TIGERS OPEN SEVEN-GAME HOMESTAND ON MONDAY

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Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees Visit Comerica Park
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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers open a seven-game homestand on Monday, May 5 with their second meeting of the season against the Boston Red Sox. The four-game series against Boston is followed by a three-game set with the New York Yankees as the home schedule enters the second month of the 2008 season.Â
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Game times against the Red Sox will be 7:05 p.m. Monday, May 5 through Thursday, May 8. The Yankees visit from Friday through Sunday, May 9-11. Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday’s game is set for 3:45 p.m. The series and homestand concludes Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start.
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Following the homestand, the Tigers travel to Kansas City for three games against the Royals from May 13-15 and then head to Arizona for three interleague games against the Diamondbacks from May 16-18.Â
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Tickets Still Available For May Home Games
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Tickets are still available for home games in the month of May against the Red Sox and for the Yankees on Sunday May 11. The Seattle Mariners will visit Comerica Park on May 20-22 and the Minnesota Twins from May 23-25.
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Tickets are available at the Comerica Park box office, online at www.tigers.com/tickets, over the telephone by calling (866) 66-TIGER (84437), at 32 Detroit-area Meijer stores and at Hockeytown Authentics, 1845 E. Big Beaver Road, in Troy.
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Homestand Promotions
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Monday, May 5: The Detroit Tigers “Pennies for Paws” campaign will party with Diego from “Go Diego Go” in the Brushfire Grill from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Kids can get their picture taken with Diego with a donation to “Pennies for Paws.” The Detroit Tigers, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Association, have a season-long campaign to support the Save the Tigers/Pennies for Paws campaign. Fans are encouraged to make donations at the Tiger Bank located on the Comerica Park concourse.Â
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Monday, May 5: Prior to the 7:05 p.m. scheduled start against the Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers will kick off their All-Star balloting during an on-field ceremony. The All-Star balloting will run from May 5 through June 24. Ballot boxes are located throughout the park and guests can also vote online at www.tigers.com.                  Â
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Friday, May 9: Weather permitting, the season’s first Friday Fireworks, sponsored by Pepsi, will be featured following the first game of a three-game series against the Yankees.
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Saturday, May 10: Prior to Saturday’s 3:45 p.m. game against the Yankees, Detroit Tigers legend and 1968 World Series Champion Willie Horton will be signing copies of his book, “The People’s Champion” from 2:15-3:45 p.m. at Gate A.Â
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Sunday, May 11: Sunday afternoon’s contest also marks the third weekend of Kids Day at Comerica Park. Kids Day features free rides on the carousel or Ferris Wheel for kids age 14-and-under, face painters stationed near Gate A and Kids Run the Bases following the game (weather permitting), courtesy of Pepsi. Big Boy will sponsor Kids Take the Field pre-game, where lucky children will take the field prior to the Tigers before the start of the game. Additionally, kids will also have the chance to win one of four Little Tikes Mini-Hummers, which will be given away on the field during in-game breaks on Sunday. Registration will take place at Section 126 A for an opportunity to be part of the giveaway.
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Community Corner
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Wednesday, May 7: Marks the start of the Carlos’ Compañeros program for Tigers infielder Carlos Guillen. At every Wednesday home game for the rest of the season, Carlos Guillen will invite 20 fans to Comerica Park to watch batting practice on the field and provide tickets for the game to follow.
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Wednesday, May 7: As part of the “Play Baseball Detroit” program, Tigers outfielder Marcus Thames, along with members of the front office, will visit Plymouth Educational Center students from 11-12 p.m. The event will promote physical activity and encourage students to join a Detroit area summer baseball or softball program. Woody Woodriffe of WJBK FOX 2 will Emcee the event.
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Friday, May 9: As part of the “Play Baseball Detroit” program, Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis, along with members of the front office, will visit Earhart Middle School students from 1:20-2:15 p.m. The event will be filled with games, music, videos and more, all dedicated to reintroducing baseball to the students. Dr. Darius of FM 98 WJLB will Emcee the event.Â
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Sunday, May 11: On Mother’s Day, Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers will partner with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure against breast cancer. Players, coaches and umpires will wear pink wristbands and decals during the game. Additionally, pink bats will be used by select players during the game and will be auctioned through MLB to raise money for the national fundraising program. The goal of the campaign is to increase breast cancer awareness and to promote early detection.        Â