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Ichiro Suzuki Donates To Japanese Red Cross

Ichiro Suzuki #51 and Ken Griffey Jr. #24 of the Seattle Mariners look on during batting practice against the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 5,
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Seattle Mariners Right Fielder, Ichiro Suzuki, has donated 100 million yen (about $1.25 million) to the Japanese Red Cross to assist with the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, reports the Kyodo News Agency.

Ichiro signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2001 and is the second Japanese-born everyday position player in Major League Baseball.

Nintendo Co., Ltd., which owns the Mariners, will also be making donations to the relief effort. The club will make a minimum donation of $100,000 to the Red Cross through Mariners Care, and will also match any number that fans and front-office employees reach in the Season Opening Stand April 8th-13th.

According to statement from Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln:

“The Mariners join with people from around the world in extending our sympathy to the many people affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. The Mariners have had great support from the Japanese business community and fans all across Japan. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them as they begin the long road to recovery.”

Read more at SeattleMariners.com

Opening Day is just a few weeks away! The Mariners kick off their season on the road this year and will open up Safeco Field for 2011 against the Cleveland Indians

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