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Major league pitcher to donate to charity for each strikeout, save

All Headlines 14:43 September 13, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Yonhap) -- Oh Seung-hwan, closer for the St. Louis Cardinals, will be donating to a South Korean charity for every strikeout and save through next season.

Make-A-Wish Korea said Tuesday Oh has joined its "Saves for Wishes" campaign, and will be contributing 260,000 won (US$233) for every save he records. The donation amount was set based on Oh's number on the back of his jersey, 26.

In games when he doesn't record a save, Oh will donate 260,000 won for every strikeout.

The charity foundation said Oh will make his donation upon returning home following the end of the current major league season, and will make the same contribution to the campaign next year.

This is Oh's first season in the majors. He has previously pitched in South Korea and Japan.

"After seeing major league players making charitable donations in many different ways, I took more interest in charitable causes," said Oh, who made a 100 million won donation earlier this year to a youth sports foundation. "I will continue to try hard on the mound, knowing each and every pitch will help make sick children's wishes come true."

Oh has a 4-3 record and 17 saves with a 1.87 ERA in 70 appearances this season, along with 97 batters in 72 1/3 innings. He hasn't seen action since last weekend due to groin soreness.

The "Make-A-Wish" foundation is an organization helping children with life-threatening illnesses through its wish-granting work.

In this undated photo provided by Make-A-Wish Korea, Oh Seung-hwan of the St. Louis Cardinals holds up a ball to prove his participation in the charity foundation's campaign. (Yonhap)

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