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Hunter following Kemp's lead in tornado relief

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CLEVELAND -- Torii Hunter is following Dodgers All-Star Matt Kemp's lead on tornado relief in Moore, Okla.

Hunter confirmed Wednesday that he plans on making a donation. He announced on Twitter late Tuesday night that he'll donate $1,000 for every home run he hits, but after feedback from some fans, decided to make a flat donation that isn't tied to statistics.

"I've only got one [home run]," Hunter said. "I usually hit mine in bunches. But I can give more."

The tweet came a day after Kemp, an Oklahoma native, said he'll be donating $1,000 for every home run he hits before the All-Star break toward tornado relief. Kemp soon upped his commitment, saying he also plans on a $250,000 donation.

"I was just doing it because of Matt," Hunter said. "Matt is one of my little brothers in the game. In the offseason, he comes and stays with me. We travel together. That's my little brother. So if he's doing that for his home state, it's something I want to do for him and the people of Oklahoma."

Hunter grew up next door to Oklahoma in Pine Bluff, Ark. He did not specify a dollar amount for his donation.

It's not the first time Hunter has stepped up for disaster relief. When he signed with the Tigers last November, he worked out a deal with new teammate Rick Porcello to acquire the number 48 in exchange for a donation to help victims of Hurricane Sandy in Porcello's native New Jersey.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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