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Rangers Auction Raises $164,000 for Tornado Relief

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Auction Raises $164K for Tornado Relief

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David Murphy #7, Nelson Cruz #17and Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers watch the video board of Cruz's grand slam home run in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners.

A live auction by the Texas Rangers raised $164,261 to support the victims of tornadoes that tore through North Texas and Moore, Okla., in May.

The auction was held during Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros.  The game was broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest, who mentioned the auction several times and had several segments dedicated to driving up bids during the broadcast.

According to the Rangers, "the highest bids were $12,700 for the Nolan Ryan/Fox Southwest Fan Express Experience, $12,600 for the Dallas Cowboys VIP Game Experience, and $8,100 each for the Fox Sports Southwest Behind-the-Scenes Experience and the Road Trip with the Dallas Stars."

The Texas Rangers Wives Association also raised more than $18,000 in a silent auction for team gift baskets put together by the players.  Each basket included autographed equipment, memorabilia, favorite foods and other items.

Proceeds from the auction are going to the United Way OK Strong Disaster Recovery Fund and Mission Granbury.

Limited edition OK Strong/TX Pride "We are One" T-shirts and key tags are still available at FoxSportsSouthwest.com for $25.00 each. The items carry an additional $5.95 to cover shipping and handling.

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