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Oakland A’s, Fans Donate To Japan Quake Relief Efforts

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A Japanese Red Cross volunteer surveys the damage in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. (Photo by Japanese Red Cross/IFRC via Getty Images)

A Japanese Red Cross volunteer surveys the damage in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. (Photo by Japanese Red Cross/IFRC via Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (KCBS) – A $50,000 check was presented to the San Francisco Japanese Consul General at the Oakland A’s ballgame on Sunday afternoon, all part of Japanese Heritage Day at the ballpark and ongoing relief efforts for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

A’s 3rd base coach Mike Gallegos said it makes sense for the team to support Japan.

“The community is very strong here and they’re very supportive of the Oakland A’s,” he said. “Now that we have Hideki Matsui, that’s obviously a big help. They’ve always been big baseball fans and big supporters of the Oakland A’s. It’s a huge day for all of us.”

KCBS’ Bob Butler Reports:

Matsui, the Japanese star who signed with the team in the offseason, has already donated more than $600,000 for relief efforts.

Seattle Mariner’s outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, whose team was taking on the A’s on Sunday, has also donated more than $1 million to relief efforts.

The ball club donated $1 for every ticket sold to the Red Cross and Sunday’s game also featured pregame ceremonies and entertainment, along with several other fundraising components.

The A’s ended up with their first win of the season, defeating the Mariners 7-1, with Matsui rather fittingly picking up his 2,500 career hit, spanning his career in both Japan and the U.S.

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