Tigers Return to Comerica Park for Makeup Game vs. Yankees Thursday, Six Games vs. White Sox, Blue Jays

Homestand Features 22nd Annual Negro Leagues Weekend celebration, Pure Michigan Night, and the 2006 AL Championship 10th Anniversary celebration with Joel Zumaya

DETROIT - The Tigers return to Comerica Park for seven games, one game vs. the New York Yankees, a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox and three games vs. Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, June 2 through Wednesday, June 8. 

The Tigers host the Yankees June 2 for a makeup game from the postponed matchup on April 10. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. The White Sox come to town for a weekend series June 3-5. The series opener against the White Sox is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., followed by two day games, Saturday, June 4 at 4:10 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 at 1:10 p.m. The Tigers cap off their homestand with a three-game series against Toronto on Monday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 8. Monday and Tuesday's games are scheduled for 7:10 p.m. starts, with Wednesday's first pitch at 1:10 p.m.
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).
·   Weekday Value Pack: Tickets are available for the Weekday Value Pack that includes four upper reserved tickets, four sodas, four hot dogs and four bags of chips for as little as $19 or $24 per person at tigers.com/value or at the Tigers box office. This offer is valid Monday - Friday ONLY vs. Chicago and Toronto.

·   Vote Early, Vote Often and #VoteTigers: Voting has started for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game held at Petco Park in San Diego. MLB's All-Star balloting program is the largest of its kind in professional sports and again will be conducted exclusively online. Fans around the world can cast their votes for position starters up to five times in any 24-hour period and a total of 35 times by visiting tigers.com/vote. Voting is open now through June 30 and fans are encouraged to vote early and often. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Tigers players at the All-Star voting table at Brushfire Grill during all home games within the voting period. Fans who visit the table and vote will have the chance to be entered to win a variety of prizes.

·   Negro Leagues Jerseys: The Negro League jerseys to be worn Saturday, June 4 for the 22nd annual Negro Leagues Tribute game are currently up on a live auction. To bid on the Tigers jerseys please visit tigers.com/auctions.

Thursday, June 2 vs. New York Yankees at 7:40 p.m. Gates Open at 5:50 p.m.
·   All kids 14-and-under will receive a Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez signed Louisville Silver Slugger Replica Bat, presented by Little Caesars. 
·   The national anthem will be performed by 12-year-old vocalist, Alex Star Butcher.
·   All original tickets from April 10, 2016 will be honored for this makeup game.

Friday, June 3 vs. Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.
·   10th Annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition: The Tigers have partnered with Comerica Bank and Radio One for the tenth annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition. The competition will take place at the Big Cat Court and will be hosted by Tune Up of Radio One's 105.9 FM WDMK starting at 5:30pm. The 10 finalists will be judged by celebrities Gloria Horton, wife of Detroit Tigers 1968 World Series Champion Willie Horton, Marvin Jones Jr., Wide Receiver of the Detroit Lions, Lee Thomas, TV personality and entertainment reporter and Marsha Wood, wife of former Detroit Tiger Jake Wood and the 2010 African American Legacy Award Recipient. The winner of the Detroit Stars Singing Competition will receive a grand prize of $2,000 and the opportunity to sing the national anthem prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. 
·   "Passing of the Bat Ceremony": The Detroit Tigers continue the celebration of African American ballplayers and their numerous contributions to the game of baseball. The on-field ceremony includes the annual "Passing of the Bat" which embodies the past, present and future contributions of African American ballplayers to the game of baseball. Walt Owens, a former Negro Leagues pitcher, outfielder and first baseman for the Detroit Stars from 1953-1955, Tigers alumni Jake Wood, Willie Horton, Rod Allen and Craig Monroe, and current Tigers players and coaches Dave Clark, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin will present the commemorative bat to Alex Darden of Farmington High School, a top African American high school prospect in Michigan.
·   The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Marvin Jones Jr. of the Detroit Lions and Reshardd Harris, the great grandson of National Baseball Hall of Famer and Negro Leagues player Norman "Turkey" Stearnes.
·   The national anthem will be performed by Joyce Stearnes Thompson and Rosilyn Stearnes-Brown, daughters of Norman "Turkey" Stearnes. 
·   A series of banners will be displayed throughout the weekend along the concourse chronicling the history of African American players with the Detroit Tigers.
·   Negro Leagues merchandise will be sold by Tony Dee's Negro Leagues Baseball Store and Apparel throughout the weekend.
·   The Willie Horton Foundation will be selling t-shirts on the concourse to benefit the Horton Foundation through Sunday's game.
·   Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season at all Friday and Saturday home games. The partner charity for this weekend's 50/50 raffle is the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), an organization that is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $4.5 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships. 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 $1.1 million for charity.
·   Friday Night Fireworks and Close for Cash presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

22nd Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, Saturday, June 4 vs. Chicago White Sox at 4:10 p.m. Gates Open at 2:00 p.m. 
·   The first 10,000 fans to enter the park will receive a Negro Leagues Tribute Game Commemorative Hat, courtesy of Comerica Bank. 
·   As part of the Negro Leagues Weekend events, the Tigers will host select former Negro Leagues players for a question and answer session prior to the game in the Big Cat Court at 11:45 a.m. hosted by popular radio personality John Mason of 105.9 WDMK Radio One. Nine former Negro Leagues players will participate in an interactive discussion with fans to chronicle their career highlights and to share intimate stories about the Negro Leagues. In addition to the players, Negro Leagues historian Louis Manley, President of the Michigan Chapter of Negro Leagues Baseball Players, will participate in the roundtable discussion.
·   Comerica Bank will host a special ceremony to pay tribute to the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). The following individuals from Comerica Bank are scheduled to participate in the ceremony: Pat Alexander, Larry Bryant, Janice Tessier and DAPCEP board member Dennis Ross, along with students form DAPCEP.
·   Nine former Negro Leagues players will be recognized during a special pre-game on-field ceremony. Members include: Melvin Duncan, Minnie Forbes, Eugene Scruggs, Bill Hill, Walt Owens, Pedro Sierra, Ron Teasley, Jake Sanders and Johnny Walker.
·   The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by Patricia Alexander, a representative of Comerica Bank and former Negro Leagues player Ron Teasley.
·   The national anthem will be performed by Vision Male Ensemble, from the Detroit School of the Arts.
·   Verlander's Victory for Veterans: This season, for each Saturday home game, Justin 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 from the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Healthcare System will 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, a Verlander's Victory for Veterans t-shirt and a Wins for Warriors baseball cap.
·   UMPS Care-Blue Crew Ticket Program: Guests will receive game tickets, a Tigers cap, food and beverage vouchers, baseball themed items, a photo of the experience and the opportunity to meet the umpires on the field.

Sunday, June 5 vs. Chicago White Sox at 1:10 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.
·   All kids 14-and-younger will receive a Cameron Maybin poster, presented by Meijer.
·   The first 5,000 fans will receive a Chet Lemon commemorative collector card. 
·   Prior to the game, the Tigers will host a live pregame interview with 1984 World Champion Chet Lemon in the Big Cat Court as part of the Negro Leagues weekend events. Following the interview, fans can participate in a brief Q&A.
·   The Tigers will present Chet Lemon with the 2016 Detroit Tigers Willie Horton African American Legacy Award during a special pregame on-field ceremony. The Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award was first presented to former Tiger and 1968 World Champion, Gates Brown in 2009. Additional recipients of the award include: Jake Wood (2010), Earl Wilson (2012), Larry Herndon (2013), Bill Bruton (2014) and Lou Whitaker (2015). A plaque chronicling the history of the African American Legacy Award recipients is on display in the Detroit Tigers Ernie Harwell Media Center.
·   The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Chet Lemon.
·   The national anthem and God Bless America will be performed by 14-year-old vocalist, Caleb Carroll. 
·   Bloomfield Baseball Ceremony: Prior to Sunday's game, Bloomfield baseball will be recognized on the field. 
·   All Sunday home games are Chevy Youth Baseball Sunday 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, Tigers Party Patrol will be at the Big Cat Court, kids will have the chance to win a Chevy Silverado Power Wheels (two giveaways each Sunday) and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.

Monday, June 6 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m.
·   Pure Michigan Special Ticket Package: Ticket package includes: lower baseline box, upper infield box, or upper reserved ticket and an exclusive Detroit Tigers / Pure Michigan t-shirt. For groups of 15 or more please contact Greg Savage at greg.savage@tigers.com.
·   The first 10,000 fans will receive a Pure Michigan Night Coaster Set, presented by Pure Michigan. 
·   The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Jason Hall, the founder of Slow Roll, representing Pure Michigan.
·   The national anthem and O'Canada will be performed by L'Anse Creuse Band.  
·   Military Veterans Program (MVP) - FOX Sports Detroit broadcaster Mario Impemba continues to thank the men and women of the United States Armed Force. Through the program, Mario invites those who served and the families impacted by the service of a loved one in support of our nation to attend the first Monday home game of each month at Comerica Park. Guests from the Oakland University student veterans organization will receive a lower-bowl ticket to the Tigers game, a "MVP" t-shirt, a voucher for a BBQ dinner and an autographed photo of Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba. The Veterans and guests arrive to the ballpark in style in the FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express.

Tuesday, June 7 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m. Gates Open at 5:30 p.m.
·   2006 AL Championship 10th Anniversary with Joel Zumaya: Joel Zumaya will participate in a pregame Q&A session with fans in the Big Cat Court as part of the 2006 AL Championship 10th Anniversary celebration.
·   Canadian Tigers Fans Special Ticket Night: Ticket package includes: outfield box, lower baseline box, skyline, upper baseline box or upper infield box ticket, exclusive Canadian Tigers Fan t-shirt, a $5 donation to Children's' Safety Village. For groups of 15 or more please contact Joe Clasman at joe.clasman @tigers.com.
·   ALS Awareness: Major League Baseball has partnered with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) organizations nationwide to raise awareness about the disease. Representatives from the ALS Association-Michigan Chapter, ALS of Michigan, ALS TDI and Muscular Dystrophy Association-Greater Detroit District will be recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field at Comerica Park.  
·   The first pitch will be thrown by 2006 AL champion Joel Zumaya, Ali Reda representing Chevy and David Egner, representing the Henry Ford.
·   The national anthem and O'Canada will be performed by the Greenfield Village Trio.

Wednesday, June 8 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 1:10 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.
·   Strike Out Bullying: Prior to Wednesday's game vs. the Blue Jays at 1:10 p.m., students from local middle and high schools will participate in a "Strike Out Bullying" rally presented by 'Defeat The Label" and 98.7AMP Radio, the fifth installment of the Tigers' annual "Class Outside Series," presented by Oakland University. Following the rally, students will get to hear from speakers from education and law enforcement about recognizing and speaking up about bullying in an interactive presentation. Speakers include: Kevin Epling, Co-Director, Bully Police USA, David Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Michigan and Anthony Ianni, former Michigan State University basketball player. For groups of 15 or more please contact Corey Bell at corey.bell@tigers.com.
·   Corporate Sponsorship Coupon Booklet: Fans will receive a coupon booklet upon entrance to Comerica Park at all gates.
·   The national anthem and O'Canada will be performed by Woodhaven High School Band of Woodhaven, MI accompanied by the Windsor Fire Department Honor Guard.

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, it's best to arrive early to Comerica Park. 
·   Traffic patterns may e 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.