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Dodgers to sign autographs to raise funds for tornado relief effort Sunday and Tuesday

April 30, 2011 |  9:16 pm

Dodgers logo Several Dodgers players and coaches will sign autographs Sunday and Tuesday in an effort to raise funds for those in the southern United States who were hit by the recent wave of tornadoes.

Sunday the autographs will be offered as part of the Viva Los Dodgers Day celebration in Lot 6 beyond center field.

The Dodgers are encouraging a donation of $5. Those expected to sign include Manager Don Mattingly, and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt as well as Clayton Kershaw, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Guerrier, Lance Cormier, Marcus Thames, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Rod Barajas.

Tuesday autographs will be signed in what the Dodgers call autograph alley, the area leading directly to Lot G behind center field.

Cormier and his family live in Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of the hardest hit areas, and the Dodgers said he is spearheading the team's relief effort.

Also starting Saturday and continuing through the final three games of the homestand against the Cubs, fans can text "GIVE" to 80888 to make a donation to the relief efforts through the Salvation Army or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

-- Steve Dilbeck