Tigers Close Out August with Seven Games Against Rangers and Angels at Home

Homestand Features All-Star Poster, Verlander's Victory for Veterans and Strike Out Bullying Rally

DETROIT - The Tigers host the Texas Rangers for a four-game weekend series (August 20-23) and will finish up the homestand with a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels (August 25-27). On Monday, August 24, the Tigers will travel to Cincinnati to play a 7:10 p.m. contest against the Reds, a game rescheduled from June 18 that was rained out at Great American Ballpark. The games on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday are scheduled for 7:08 p.m., while Sunday and Thursday's game against the Angels start at 1:08 p.m.

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).

TRAFFIC UPDATES:

  • For traffic updates fans can find alerts and alternative routes at tigers.com, and visit tigers.com/ballparkapp to download the MLB.com Ballpark app., and fans can follow @tigers on Twitter.
  • We recommend tuning to WWJ 950 AM for up-to-the-minute updates on traffic alerts and closures.
  • Fans can also check with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Detroit Department of Transportation for real-time road closures and detours at www.michigan.gov/mdot and download the Mi Drive app. and you can also visit www.m-1rail.com.

PAWS TRACKS TO COMERICA PARK:

  • Please remember to avoid delays, that it's best to arrive early to Comerica Park.
  • Traffic patterns may be modified at the discretion of law enforcement agencies.
  • Tigers gameday and event traffic patterns go into effect a minimum of three hours prior to start time.

Thursday, August 20 vs. Texas Rangers at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m. (Probables: RHP Alfredo Simon vs. LHP Martin Perez)

  • Hometown Championship Ceremony: The nine winning teams, the winners of the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition, and the Home Run Champions from the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship will be honored during an on-field ceremony at Comerica Park. Joining the winning teams on the field will be nearly 2,000 players and coaches who played in the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship as they participate in a parade of teams around the field. The 2015 Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship was a youth baseball and softball tournament held earlier this month in Detroit for children ages 6-18. 2015 marked the 20th year of the popular tournament hosted in partnership by the Youth Development Commission, the City of Detroit Recreation Department and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The tournament is funded through a grant provided by the Detroit Tigers Foundation as part of Play Baseball Detroit in an effort to grow youth baseball and softball in the greater Detroit region. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced the launch of "PLAY BALL," a significant new initiative that will encourage widespread participation in all forms of baseball activities among all age groups, especially youth.
  • The first 10,000 fans 18-and-over will receive a Detroit Tigers All-Star Poster, sponsored by the Michigan Lottery.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the MacArthur Middle School Concert Choir, of Southfield, Michigan.

Friday, August 21 vs. Texas Rangers at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m. (Probables: RHP Justin Verlander vs. RHP Colby Lewis)

  • MSU Night: The Detroit Tigers along with FOX Sports Detroit are hosting the third installment of their University Days series at Comerica Park. MSU cheerleaders will provide on-field pregame entertainment along with a performance from the MSU dance team before the game. The cheerleaders and dance team members will accompany the DTE Energy Squad during the seventh inning stretch. The night will also feature a special appearance by Sparty, MSU's official mascot. All fans who purchased the MSU University Days ticket package will receive a Detroit Tigers baseball hat in MSU colors and a donation will be made to the MSU General Scholarship Fund.
  • 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 and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend's 50/50 raffle is Detroit PAL. Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs. 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. The 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised more than $1,038,391.50 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $17,039.50.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Rochelle Chezick, representing Bank of America and former Spartan basketball player, Marteen Cleaves.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Steve Martin, a doctoral student, studying voice performance in the MSU School of Music and the Michigan State University Police Honor Guard with present our nations colors.
  • Friday Night Fireworks: Presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

Saturday, August 22 vs. Texas Rangers at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m. (Probables: LHP Matt Boyd vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo)

  • Verlander's Victory for Veterans: This season, for each Saturday home game, Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander's personal luxury suite. After serving our country, the special day provides American veterans the opportunity to enjoy a Tigers game with their family. Veterans share 18 luxury suite tickets and parking passes in the Tigers Parking Garage. Food and beverage is provided for the guests courtesy of Verlander. Veterans receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander and a Verlander's Victory for Veterans t-shirt.
  • 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 and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend's 50/50 raffle is Detroit PAL. Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs. 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. The 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised more than $1,038,391.50 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $17,039.50.
  • UMPS CARE: Through The BLUE Crew Ticket program, guests will receive complimentary game tickets, a Tigers cap, food and beverage vouchers, baseball themed items and a photo to remember their experience at Comerica Park. Additionally all guests are given the opportunity to meet the umpires and take a photo on the field. Participants are selected through Boys and Girls Club of America and the Dave Thomas Foundation. The entire program is courtesy of UMPS CARE Charities. 
  • The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by Steven Brodzinski, representing Troy Baseball and Tigers Fan Maddie Wu.
  • The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Kenny Nelson of Clarkston, Michigan.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks: Presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

Sunday, August 23 vs. Texas Rangers at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m. (Probables: RHP Anibal Sanchez vs. LHP Cole Hamels)

  • Strike Out Bullying Rally: Prior to the game, the Tigers in partnership with the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, The Detroit Newspapers In Education, AMP Radio and Defeat the Label will host a Strike Out Bullying event. Fans of all ages will be invited to sign the Detroit Tigers pledge to stop bullying. Prior to the game a group of parents and children will participate in an on-field parade to demonstrate their commitment to end bullying. In 2013, The Detroit Tigers were awarded the Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence for the Club's anti-bullying program. The award was created to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB clubs.
  • All kids 14-and-under will receive Strike Out Bullying Dog Tags, courtesy of Michigan State Police and ICAC Task Force.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Vocalist Alison Albrecht.
  • God Bless America will be performed in the seventh inning stretch by Cantor Rachel Kalmowitz from Tempel Beth El in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
  • 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, August 25 vs. Los Angeles Angels at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Cornerstone "Be a Tiger for Kids": Cornerstone Schools hosts the 10th annual "Be a Tiger for Kids" event at Comerica Park. The family-friendly event features and children's activities and serves as Cornerstone's premier fundraiser to provide scholarships to families with 3,000 supporters scheduled to participate. Supporters and students from Cornerstone Schools also participate in an on-field pre-game ceremony, throwing the ceremonial first pitches, performing the National Anthem, and taking part in Kids Take the Field, Kids Run the Bases, and other fun-filled activities and family entertainment.  
  • The national anthem will be performed by Cornerstone Choir.

Wednesday, August 26 vs. Los Angeles Angels at 7:08 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Detroit Tigers Foundation and FOX Sports Detroit Broadcast Auction with the Tigers Wives: The auction features items hand-selected by the Tigers Wives including unique memorabilia ranging from baseballs to game used items and autographed memorabilia along with items to reflect their famous husbands' favorite things like gift cards to their favorite restaurants, their favorite CD, DVD and books and favorite snacks. The auction also includes items to reflect the favorite things of your favorite FOX Sports Detroit personalities including Rod Allen, Mario Impemba and more! The packages representing the Tigers players, coaches, alumni and FSD broadcasters will be auctioned during the broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and MLB.tv. The PAWS "Favorite Things" basket will be auctioned on tigers.com/wives ONLY. Fox Sports Detroit will promote the auction items during the broadcast on Wednesday, August 26 and encourage fans to bid by calling the Broadcast Auction hotline at 313-471-2100. The first 100 people to call and donate $50 or more will receive a Detroit Tigers Mystery Grab Bag which is guaranteed to contain an autographed baseball or photograph signed by a current Tigers player or coach or a Tigers alumni. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities.
  • Navy Band, "Horizon" will play in the Big Cat Court from 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Electrician's Mate First Class Matthew Harkless.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers Fan Martin Dellenbach.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Russ Ives, representing Rose Pest Solutions.

Thursday, August 27 vs. Los Angeles Angels at 1:08 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.

  • The game ball will be delivered by Captain Johnathan Turnbull of the United States Army.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Richmond Community Choir, of Richmond, Michigan.