Detroit Tigers' 1st playoff game is Saturday against Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park

Published On: Oct 03 2012 05:30:25 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2012 03:35:04 PM EDT

The champagne was flowing and their faces were glowing as the Detroit Tigers celebrated their American League Central Division win.


The American League Central Division Champion Detroit Tigers will host Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday at Comerica Park.

  • All gates will open at 4 p.m.
  • First pitch will be at 6:10 p.m.  
  • All fans will receive a Detroit Tigers Rally Towel, courtesy of Chevy.
  • Both teams will participate in pregame introductions on the field. Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m.
  • Former Tigers pitcher and 1968 World Series Champion, Mickey Lolich, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
  • The National Anthem will be performed by Michigan native and The Voice runner-up Tony Lucca. The Michigan Joint Honor Guard will present colors. A 60’x120’ American Flag will be presented on the outfield grass during the singing of the national anthem. A Military flyover featuring four A-10 Aircrafts from the 107th Fighter 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard is scheduled to take place prior to the game.
  • Game Ball Delivery:Sergeant Christopher Berry of the United States Marine Corps from Davison, Michigan will deliver the game ball. Sergeant Berry recently returned from his third deployment including two tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq. In 2010, his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for their actions in Hellmand Province, Afghanistan. He is currently serving at the Recruiting Station Detroit. Sergeant Berry has proudly served the Marine Corps for eight years.  

The Tigers clenched the 2012 American League Central Division champions spot after a 6-3 win Monday night over the Kansas City Royals.

Detroit claims the division title for the second-straight season and second time in franchise history since joining the Central in 1998. This will be the Tigers' third trip to the postseason since 2006 when they won the AL wild card.

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