Hideki Matsui and the Oakland A’s announced Tuesday that they have already raised more than $50,000 to help with relief efforts in Japan. Matsui separately donated $620,000. Also, the A’s will donate $1 for every ticket sold for this Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners to the Japanese Red Cross. Sunday also happens to be Japanese Heritage Day. In addition, the uniforms worn by Matsui and fellow Japanese star Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners from their opener Friday night in Oakland will be framed and auctioned off Sunday to help the cause. Ichiro previously donated 100 million yen or about $1.24 million dollars to the Japanese Red Cross. The Mariners will also make a donation to the Red Cross that matches all contributions from front office employees and fans during the homestand against the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays April 8-13 at Safeco Field. The team guaranteed a donation of $100,000 from the club’s charitable arm, Mariners Care. Nintendo Co., Ltd. of Japan, the parent company of Nintendo of America, Inc., the majority owner of the Mariners, is donating $3.7 million for disaster relief as well. Other donors include Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who donated $1 million to the Japanese Red Cross through the Red Sox Foundation, the club’s charitable arm. To date, the Red Sox Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million from fans, team partners and sponsors, and Red Sox players and staff, including Matsuzaka’s gift and a $50,000 donation from the Red Sox Foundation. The New York Yankees have also made a $100,000 donation.
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