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Red Sox Encouraging Support For Japan Earthquake Relief

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Red Sox pitchers (L-R) Junichi Tazawa, Itsuki Shoda, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima collect donations for the tsunami victims just before the start of a Spring Training Game against the New York Yankees at City of Palms Park on March 14, 2011 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Red Sox pitchers (L-R) Junichi Tazawa, Itsuki Shoda, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima collect donations for the tsunami victims just before the start of a Spring Training Game against the New York Yankees at City of Palms Park on March 14, 2011 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox are encouraging fans to join the team in showing support for those affected by the 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, with 100-percent of donations received being sent to the Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

Read: Matsuzaka, Okajima Among Japanese Players Concerned About Family

The Red Sox Foundation has committed to donate $50,000, and Matsuzaka and Okajima, along with fellow pitchers Junichi Tazawa and Itsuki Shoda, are each making personal donations.

Matsuzaka and Okajima recorded video messages in Japanese and English expressing support for their country and asking fans to make a donation.  The videos and donation details are available on the Club’s official website at redsox.com/japan, and on the charity’s website, www.redsoxfoundation.org.

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