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Dodgers step up efforts for Japan relief

Dodgers step up efforts for Japan relief

Dodgers step up efforts for Japan relief
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Only days after a plea for help from Hiroki Kuroda, a large group of his Dodgers teammates Saturday will collect donations that will be given to the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

Dodgers players and coaches will be available before the game at Camelback Ranch against Milwaukee from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST and all fans who make a monetary donation at that time will receive an autograph. Donation booths will be open in both the center-field and home-plate concourses from 12:30 until the end of the game.

Dodgers players and coaches who are scheduled to sign autographs include Chad Billingsley, Casey Blake, Jonathan Broxton, Jamey Carroll, Andre Ethier, Rafael Furcal, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly, James Loney, Vicente Padilla, Ramon Troncoso, Juan Uribe and Maury Wills. Japanese Minor Leaguers Kazuki Nishijima, Kazuya Takano and Robert Boothe will also be on hand. Players will sign autographs in the ballpark's third-base-side aisles at some point during the donation period.

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Kuroda, who has already donated $50,000 and is starting the game Saturday, will also sign autographs for donors at the center-field concourse table after he comes out of the game. Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda will sign autographs for fans at his usual table outside of the center-field gate.

Fans making a $20 donation will receive a voucher good for one baseline reserve seat for any remaining Dodgers game at Camelback Ranch, with a maximum of four vouchers per guest, as well as two tickets to one of two upcoming Spring Training games at Dodger Stadium.

Monetary donations of cash and checks will be accepted. Checks should be made out to "American Red Cross" with "Japan Tsunami Fund" in the memo line.

This past Tuesday, Dodger Stadium hosted a drive-through relief event that raised funds for Japan.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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