Hideki Matsui got his first two hits of the season on Japanese Heritage Day in Oakland. The A’s donated $50,000 to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan, which is the equivalent of the Yankees donating $15 million. Also, they beat the Mariners 7-1, helped by a run and an RBI from Matsui. Hawaii-born Kurt Suzuki countered Ichiro’s 1-for-3 with a 1-for-3 of his own, including an RBI double.
I’m not saying that the A’s won due to positive karma from the big donation, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t hurt.
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