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Thu, 27 Aug 2009

Hiroki Kuroda matches first $25,00 raised during ThinkCure! Radiotelewebethon.

Long time SSK professional baseball advisory staff member Hiroki Kuroda (the 34-year old Japanese right-handed pitcher in his second season of the Los Angeles Dodgers), donated US$25,000 to the ThinkCure! charity. ThinkCure! is an innovative, community-based non-profit that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research to cure cancers. The charity was launched in July 2007 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the McCourt family, City of Hope and Childrenfs Hospital Los Angeles.

During Second Annual ThinkCure! Radiotelewebethon Kuroda was very pleased to present an oversized check to match the first $25,000.00 donated on August 21. Hiroki understands very well how people fighting cancers feel because he lost his parents to lung cancer just a few years ago. The non-profit organization raised more than $200,000 during the 3-day event -- far more than the last yearfs total.

Hiroki Kuroda was honored to be a 2009 season starting pitcher for the Dodgers and picked up his first win of the year with a very impressive performance against the Padres in San Diego on April 6. Unfortunately, Kuroda went on the disabled list on Aug. 15 after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Rusty Ryal of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kuroda has resumed throwing and is expected to be reinstated as early as Aug. 31.

His current pitching stats are 16 starts, 5 wins - 5 losses, an earned run average of 4.08, and 63 strikeouts. We at SSK keep our fingers crossed that Hiroki will make a complete recovery from his head injury as soon as possible and help the team stack up regular season wins and head toward play-off, and more importantly, World Series games. Kurodafs black SSK pitching glove is uniquely embroidered as g18 KURODAh in gold on the outside thumb and his palm lining has an embossed gThank youh stamped in Japanese.

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