Former New York Yankees players Derek Jeter, left, and Hideki Matsui confer each other during a clinic at a charity baseball event at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2015. The ex-major league teammates took part in the charity event to support su
Toru Takahashi
March 21, 2015

TOKYO (AP) Hideki Matsui went to bat for children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and hit a home run.

The 2009 World Series MVP teamed up with former New York Yankees teammate Derek Jeter on Saturday to raise funds for children from Japan's disaster-stricken Tohoku region.

''Jeter played a big role in all of this,'' Matsui said. ''The kids had a magnificent day. Hopefully, when they go back to their everyday lives tomorrow, they'll have new dreams to sustain them.''

Jeter and Matsui conducted a youth baseball clinic then managed middle school teams in a three-inning contest, won 2-0 by Matsui's squad.

The day's final event was a home run derby between the U.S. and Japanese students. Matsui thrilled the fans when he stepped up to the plate and hit a towering homer over the right-field wall at Tokyo Dome, where he spent 10 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants before heading to the U.S.

During his four-day visit to Japan, Jeter also took in a sumo tournament and visited Matsui's hometown.

''It was a wonderful few days,'' Jeter said. ''Hideki showed me around, I got a chance to go see his hometown, I got a chance to see sumo wrestling and to top it off today was this great charity event. I'm grateful Hideki invited me and it's all for a great cause.''

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