Four Tops to sing national anthem at Tigers' opener

After Motown group's performance, actor J.K. Simmons to throw out first pitch

Four Tops to sing national anthem at Tigers' opener

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The unofficial Michigan holiday that is Tigers Opening Day will have a decidedly Michigan tune on Monday. The Four Tops, Motown legends and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, will perform the national anthem prior to the 1:08 p.m. ET season opener against the Twins at Comerica Park.

It'll be the second time in three years the group has sung at the Tigers' home opener. They did the same two years ago, but that was the fourth game of the season, after the Tigers opened on the road at Minnesota. They'll perform as a 300-foot American flag is presented in the outfield by the Michigan Joint Honor Guard.

Michigan native and Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons, who played a Tigers manager years ago in the Kevin Costner movie "For Love of the Game," will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Simmons is a long-time Tigers fan who has visited the team during West Coast trips to Los Angeles.

Also before the game, the Tigers will celebrate their fourth straight American League Central title from last season by raising a commemorative flag in center field.

The game ball will be delivered by Technical Sergeant David Thomas of the Selfridge Air National Guard. Amy Gould of the 126th Army Band will perform "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.