MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – New York Yankees reliever David Carpenter is going to bat to benefit patients at the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

Carpenter has teamed up with his friend Chicago Cubs reliever Jason Motte on Motte’s Strike Out Cancer campaign. The initiative features T-shirts Motte designed with a backward K over top of the word ‘Cancer’ for all 30 major league teams. (In baseball, a backward K signifies that a batter was struck out looking and not swinging.) The shirts are being sold online with a portion of the sales going to the favorite charities of major league players joining Motte in the effort to strike out cancer.  

A native of Morgantown and WVU alum, Carpenter lost both of his grandfathers, Darrell Carpenter Sr. and Lawrence Riggs, who were both patients at the Cancer Center, to prostate cancer.
“Since I made it to the big leagues, I wanted to find a way to give back for the wonderful treatment my grandfathers received at WVU,” he said. “The staff at the Cancer Center worked hard for our family.”

The “Strike Out Cancer” tees are showcased and available for purchase online at For each shirt sold, $2 will go to the Jason Motte Foundation and $8 to the charity of the player’s choice.

For information on the Jason Motte Foundation, visit

For information on the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, visit

For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
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