Friday November 09, 2012 | 12:31 AM

Talked to Portland Sea Dogs catcher Jayson Hernandez Thursday night and he spoke of the devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to his home state of New Jersey.

“It’s a big hardship,” said Hernandez, who has been organizing a campaign called “Grand Slam for Sandy.”

The Sea Dogs joined in the effort, offering to donate $1 to the cause, from every ticket sold from Wednesday through today at 5 p.m.

For more information, see the Sea Dogs website.

I’ll have more on Hernandez and his efforts in Sunday’s column.

Hernandez’s friend, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, has also offered to help out with donations. Hernandez and Ranaudo were not only Sea Dogs teammates, they were teammates at St. Rose High School in Belmar, N.J. The school is still shut down from the storm.

Ranaudo is not in his native New Jersey this month. He is pitching in the Puerto Rican winter league.

Ranaudo pitched in the season opener Thursday and faced 10 batters over three no-hit innings (one walk, three strikeouts).

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