Opening Day In Detroit To Feature Actor Simmons, Four Tops

DETROIT (AP) – Academy Award-winning actor and Detroit native J.K. Simmons will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Comerica Park as the Tigers open their 2015 Major League Baseball season.

The game’s official first pitch is scheduled at 1:08 p.m. Monday as Detroit starts a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins.

Simmons portrayed the Tigers manager in the 1999 film “For Love of the Game” and received an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in “Whiplash.”

The Four Tops will sing the national anthem Monday. The legendary Motown group also performed the national anthem at Comerica Park before Game 3 of the 2013 American League championship series.

The Tigers went 90-72 last year to win their fourth straight AL Central title. Detroit was swept in the playoffs by Baltimore.

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