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Signed Ichiro Game Jersey in Charity Auction

An autographed Northwest green jersey worn by Ichiro on Opening Night at Safeco Field on April 8, and a game-used base signed by the entire Seattle Mariners team are among the items that will be up for bid to benefit Japan relief efforts.

A total of six items are being offered in an online auction at www.mariners.com that began Wednesday afternoon.  Bidding will close on April 22 at 5pm PDT.

Game worn Ichiro jersey autographedAll proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Red Cross to assist with recovery from last month’s earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan.

Bidding on the jersey opened at $3,000.

The official lineup card from the April 8 game, signed by manager Eric Wedge, a game-used ball signed by Opening Night starter Jason Vargas, a game-used bat autographed by first baseman Justin Smoak, and an autographed Felix Hernandez Cy Young Bobblehead are also offered.

To participate in the auction, bidders need to register at www.mariners.com/auctions.

The Mariners have dedicated the six-game opening homestand of the 2011 season to Japan relief efforts. Volunteers are collecting donations to the Red Cross outside the gates of Safeco Field before each game of the six game homestand. The Club will make a donation to the Red Cross to match all Mariners Front Office employee and fan contributions with a guaranteed donation through Mariners Care of $100,000.

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