Dodgers to sign autographs Saturday at Camelback Ranch to raise money for Japan

This article was originally on a blog post platform and may be missing photos, graphics or links. See About archive blog posts.

In exchange for donating money to the Japanese tsunami and earthquake relief efforts, fans can receive an autograph from Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp or one of several other Dodgers.

Days after Hiroki Kuroda told teammates he was donating $50,000 to the relief efforts and asked them for help, the Dodgers will host a fundraiser before their game at Camelback Ranch against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., players and coaches will be signing autographs in the aisles of the third-base side of the ballpark. Among the Dodgers scheduled to participate are Ethier, Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Casey Blake, Jonathan Broxton, Jamey Carroll, Rafael Furcal, Ted Lilly, James Loney, Vicente Padilla, Ramon Troncoso, Juan Uribe and Maury Wills. Tom Lasorda will sign autographs outside of the center-field gate.

Kuroda is starting the game but will sign autographs on the center-field concourse after he is taken out.

Fans donating $20 will receive a voucher that can be exchanged for a baseline reserve seat at one of the Dodgers’ remaining games at Camelback Ranch -- each fan can receive as many as four vouchers -- as well as two tickets to one of the two exhibition games later this month at Dodger Stadium.

Cash and checks will be accepted. Checks should be made out to the American Red Cross and have “Japan Tsunami Fund” written in the memo line.


-- Dylan Hernandez in Phoenix