Rutledge happy to don pink gear for Mother's Day

Rutledge happy to don pink gear for Mother's Day

ST. LOUIS -- Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge's older brother, Michael, lives in Alabama, but works for the St. Louis-based Edward Jones investment company. So this was a good weekend for Michael to see his little brother play and bring along the parents, Tony and Cheryl.

So Josh Rutledge figured it was time for a gift for mom. But he had to wear it during Sunday's 8-2 victory over the Cardinals. After the game, he delivered his pink Under Armour baseball spikes to mom. On Mother's Day, players often wear pink accessories and sometimes swing pink bats as part of Major League Baseball's breast cancer awareness campaign that's associated with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

"I'm going to give all my stuff to her just so she can keep it," Rutledge said. "I told her yesterday. It was just close enough to drive for them."

Rutledge went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Eric Young Jr., who struck out, and Reid Brignac, who hit an RBI double, used pink bats. Plenty of players wore pink wristbands, including Rutledge. Third baseman Nolan Arenado wore a prominent pink sleeve on his left forearm and had two hits, including a double.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.