Tigers host the Angels, White Sox during seven-game homestand

DETROIT – The Tigers begin their first homestand of the second half of the season this Monday as they host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. The Angels (July 16-19) make their first of two visits this season to Detroit with a four-game series. The homestand continues with a three-game weekend series against the division-rival Chicago White Sox (July 20-22). Monday’s game against the Angels begins at 7:09 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday’s start at 7:05 p.m., while the game on Thursday begins at 1:05 p.m. First pitch on Friday against the White Sox is at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday is at 1:05 p.m.

*Please note- Saturday’s game was moved from 7:05 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Get your Tigers tickets for the 2012 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 single game, season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).

Monday, July 16 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 7:09 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·        Play Baseball Detroit Day: Play Baseball Detroit Day at Comerica Park is an on-field pregame ceremony designed to help bring recognition and exposure to all of the components of the Play Baseball Detroit program. “Play Baseball Detroit” is a comprehensive urban youth baseball outreach program dedicated to encouraging and supporting youth baseball and softball programs in the greater Detroit community. The multi-faceted program features equipment collections, school rallies, youth clinics and a competitive tournament to encourage and develop our region’s young athletes into the baseball stars of tomorrow. Launched in 2008 with the financial assistance of Tigers players, the program continues to be funded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. Play Baseball Detroit Day program will feature youth ball players from the following programs: Tiny Tigers, Baseball FUNdamentals, Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and Team Tigers. The ceremony will also feature the 2012 Team Tigers Coach of the Year, Sean Dowdell, and the 2012 Champions Award Winner, Mario Borrocci.  The Team Tigers Coach of the Year award recognizes a Team Tigers Coach for his/her dedication and commitment to youth baseball or softball. The Champions Award recognizes an individual for his/her long standing dedication and/or profound impact on the Game of baseball/softball.
·        Game Ball Delivery: Technical Sergeant James Crechiolo of the Michigan Air National Guard from Roseville, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has proudly served in the Michigan Air National Guard for nine years.
Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·        Game Ball Delivery: Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Jewell of the United States Navy from Swartz Creek, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has been honored as the Warrior of the Month and has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, ISAF/NATO Joint Service and the Combat Action Badge.
·        Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
·        Honorary Dreams Come True – Arthur Ray, Jr.: The Detroit Tigers will host Arthur Ray, Jr. in recognition of his receiving the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl/Football Writer’s Association of America Courage Award. Nominees for the award are college football players who have displayed courage on or off the field including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing disaster or living through hardship. Ray is a Michigan State University football player who battled bone cancer and rejoined the MSU football team in 2011. Ray will watch batting practice from the field and attend the game as a guest of the Detroit Tigers.
·        Detroit Tigers Willie Horton Scholarship Presentation: The Detroit Tigers Willie Horton Scholarship was created in 2000 in honor of hometown hero and former Tigers Great Willie Horton. Every year, a $5,000 scholarship is awarded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, to a senior from Detroit’s Northwestern High School, Horton’s alma mater. Scholarship recipients are students who display high levels of commitment to academics, leadership, character development and volunteer involvement. Jasmine Sparks, winner of the scholarship, will be honored in an on-field pregame ceremony at Comerica Park. She graduated from Northwestern High School in June 2012 as class valedictorian. While in school, Jasmine was a member of the National Honor Society, Achievers in Motion, Biz Tech and worked part-time throughout the year. Not surprisingly, she has also been honored for her consistently high grade point average. Jasmine also enjoys being an athlete in track and field, cross country and golf. Jasmine has worked throughout high school to further her academic and career goals. She has worked at Children’s Hospital and has been an active member of the Pre-Med Club (partnering with Wayne State University) in preparation for her goal of being a pediatrician. It is her dream to open a non-profit clinic in Detroit, specializing in the treatment of uninsured and low income families. Jasmine will enter Eastern Michigan University in the fall of 2012 and plans to major in a Pre-Med curriculum.

Wednesday, July 18 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·        Game Ball Delivery: First Lieutenant Tim DeGuili of the United States Army from Bellaire, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first deployment in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his brave actions during deployment and has proudly served for three and a half years.
·        Christmas in July, presented by The Parade Company: Why wait until December to celebrate the holiday season? Christmas in July returns to Comerica Park on Wednesday and is sure to be a holly jolly time! Musical entertainment for the special occasion includes Christmas music throughout the ballpark which such as the St. Paul Handbell Choir and the Salvation Army Brass Ensembles. Santa Claus will take a break from his North Pole Christmas preparations to stop at Comerica Park to pose for pictures at Gate A and participate in pre-game onfield activities! Christmas-themed floats, provided by the Parade Company, will also be on display on Witherell Street and inside the ballpark. The “Prance Around the Park” on-field parade will take place prior to the game featuring the Salvation Army Day Campers and a Kids Club Member as Grand Marshall. America’s Thanksgiving Parade® Queen Dana Sorensen will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Ticket packages for Christmas in July are available only through tigers.com and include a Upper Box Infield ticket, Tigers Santa hat, hot dog, bag of chips and a small Pepsi all for only $37. $5 from every package sold will be donated to The Salvation Army. Don’t miss the celebration of the most wonderful time of the year at Comerica Park!

Thursday, July 19 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

·        Game Ball Delivery: Staff Sergeant Holly Cathryn Torsch of the United States Army from Howell, Michigan will deliver the game ball. She recently returned from deployment in Iraq where she earned a Bronze Star. She has proudly served for nearly 14 years.

Friday, July 20 – Chicago White Sox @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·        Game Ball Delivery: Corporal Steven Hodges of the United States Marine Corps from Warren, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and has proudly served for four years.
·        Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
·        Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle returns to Comerica Park this season at every Friday and Saturday home game. The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, has partnered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families, for Friday and Saturday’s 50/50 Charity raffle. Tickets will be sold from the time gates open through the end of the second inning. 50/50 Charity Raffle volunteers in orange aprons will be stationed throughout the concourse on the 100 level, at entry gates and at the 50/50 raffle table near gate A to purchase raffle tickets. 50/50 Charity Raffle tickets are sold 3-for-$5. Each night a winner will be selected and announced after the sixth inning and will receive half of the funds collected through that game's raffle ticket sales. The remaining funds are shared between the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the select partner charity. To date, the Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle has raised $51,150.00 for charity with the single largest one-game prize this season being $8,377.50.
·        2012 Reading and Rhythm on the Riverfront: Tigers pitcher Joaquin Benoit and PAWS will serve as celebrity readers for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s annual Reading and Rhythm on the Riverfront program at the Rivard Plaza. Benoit will read “The ABC’s of Detroit Tigers Baseball” to a crowd of children. The Rivard Plaza is located at 1340 East Atwater Street in Detroit and the event will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 – Chicago White Sox @ 4:05 p.m. (Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)

·        Game Ball Delivery: Corporal Allen L. Melick II of the United States Marines from Howell, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his second deployment in Afghanistan and has proudly served for three years. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his brave actions during his most recent deployment.  
·        UMPS Care: Through the BLUE Crew Tickets program, six 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 will be given the opportunity to meet the umpires and take a photo on the field. Participants are selected through Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization established to strengthen children in need through one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors. The entire program is courtesy of the umpires and UMPS Care Charities.

Sunday, July 22 – Kids Day – Chicago White Sox @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

·        All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Justin Verlander Poster, courtesy of Meijer.
·        Game Ball Delivery: Lieutenant Colonel Steven Angerthal of the United States Army from Arlington, Virginia will deliver the game ball. He is a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Latin America with 17 years of service. His combat deployments include Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq during the Gulf War with other overseas tours in Korea, El Salvador and Honduras. He was awarded three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, a Ranger Tab and Airborne and Air Assault badges.

SPECIAL INITIATIVES

Verlander’s Victory for Veterans: When Justin Verlander takes the mound at Comerica Park, he strives for victory. This season, his outings on the hill take on a new meaning. For each of his home starts, Verlander will host Veterans from the John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Detroit and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. 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. All guests receive a Verlander’s Victory for Veterans T-shirt and are welcomed on the video board during the game. Veterans also receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander. When you see Verlander on the mound, he is not only playing for his team and Tigers fans around the world, he is also playing for America’s heroes.