Cormier leading Dodgers' tornado relief efforts

Cormier leading Dodgers' tornado relief efforts

LOS ANGELES -- In an effort to raise funds for tornado relief efforts in the southern United States, Dodgers players will sign autographs for fans during Sunday's Viva Los Dodgers Day and before Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Right-hander Lance Cormier, who signed with the Dodgers in February, is leading the team's relief efforts. Cormier and his family reside in Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of the areas that suffered the most damage from the storms.

Manager Don Mattingly, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Guerrier, Marcus Thames, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Rod Barajas will also participate.

Thames, Guerrier and Honeycutt hail from areas affected by the storms.

For the rest of the homestand, fans can text "GIVE" to 80888 to make a donation to the relief efforts through the Salvation Army, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to designate a donation to the April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, fans will be able to give money or school supplies at Dodger Stadium at donation locations behind home plate on every level, as well as in the right- and left-field pavilions.

Dodgers Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda, who will be taking photos with fans and the 1981 World Series trophy in Autograph Alley tomorrow, will also accept donations.