The Tigers return home on Monday to begin their final homestand of the regular season at Comerica Park. The homestand begins with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. First pitch for Monday and Tuesday's games is at 7:08 p.m., and the series concludes with a 1:08 p.m. start on Wednesday. The Tigers will close out the regular season with a four-game set against the Minnesota Twins Thursday-Sunday. First pitch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is at 7:08 p.m. and the homestand concludes with a 1:08 p.m. start on Sunday.
PLAYOFF TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Individual game tickets for Detroit Tigers potential 2014 Wild Card and American League Division Series home games at Comerica Park are now on sale. Tickets are only available by visiting www.tigers.com, at the Comerica Park box office or by calling 866-66-TIGER. There is a limit of 12 tickets per customer, per game. For more ticket information, visit tigers.com/postseason. For suite availability call (313) 471-BALL.
Individual game tickets for remaining home games at Comerica Park are available by visiting tigers.com, calling 866-66-TIGER or visiting the Comerica Park box office.
Monday, September 22 at 7:08 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox (Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.)
- Big Head Day: The Parade Company will have 10 of their 'Big Heads' walking through the concourse (weather permitting).
- Mario's MVP: Each Monday home game during the 2014 season, Tigers broadcaster, Mario Impemba invites 30 Veterans of all eras and the families impacted by the loss of a loved one in support of our nation, to come down to the ballpark on the FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express and enjoy a Tigers game. Each Veteran or family member is given a special "MVP" t-shirt, game ticket and food voucher thanks to Mario Impemba and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. On September 22, Veterans along with their family members from Team Red, White and Blue - Ann Arbor will participate in Mario's MVP. Team RWB is a nation charitable organization with a mission is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. In keeping with the mission to connect Veterans to their community, most of the programs of Team RWB are developed and delivered at the local level. They will have the opportunity to meet Impemba prior to the game at the FOX Sports Detroit stage in the Brushfire Grill.
- Gloves for Kids pre-game ceremony: Gloves for Kids is a program designed to provide Detroit's youth the sporting equipment necessary to participate in organized baseball and softball. During select dates in July and August, Detroit Tigers players made appearances along with representatives from CBS Radio stations at various Metro Detroit ABC Warehouse locations. During each visit, a Tigers player signed autographs and promoted the "Weekend of Giving" at Comerica Park which was held September 5-7. CBS Radio, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the Tigers collected equipment at Comerica Park at Gate A during the Weekend of Giving. Fans donated over 2,500 pieces of new or gently used baseball and softball equipment such as gloves, cleats, bats, balls and catcher's gear. The program is celebrated in a pregame ceremony with Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis representing the Baseball Tomorrow Fund presenting a $5,000 grant to Courageous, Inc. and the Legends League to purchase new baseball and softball equipment. The ceremony also includes representatives from FOX Sports Detroit, ABC Warehouse and 97.1 The Ticket.
- Roberto Clemente Award Ceremony: Prior to Monday's game Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will be recognized as the Tigers nominee for the 2014 Roberto Clemente award. The six-time All-Star and 2011 American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner created Verlander's Victory for Veterans in 2011 to give back to veterans wounded in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. In August 2013, Verlander announced a commitment of $1 million to launch Wins for Warriors, a program designed to provide mental health support for veterans and their families with a focus on the Detroit and Richmond/Norfolk communities. During its first grant cycle, Wins for Warriors awarded $267,000 in grant funding to two best-in-class organizations: Give an Hour and The Mission Continues. In honor of Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star Roberto Clemente, who died on New Year's Eve 1972 during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua, Major League Baseball and all 30 Clubs annually celebrate Roberto Clemente Day. This initiative pays tribute to Clemente's lasting legacy and recognizes players who best represent the game of Baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions, both on and off the field. The only other Tiger to win this award was Al Kaline in 1973.
- The National Anthem will be performed by vocalist group, 'By The Way'.
Tuesday, September 23 at 7:08 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox (Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.)
- Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest: In keeping the memory of Jackie Robinson alive and celebrating the 67th Anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers hosted the 18th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest. A Tigers player will join Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni and Scholars from the University of Michigan as they are honored during an on-field, pre-game recognition. The contest was open to middle and high school students from the Detroit metropolitan area. Students entered the contest by submitting an original essay, poem or work of art in honor of Robinson who broke the segregation barrier in baseball and was a social activist who fought for equal opportunities beyond the playing field. The six winners are honored on field prior to the game. The six contest winners include:
o Amanda Auten of Britten, 7th grade, Britton Deerfield Schools
o Jawan Davis of Detroit, 10th grade, Denby High School
o Ryan Chatterjee of Rochester Hills, 7th grade, Reuther Middle School
o Joel Tedone of Woodhaven, 9th grade, Riverview Community High School
o Annie Gibbs of Rochester Hills, 7th grade, Reuther Middle School
o Olivia Upham of Oxford, 9th grade, Oxford High School
- Strike Out Duchenne: Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello is helping Team Joseph raise money to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Porcello has grown close with Marissa and Jeff Penrod, the founders of Team Joseph and their son, Joseph, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 5 years old. Duchenne is a degenerative muscle disease that mostly strikes boys ages 2 - 5 years old. While other boys are growing stronger and gaining independence, boys with Duchenne are losing muscle function and mobility. Porcello supports Team Joseph throughout the year and raises money for Team Joseph through his Autographs for a Cause program. In 2012, Team Joseph and Porcello launched "Strike Out Duchenne", an on-line donation program through Crowdrise.com for which Porcello matches incoming donations with high donors receiving autographed items and the opportunity to join Porcello in a check presentation to Team Joseph at Comerica Park. Porcello challenged Team Joseph supporters to raise $20,000 this year which he would match. The donation program was a success raising more than $44,000! Since its inception, the program has generated more than $85,000 to fight Duchenne. Porcello will present a check to Team Joseph during batting practice.
- Paul Konerko Recognition: The Tigers will honor White Sox infielder, Paul Konerko with a pre-game on-field ceremony prior to the start of Tuesday's game.
- The National Anthem will be performed by vocalist Lori Adams.
Wednesday, September 24 at 1:08 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox (Gates Open at 11:00 a.m.)
- Pennies for PAWS: The Detroit Tigers partnered with the Wildlife Without Borders Tiger Fund to continue Pennies for Paws, a coin collection campaign at Comerica Park which raises funds to save endangered wild tigers and promote tiger conservation. Since the inception of the program in April 2008, Tigers fans have helped raise more than $65,000 to support the conservation efforts of the endangered species. The pre-game ceremony features a check presentation for the funds collected to supporting the campaign in 2014. Krishna Roy, Branch Chief, Global Program, Division of International Conservation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participate in the check presentation along with wildlife conservation supporter Karie Ross, wife of Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski.
- The National Anthem will be performed by the Woodhaven Warrior Marching Band.
Thursday, September 25 at 7:08 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins (Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.)
- Irish Heritage Night: In celebration of Irish Heritage there will be live Irish-themed music on-field and throughout the concourse. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Green Tigers Hat, courtesy of DMC and the national anthem will be performed by Vocalist Lexi Schaub.
Friday, September 26 at 7:08 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins (Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.)
- Fan Appreciation Weekend: The Tigers will randomly select lucky winners in attendance throughout the weekend to win great prizes, including Tigers gear and authentic merchandise as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by Comerica Bank. The annual "Shirt Off Our Back" giveaway will return on Sunday, September 26th. Fans will be selected and will win, during a postgame on-field ceremony, the actual game-worn jerseys of all the Detroit Tigers players and coaches. All prizes will be selected randomly using a computer generated system to ensure equal opportunity for ALL fans. In honor of fan appreciation Tigers fans will receive 25% off all merchandise* (does not apply to game-used products, authentics and on-field apparel). Valid at all Comerica Park retail locations including the D Shop.
- The first 10,000 fans will receive a 2015 Magnet Schedule, presented by Dunkin' Donuts.
- Kinsler's Kids Program: Through the generosity of Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and his wife Tess, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, the Kinsler family invites 20 guests from local charitable organizations focused on serving the needs of children to attend a Tigers baseball game. Kinsler's Kids provides families the opportunity to enjoy a special evening of Tigers baseball at Comerica Park in the Kinsler Family luxury suite, "Kinsler's Kids" t-shirts, ballpark fare catering and an autographed photo signed by Ian Kinsler. On September 26, families from Children's Hospital of Michigan attend the game through Kinsler's Kids.
- Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season at every Friday and Saturday home game. The partner charity for this weekend's 50/50 raffle is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal. 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 more than $836,600 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $17,039.50.
- Ilitch Charities Check Presentation: During a pre-game on-field ceremony, representatives from Ilitch Charities will present checks to the beneficiaries of the Annual Ilitch Charities Golf Outing, providing grants to support organizations that make a measurable impact in the community. Benefiting charities include Detroit Employment Solutions, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Mariners Inn. Chris Ilitch, Chairman of Ilitch Charities and President & CEO of Ilitch Holdings and Mike Healy, President of Ilitch Charities and Vice President of Park Operations for the Detroit Tigers will be joined on the field by the benefiting charities during the check presentation.
- Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Staff Sergeant Dominic Archuleta of the United States Air Force.
- The Ceremonial first pitches will be thrown out by Tigers Fan Norman Bean and Morris Peterson, representing 'Spartans in the D.'
- Friday Night Fireworks, courtesy of Pepsi (weather permitting).
Saturday, September 27 at 7:08 vs. Minnesota Twins (Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.)
- The first 10,000 fans will receive a Rajai Davis Walk-off Grand Slam Mouse Pad, courtesy of yp.com.
- Saturday Night Fireworks, courtesy of Pepsi (weather permitting).
Sunday, September 28 vs. Minnesota Twins at 1:08 p.m. (Gates Open at 11:00 a.m.)
- All kids 14-and-under will receive a Miguel Cabrera Poster, presented by Meijer.
- All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the "Every Kid, Every Sunday" giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a mini Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.