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Dodgers' Kenta Maeda expresses concern for quake victims in native Japan

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda said his thoughts Thursday were on the people in his native Japan affected by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake.

The quake was located near the city of Kumamoto, in southern Japan, about an hour's flight from the right-hander’s hometown outside of Osaka. The quake was closer to the city of Hiroshima, where Maeda pitched professionally for eight seasons.

“The center of the earthquake was pretty far from me so everybody from my family is fine,” Maeda said through an interpreter.

Maeda, who is making preparations for a start on national television Sunday night against the visiting San Francisco Giants, said he was still searching for details on the quake that had killed at least nine people, according to ABC News.

“I am concerned about their well-being in general,” Maeda said. “I don’t know the details too much of exactly what happened.”