In a pregame ceremony, Tigers manager Jim Leyland presented Mariano Rivera with framed photos of the all-time saves leader pitching at both Tiger Stadium and Comerica Park, including vials of mound dirt from each site. Such road tributes could be a yearlong trend for Rivera, who announced this would be his final season.

Rivera grandly tipped his cap as the Tigers fans gave him a standing ovation. "I’m not asking for anything [but] I’m going to enjoy," said Rivera, who also met with three Tigers fans as part of his mission to give thanks to unsung baseball people; a longtime groundskeeper, a longtime season ticket holder and a war veteran.

Rivera concludes his regular-season career having never blown a save at Comerica Park. He’s 23-for-23 in save opportunities versus Detroit since 1999.

Hafner’s home

Today’s visit to Cleveland is a homecoming for Travis Hafner, who played 10 seasons for the Indians and resides year-round in the area. "I think so," Hafner said when asked if he expects a warm reception from the home fans. "Making the playoffs in 2007 [versus the Yankees], that was probably the big thing there. I had some really good seasons there." The Yanks will greet old friend Nick Swisher today.

Not 100 percent

Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda said his right middle finger is not 100 percent, but it won’t prevent him from starting today at Cleveland. "I’d be lying if I said there’s nothing bothering me, but I have to deal with it," said Kuroda, who took a liner off the finger during his last start, exiting four batters later.