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March 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Ichiro donates more than $1.2 million to Japanese quake victims

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Word got out today that Ichiro, who has yet to comment on last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in his native Japan, has donated 100 million yen to Red Cross relief efforts.
The yen has fluctuated wildly since the disaster — it’s actually gone up in value because of anticipation of massive spending on rebuilding in Japan — but it today is worth in the ballpark of $1.23 million to $1.27 million U.S. dollars.
The Mariners announced this morning that they will match any all Mariners front office employees and fan donations to the Red Cross. They have stated that they will make a guaranteed donation of $100,000 to meet the match requirements.
Nintendo of America Inc., the majority owner of the M’s, is making a contribution of its own. So is parent company Nintendo Co, Ltd. of Kyoto, Japan, which has given the equivalent of roughly $3.7 million U.S. (300,000,000 yen).
On the first Mariners homestand, Red Cross volunteers will be outside Safeco Field accepting donations. There will also be donations taken inside the Safeco Field gates at sections 123, 233 and 329.
The team is also donating proceeds from its first Mariners Care silent auction on April 9 to the Red Cross.
The clubhouse here in Peoria is closed at the moment. The M’s had a team meeting scheduled for 8:55 a.m. Something to do with Eric Wedge’s comments about the team being “sloppy” the past two games, perhaps? Perhaps.


The lineups are already out for today’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Jack Wilson is not in it. Wilson was a late scratch from last night’s game so he could attend to what the team said was a personal matter.
ARIZONA
2B Kelly Johnson
CF Willie Bloomquist
3B Melvin Mora
DH Wily Mo Pena
LF Xavier Nady
1B Brandon Allen
SS Tony Abreu
RF Gerardo Pena
C Henry Blanco
RHP Daniel Hudson
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
DH Milton Bradley
1B Justin Smoak
2B Adam Kennedy
CF Franklin Gutierrez
SS Luis Rodriguez
LF Mike Wilson
C Josh Bard
LHP Jason Vargas

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