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THE RED SOX SUPPORT JAPAN RELIEF EFFORTS

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The Boston Red Sox today encouraged fans to join the team in showing support for those affected by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan last Friday.

Led by Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka, a native of Tokyo, Japan, and Hideki Okajima, from Kyoto, Japan, the team encouraged fans to consider making donations through the team charity, the Red Sox Foundation. 100 percent of donations received will be directed to the Red Cross relief efforts now underway in Japan. The Red Sox Foundation has committed to donate $50,000, and Matsuzaka and Okajima, along with fellow pitchers Itsuki Shoda and Junichi Tazawa, are each making personal donations.

Fans can help the victims of this devastating natural disaster by making a donation to the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. Fans can log on to redsoxfoundation.org to make a tax deductible donation via credit card online or by mail via check/money order. Checks should be made out to "Red Sox Foundation/Japan Relief" and sent to Red Sox Foundation, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215. Team officials noted that 100% of donations received will support the Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

Red Sox Japanese players plan to join Red Sox staff at the gates as they open at City of Palms Park today, Monday, March 14, and Thursday, March 17, to collect donations from fans attending the games.

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From left, Boston Red Sox pitchers Hideki Okajima, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Itsuki Shoda and Junichi Tazawa; athletic trainers Masai Takahashi and Kazu Sakita; interpreters Jeff Cutler and Kenta Yamada; massage therapist Mitsugi Funatsu; and Japanese media liaison Mikio Yoshimura stand at attention during pregame ceremonies before the game between the Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

From left, Boston Red Sox pitchers Hideki Okajima, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Itsuki Shoda and Junichi Tazawa bow their heads during the moment of silence for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan during pregame ceremonies before the game between the Red Sox and Florida Marlins. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)