Yanks pitch in

Suffice it to say that the relatively quiet spring training this year has been shaken by the incidents in Japan. With so many Japanese players in the major leagues these days, concern over families in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant drama that have traumatized that nation has been paramount.

The Yankees led the way in the reaction by donating $100,000 to support rescue and relief efforts. Of the total, $50,000 will be given to the Salvation Army and $50,000 to the Red Cross, both of which are already working in relief efforts on the ground in Japan.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the terrible earthquake in Japan,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said. “We hope that the international community does everything in its power to support and assist the Japanese people in their time of need.”

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