TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays will be making a donation to the Canadian Red Cross hurricane relief efforts across the Caribbean and the United States.
The team said in a statement Saturday that it will be donating $1 from the sale of every ticket to Monday’s home game against the Baltimore Orioles to the Red Cross.
"The Toronto Blue Jays are deeply saddened by the widespread hurricane devastation currently impacting the United States and the Caribbean," the release said. "To aid in the humanitarian response, the club will be lending support to its baseball families and affected communities in these regions."
The National Hurricane Center says the eye of powerful Hurricane Irma will strike southwestern Florida, the Keys and the Tampa Bay region starting Sunday.
The western part of the state will most likely get the worst of Irma, which has already ravaged the Caribbean.
The Blue Jays spring training home in Dunedin, Fla., is less than 40 kilometres from Tampa. They also has a Class-A affiliate there which wrapped up its season with a Florida State League championship Sept. 6.
With files from The Associated Press