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Updating The News On MLB Japanese Players And Their Families

The news keeps coming in about Japanese players in the Major Leagues today, all of which is either good news or uncertain news. I did my best to round up the stories.

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As you already know, Braves pitcher Kenshin Kawakami was unaffected by the disaster. He is from an area not affected by it, and his family has been contacted.

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Former Braves reliever Takashi Saito has dealt with uncertainty for much of today. He found out a little while ago that his extended family is fine, but he still hasn't heard from his immediate family, according to reports. As of midday, he was still uncertain as to whether he will need to go to Japan.

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Yankees pitcher Kei Igawa hasn't heard from his family yet. As of Friday afternoon, he was still in his apartment in Tampa trying to reach them. His family is from an area that was hit by the tsunami.

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Some quotes from Japanese players, including Red Sox pitcher Diasuke Matsuzaka and Athletics slugger Hideki Matsui. Matsuzaka has been in contact with his parents, but he hasn't heard from his grandmother.

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Bud Selig issued a statement earlier today regarding the disaster. The link includes information for donating to the Red Cross.

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Obviously, there are far more players in the majors from Japan than I mentioned, but these are the ones I could find in the news. Continue to keep all of them, and the entire country, in your thoughts and prayers.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.