Scutaro, Cuddyer pick up RBIs with pink bats

Scutaro, Cuddyer pick up RBIs with pink bats

LOS ANGELES -- A hard-luck hitter for much of this season, Rockies second baseman Marco Scutaro said he doesn't mind using any bat if it would improve his fortune.

Louisville Slugger isn't his usual brand of choice, but the deep pink bat the company provided on Mother's Day to raise breast cancer awareness ended up working for him. The Rockies' leadoff man lashed two hits and drove in a run -- his second RBI of the season -- in the 11-5 loss to the Dodgers.

"I swing everybody's bats," Scutaro said. "So I decided I'd give those a try."

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Michael Cuddyer, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI with a pink bat, said players have so enthusiastically taken to the awareness program, not only swinging pink bats but wearing pink wristbands and other equipment, that the program should be extended to other cancer awareness initiatives.

"I'd like to swing a blue bat on Father's Day for prostate cancer awareness, and later in the year there's an awareness program for childhood cancer," Cuddyer said. "I don't know of a single person that hasn't been touched by cancer in their lives."