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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to match Thomas Neal's pledge for Oklahoma tornado relief

SWB to also donate $20 to relief efforts for every hit Neal records until All-Star break
05/28/2013 12:10 PM ET
By Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Media Relations

Every hit Thomas Neal records until the Triple-A All-Star break is a $40 pledge to Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.(AP)

Moosic, Pa. - On May 21st, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) outfielder Thomas Neal announced he would donate $20 for every hit he records until the Triple-A All-Star break to relief efforts in Oklahoma following the devastating tornadoes. In support of their hot-hitting outfielder, the RailRiders organization announced Monday will match Neal's donation with every hit.

"The devastation felt by everyone in Oklahoma resonates throughout the country," said RailRiders president and GM Rob Crain. "We knew we wanted to do something as an organization for the relief efforts, and when Thomas asked us to join him, it made perfect sense."

"God gave me a gift which was the ability to play baseball. His blessings have allowed me to do it for a living," said Neal. "I'd like to use the ability I've been given to help others as much as I can, and Oklahoma needs a little hand. So hopefully when this operation is finished I'll have to write a nice big fat check."

Neal's charitable exploits off the field match up well with is performance on it. Through Sunday, Neal was hitting .345 (38-110). That mark leads Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he's also first in on-base percentage (.443), tied for second in doubles (9), and ranks third in RBI (18). Those numbers are quite impressive considering Neal missed 15 games because of injury.

The RailRiders encourage businesses and individuals to partner with Neal and SWB in support of Oklahoma as the recovery and reconstruction efforts begin. Area businesses interested in joining forces with Neal and the RailRiders should contact Rachel Mark at rmark@swbrailriders.com or by calling 570-969-BALL (2255).

Since his declaration of support, Neal has recorded eight hits, including at least one hit in each game. Neal and the RailRiders will have plenty of opportunity to add to that donation total; as of Monday, SWB has 50 games left on the schedule until the Triple-A All-Star game on July 17.

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