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Detroit Tigers Opening Day 2019: Here's what to know

Tigers host Royals for home opener

Christin Stewart celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the tenth inning on Opening Day against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on March 28, 2019, in Toronto, Canada. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers will host the Kansas City Royals on Thursday for their 2019 home opener, or "Opening Day" in Detroit.

Here's the Opening Day lineup:

  • Josh Harrison, 2B
  • Nicholas Castellanos, RF
  • Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  • Niko Goodrum, CF
  • Jeimer Candelario, 3B
  • Christin Stewart, DH
  • Dustin Peterson, LF
  • Grayson Greiner, C
  • Jordy Mercer, SS

Pitching: Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

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Weather forecast

There is a chance for rain on Thursday at game time. If necesary, the game could be rain delayed or postponed until Friday.

Track the updated weather forecast here.

Here's what to know about the Tigers' first homestand of the season:

Thursday, April 4 vs. Royals

  • Honor Guard - 127th Wing Air Force Honor Guard based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
  • Military Flyover - Four A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” attack aircraft from the 107th Fighter Squadron and part of the 127th Wing located at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
  • National Anthem - in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, Grammy Award nominated and original member of the Supremes, Mary Wilson.
  • Ceremonial First Pitch - 1984 World Series Champion, Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP, Guillermo “Willie” Hernandez.
  • Game ball – will be delivered by Brigadier General John D. Slocum, the Commander, 127th Wing, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan.

Saturday, April 6 vs. Royals

  • First pitch 1:10 p.m. -- Gates open 11:30 a.m.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a 2019 magnetic schedule, courtesy of DMC.
  • Love Your Melon ticket package, for more information visit tigers.com/loveyourmelon

Sunday, April 7 vs. Royals

  • First Pitch 1:10 p.m. -- Gates open 11:30 a.m.
  • Kids Opening Day - presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • All kids 14-and-under will receive a Kids Opening Day wall calendar, courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Tuesday, April 9 vs. Cleveland Indians

  • First Pitch 1:10 p.m. -- Gates open 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 10 vs. Cleveland Indians

  • First Pitch 1:10 p.m. -- Gates open 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 11 vs. Cleveland Indians

  • First Pitch 1:10 p.m. -- Gates open 11:30 a.m.
  • CSI Forensic Science Day- The first installment of the Class Outside Series, presented by Oakland University, for more information visit tigers.com/classoutside
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by University of Michigan football player Devin Bush, Jr.

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