Tigers to Host Royals and Twins During Six-Game Homestand at Comerica Park

DETROIT - The Tigers return to Comerica Park from a 10-game road trip to begin a six-game homestand Friday night. The Tigers will open the homestand against the Kansas City Royals (May 8-10), while the Minnesota Twins will visit for a three-game series (May 12-14). Friday's first pitch against the Royals is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. and Saturday's game is scheduled for 1:08 p.m. Sunday's game is at 8:10 p.m. and will be nationally broadcast on ESPN. Tuesday and Wednesday's games against the Twins are scheduled to start at 7:08 p.m. with a day game, concluding the homestand, at 1:08 p.m. on Thursday.

Get your Tigers tickets for the 2015 season at Comerica Park now! Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).

MAY WEEKDAY VALUE PACK
The Detroit Tigers are offering a weekday value pack that includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four sodas starting at $76. Offer is available for all three games against the Minnesota Twins (May 12-14).

Friday, May 8 vs. Kansas City Royals at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m. (Probables: LHP David Price vs. RHP Yordano Ventura)

· Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will happen on Friday. The partner charity for this weekend's 50/50 raffle is the Detroit Sports Commission. The mission of the Detroit Sports Commission is to enhance the local economy and image of metro Detroit by attracting and hosting amateur sports events. Tickets will be sold on a digital platform and are three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. The winner will be announced on the Comerica Park scoreboard before the end of the game. Since inception of the program in 2009, the 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised nearly $900,000 for charity.
· D Shop Gift with Purchase: Beginning May 8, fans spending $150 or more on apparel in The D Shop will receive a free Detroit Tigers Fashion Scarf. This offer is while supplies last.
· All-Star Voting: Voting has started for Major League Baseball's 86th All-Star Game held at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. MLB's All-Star Ballotting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports and this year will be conducted exclusively online. Fans around the world can cast their votes for position starters 35 times by visiting tigers.com/vote. Voting is open now through July 2 and fans are encouraged to vote early and often. Last year Miguel Cabrera was elected as the American League's starting first baseman, marking the second time he had been selected to start at an All-Star Game.
· The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown out by Tigers fans Kendra Nichols and David Jensen, along with "America's Favorite Veterinarian" Tim Hunt.
· The national anthem will be performed by Voyager Elementary School Fifth Grade Choir of Howell, Michigan.
· The game ball will be delivered by Lance Corporal Keiandre Marks from Ypsilanti, Michigan, of the United States Marine Corps.


Saturday, May 9 vs. Kansas City Royals at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m. (Probables: RHP Anibal Sanchez vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie)

· Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will happen on Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend's 50/50 raffle is the Detroit Sports Commission. The mission of the Detroit Sports Commission is to enhance the local economy and image of metro Detroit by attracting and hosting amateur sports events. Tickets will be sold on a digital platform and are three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. The winner will be announced on the Comerica Park scoreboard before the end of the game. Since inception of the program in 2009, the 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised nearly $900,000 for charity.
· Pre-game on-field Clinic: Prior to the start of Saturday's game, Tigers players and coaches will host a pre-game on-field lecture-style clinic on baseball fundamentals including pitching, catching, infield defense and hitting from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Gates will open at 11:00 a.m. to all ticket holders, fans can enter the field from the lower bowl and pick one of four stations. All player and coach pairs will rotate through all four groups before the completion of the clinic. The clinic is presented by Bedgear.
· The first 10,000 fans will receive a Detroit Tigers Tote Bag, courtesy of MLB Network
· The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Steve Koppin, representing Homeplate, Tigers fan Logan Atkinson and Gil Humphreys of Belle Tire.
· The national anthem will be performed by Matt Hammitt, representing Homeplate.


Sunday, May 10 vs. Kansas City Royals at 8:10 p.m. Gates Open at 6:30 p.m. (Probables: RHP Shane Greene vs. LHP Jason Vargas)

· Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer: Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers have partnered with Komen for the Cure to go to bat against breast cancer. The Tigers donated 1,000 tickets to breast cancer survivors, volunteers and their families from the Detroit Race for the Cure to attend the Mother's Day game. More than 250 breast cancer survivors will be invited onto the field and recognized prior to the national anthem. In addition, Heidi Westphal, the Tigers winner from Major League Baseball's Honorary Bat Girl contest to recognize inspirational fans that have been affected by breast cancer will be honored prior to the start of the game and will throw a ceremonial first pitch. During the game, players from both clubs will use pink bats, and all baseballs will have pink stitching.
· Mother's Day: Prior to Sunday's game, 250 breast cancer survivors from the Komen Race for the Cure and 500 Moms that will be selected upon entry, will be invited onto the field for a special pre-game recognition and will receive a Mother's Day t-shirt.

  · The first 10,000 moms will receive a 2015 Detroit Tigers Mother's Day Photo Tumbler, courtesy of Pepsi and the first 10,000 kids 14-and-under will receive a 2015 Detroit Tigers Mother's Day Photo Tumbler, courtesy of Aquafina.

· The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown out by MLB's Honorary Bat Girl for the Detroit Tigers and breast cancer survivor, Heidi Westphal, along with Maureen Meldrum, retired Race Chair for the Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure
· The national anthem and God Bless America will be performed by 14-year-old vocalist Rachel Miltimore from the Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus.
· All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-under will receive a free promotional item as part of the "Every Kid, Every Sunday" giveaway guarantee, enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game, weather permitting.
· Topps baseball cards will be distributed to all Kids at all gates.

Tuesday, May 12 vs. Minnesota Twins at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m.

· Adoption Awareness Night: The Detroit Tigers are offering a special ticket package for Adoption Awareness that includes a mezzanine or lower baseline Box ticket, Detroit Tigers/Adoption Awareness t-shirt and a $5 donation to the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange. This package is available online only at tigers.com/specialevents.
· The national anthem will be performed by the Vandercook Lake Jayhawk Marching Band.


Wednesday, May 13 vs. Minnesota Twins at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m.

· Wine Lovers Night: The Detroit Tigers are offering a special ticket package for wine lovers that includes a lower baseline, upper box infield or upper reserved ticket, an exclusive Detroit Tigers bottle stopper and a $3 dollar donation to the Detroit Wine Organization. It also includes a pre-game wine tasting at the Blue Moon Brewhouse, located behind section 330. Must be 21 to attend tasting. This package is available online only at tigers.com/specialevents.
· Miss Michigan Recognition: Prior to the start of Wednesday's game, 27 2015 Miss Michigan title holders will be recognized on-field.
· The first 10,000 fans will receive a 2015-2016 Detroit Tigers Wall Calendar, courtesy of Red Robin.
· The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by 2014 Miss Michigan, KT Maviglia.
· The national anthem will be performed by Lawrence Senior Band of Lawrenceville, Michigan.

Thursday, May 14 vs. Minnesota Twins at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.

· Aquafina School Incentive Days: During six select games this season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation and Aquafina will host over 10,000 students from area schools to reward and thank students as part of the annual Detroit Tigers School Incentive and Reward Program. For more than 60 years the Tigers organization has hosted members of school safety patrol squads and more recently, rewarded students for maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. On May 14, as part of the school incentive program, 1,000 backpacks will be given away to students, courtesy of Aquafina.
· G.R.E.A.T Program: The Tigers were the first professional sports team to commit to the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program, and have dedicated one game since 1992 to G.R.E.A.T. This year, 350 Detroit area middle school students who have graduated from or are currently receiving lessons under the 13-week program will attend the game to celebrate their achievements in avoiding destructive behaviors. 40 select students will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony and have the opportunity to hear inspiring words from a Tigers coach or player.
· Weather Day: Prior to Thursday's game, more than 2,500 students from local schools will participate in Weather Day, the third installment of the Tigers' annual "Class Outside Series" of events. Students attending will learn about the science that impacts Michigan weather, as well as how it can affect Detroit Tigers baseball. The pre-game program will feature weather related demonstrations by experts from Toledo's Imagination Station and includes meteorologists from the FOX 2 Weather Authority.
· The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by 92-year-old World War II Veteran, Ron Hanchett.
· The national anthem will be performed by the Woodhaven High School Warrior Marching Band, of Brownstown, Michigan.