Rockies join cause by using pink bats

Rockies join cause by using pink bats

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo wasn't going to blame the pink bats.

The Rockies suffered a 2-0 loss to the Dodgers on Mother's Day, when players across baseball used pink bats to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money to fight the disease.

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Five of the Rockies' nine starters used pink bats. The other players wore pink wristbands, and starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez used pink laces in his spikes. The Rockies' two hits off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw came with pink bats, but neither hit left the infield.

"This is for Mother's Day -- that's for the mom," Olivo said. "I played the whole game with my bat. That was for the mom."

Pink bats have become annual Mother's Day symbols as part of an overall "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative by Major League Baseball that raises awareness about breast cancer and directs proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans play the next big role in this process, because attention will move now to the MLB.com Auction and the gradual arrival of game-used pink bats, home plates and logo bases and lineup cards. Fans also can purchase their own personalized "Mother's Day 2010" pink bats right now for $79.99 apiece at the MLB.com Shop, with $10 from the sale of each one going to Komen.

Baseball players love what Mother's Day and the fight against breast cancer stands for, but they also are creatures of habit who want hits. Todd Helton finished with three strikeouts, the first two with pink bats before he switched to a black bat.

Ian Stewart, who had an infield single with a pink bat in the fourth, went to the black bat while facing Jonathan Broxton with runners at the corners and two out in the ninth, but he flied to right field. The two hits in that inning did not come with pink, by the way.

The other pink bat hit was Troy Tulowitzki's bunt single in the first inning. But Kershaw struck out Stewart, who kept his pink bat on his shoulder and took a third strike that the Rockies felt was inside, with the bases loaded to end the inning.  

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.