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Home-opening series to feature several festivities

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers will start off a weekend of remembering last season's run to the World Series during their home-opening series against the team they swept out of the American League Championship Series last October to get to the Fall Classic.

The team will raise its 2012 AL championship banner Friday before the home opener against the Yankees. Willie Horton, part of the heart of the 1968 World Series championship club, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to ex-teammate and current Tigers broadcaster Jim Price. Motown legends The Four Tops will sing the National Anthem prior to the 1:05 p.m. ET start.

The team will also hold a moment of silence to remember the late Virgil Trucks, former Tigers pitching great who passed away last month.

The next day, members of the 2012 AL champions will receive their championship rings in a pregame ceremony that will include Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder receiving their 2012 AL Silver Slugger awards.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.
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