Thursday's matinee begins at 1:05 p.m. The Tigers then host their division rival Chicago White Sox for four games beginning on Friday, July 24, with a split doubleheader. Friday's games are at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m., Saturday's game is at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday's game starts at 8:09 p.m.

Christmas in July, "Going, Going, GREEN!" weekend, two giveaways - a "Going, Going, GREEN!" reusable shopping bag and a Rick Porcello Poster, Friday night fireworks and Sunday Kids Day highlight the homestand.

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

Tickets are available now 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, July 21 - Mariners @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Gerald E. Rosen, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

During an on-field, pregame ceremony, a select number of individuals will be sworn in as American citizens by United States District Court Judge Nancy G. Edmunds through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service for the United States Department of Homeland Security. The new U.S. citizens and their families will receive complimentary game tickets courtesy of the Detroit Tigers.

Wednesday, July 22 - Mariners @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Shani Inge, wife of Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge, Jennifer Everett, wife of Tigers shortstop Adam Everett, and Emily Yuen, significant other of Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, will be serving hot lunches from the Salvation Army Bed and Bread Truck. The Bed and Bread Trucks make various stops throughout the city of Detroit everyday, providing food to the hungry and homeless.

Representatives from ALS Therapy Development Institute, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS Association, Michigan Chapter will be recognized during an on-field, pregame ceremony to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To honor the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech, Major League Baseball has partnered with ALS organizations nationwide to raise awareness about the disease. MLB and the Detroit Tigers and proud to partner with local organizations that are working relentlessly to find a cure for ALS. The groups will receive complimentary game tickets courtesy of the Detroit Tigers to host ALS patients and their families.

Thursday, July 23 - Christmas in July - Mariners @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)


  • Salvation Army Men's ARC Choir will sing the national anthem.
  • Santa Claus will throw the ceremonial first pitch and along with Dr. Suess' The Grinch, sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch.
  • 97.1 The Ticket will broadcast live outside Gate A from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

The Detroit Tigers host the second annual Christmas in July, sponsored by 105.1 WMGC. Experience Comerica Park as a winter wonderland, complete with live holiday music, appearances by Santa Claus and Santa PAWS and Christmas trees. The first 200 children to visit Santa Claus at the Big Cat Court from 11:30 a.m-2:00 p.m. will receive a free photo with him. Many exciting giveaways including Boyz II Men concert tickets, Gary Allen concert tickets, Majestic Tigers jackets, Red Robin gift certificates and Uptown Entertainment movie tickets for the GM Renaissance Center among others, will be given out during the game. Fans can get into the holiday spirit during the 105.1 WMGC pregame party in the Labatt Blue Light Jungle from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, July 24 - White Sox @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

Friday, July 24 - Fireworks Show - White Sox @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


  • Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons guard, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Specialist Travis Dowling of the United States Army and a native of Lawton, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Specialist Dowling is home for two weeks on leave from Afghanistan where he serves his fourth tour of duty.
  • 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.
During an on-field, pregame recognition, 25 zookeepers from the Detroit Zoo will be recognized in honor of National Zookeeper Week, sponsored by The American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK). 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Detroit Chapter of AAZK, which was chartered in 1984. Detroit's zookeepers are educated, passionate, caring and committed individuals who work hard everyday to ensure that all animals, including the real tigers at the Detroit Zoo, live quality lives.

The Detroit Tigers Foundation has partnered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, for Friday and Saturday's 50-50 Charity raffle. The Foundation holds a 50-50 Charity raffle every Friday and Saturday game throughout the season. Tickets are sold from 5:30 p.m. until the end of the second inning throughout the concourse, at entry gates and at the 50-50 raffle table near Gate A. Tickets are three-for-$5 with the winning ticket announced after the sixth inning. To date, the 50-50 Charity raffle has raised more than $40,000 for charities, with the single largest 50-50 winner taking home $4,817.

Saturday, July 25 - Going, Going, GREEN! - White Sox @ 4:05 p.m. (Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)

• The first 10,000 fans attending the game will receive a Detroit Tigers "Going, Going, GREEN!" reusable shopping bag.

From 12:00-8:00 p.m. the Tigers will host a "Going, Going, GREEN!" Trade Show outside of the Comerica Park main gates, featuring more than 40 vendors. The free event is designed for Tigers fans and the public to learn more about green initiatives while viewing products and services related to environmental causes and practices of green businesses. A game ticket is not required to attend the trade show.

Sunday, July 26 - Rick Porcello Poster - White Sox @ 8:09 p.m. (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)

• All Kids 14-and-younger attending the game will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Rick Porcello Poster courtesy of Meijer.

From 12:00-8:00 p.m. the Tigers will host a "Going, Going, GREEN!" Trade Show outside of the Comerica Park main gates, featuring more than 40 vendors. The free event is designed for Tigers fans and the public to learn more about green initiatives while viewing products and services related to
environmental causes and practices of green businesses. A game ticket is not required to attend the trade show.

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every child receiving a Rick Porcello Poster, 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 6:45 p.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


  • $30 T-shirt and cap combo - Mix and match selections in the Tigers main pro shop, located by Gate C.
  • July Double Play - Two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 are available for all Monday-Thursday Tigers home games.
  • Super Summer Special - All Mezzanine tickets, regularly $15, are available for $10 all Monday-Thursday Tigers July home games.
  • Party Suites Plus - Suites are on sale now for select Tigers home games in July and include a $300 food credit with tickets starting as low as $85 per person. For tickets call 313-471-BALL.
  • $5 Single-game tickets available for every Tigers home game.
  • $5 Kids Value Meals every game - includes a hot dog, chips, juice box and a PAWS finger puppet.
  • $5 Adult Value Meals every game - includes a hot dog, chips and a soda.
  • $5 Parking available in Lots M, R, P and Q between Cass and Grand River along Columbia.


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07/21/2009 6:49 PM ET
Detroit Tigers celebrate "Christmas in July" Thursday at 1:05 p.m.
Santa Claus, Santa Paws, elves and toy soldiers come to Comerica Park; $15 Mezzanine tickets for just $10 make great gifts

Cool down from the summer heat at Comerica Park on Thursday, July 23, as the Tigers host the second annual Christmas in July, presented by 105.1 WMGC. Comerica Park transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with live holiday music, appearances by Santa Claus, Santa PAWS, elves and toy soldiers, Christmas trees and exciting giveaways throughout the game. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Prior to entering Comerica Park, fans will recognize the three holiday floats in front of the stadium located on Witherell Street, including "Santa's Workshop" and "The Grinch" floats, as they have been featured in Detroit's annual America's Thanksgiving Parade.

Fans will be greeted with the popular sounds of Christmas music, including the sounds of The Salvation Army's familiar red kettle bell ringers. Courtesy of The Salvation Army, a 25-member youth choir will be singing traditional Christmas carols at Gate A from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. while the Salvation Army's brass band will be performing at Gate C and a brass ensemble will be strolling the concourse. St. Paul Lutheran Church Bell Choir of Royal Oak will perform from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Gate B. The national anthem will be performed by The Salvation Army Men's Adult Rehabilitation Center Choir.

The big guy himself straight from the North Pole, Santa Claus, will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and along with Dr. Suess' The Grinch, sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch. Santa Claus is available for photo shoots and interview requests during his special trip to Detroit.

Santa Claus will also take a free picture and give a complimentary red or green photo-frame key chain to the first 200 children who visit the Santa photo booth from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Big Cat Court. While at the Big Cat Court, families can also enjoy activities such as decorating a 12-foot Christmas tree.

Many exciting giveaways including Boyz II Men concert tickets, Gary Allen concert tickets, Majestic Tigers jackets, Red Robin gift certificates and movie tickets for the Ren Cen 4 Theater located in the GM Renaissance Center, among others, will be given out during the game.

At 12:30 p.m., 150 children will take the field for "Prance Around the Park," a special parade led by Santa PAWS and the DTE Energy Squad. The Tigers have partnered with the Salvation Army to give the gift of Christmas to local children. A pledge of $25-or-more will allow one child to experience the joy of camping through The Salvation Army Outdoors program. Fans can donate to the Salvation Army at www.salmich.org or by calling 877-SAL-MICH.

Tickets are available, including a July Double Play - two Upper Box tickets for $29 or two Outfield Box tickets for $49 - a savings of $15, or a Super Summer Special, a $15 mezzanine ticket for $10, 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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07/24/2009 10:16 AM ET
Tigers Recalled Carlos Guillen

The Tigers today recalled the injury rehabilitation assignment of outfielder Carlos Guillen from Triple A Toledo and reinstated him from the disabled list. To create room on the club's 25-man roster, the Tigers today designated the contract of outfielder Josh Anderson for assignment. Guillen hit .571 (4x7) with an RBI in two games with Triple A Toledo. In five games with Single A Lakeland, he hit .250 (3x12) with a double and four walks.


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