- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Academy Award-winning actor and Detroit native J.K. Simmons has thrown the ball down the middle for the ceremonial first pitch at Comerica Park as the Tigers open their 2015 Major League Baseball season.

The Monday afternoon game opened a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. Detroit won 4-0.

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 have sung the national anthem. 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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