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O's think pink in fight against cancer

O's think pink in fight against cancer

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles certainly care about raising awareness for breast cancer, they just couldn't quite go to bat for the cause on Sunday.

The O's only had two hits, a season low, on a day hitters used pink bats to raise awareness for breast cancer. Catcher Guillermo Quiroz ensures that the pink didn't cause the offensive futility.

"Color doesn't really matter," he said. "As long as you're comfortable."

Pink bats have become annual Mother's Day symbols as part of the "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative by Major League Baseball that raises proceeds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for the Cure.

Fans play the next big role in this process, because attention will move now to MLB.com Auctions and the gradual arrival of those pink bats that were used and then signed by the ballplayers. Signed home plates and bases with the pink-ribbon logo also will be among the auction items that annually draw a frenzy, and all proceeds again will go to the Komen Foundation. It is a "rolling auction," so if you don't see a player's bat in the next few weeks, keep coming back, because eventually most or all of them show up there.

Fans also can purchase their own personalized Mother's Day 2008 pink bats right now for $79 apiece at the MLB.com Shop, with $10 from the sale of each one going to Komen.

Quiroz knows the promotion is one of the most important ones of the year, and he looks forward to doing it every season.

"It's awesome," Quiroz said. "You're not just going out there to support cancer awareness, but all the moms in the world."

It's not that the Orioles didn't try to produce with the pink bats. Center fielder Adam Jones had been working on his swing with a pink bat since Thursday. Back then, he swung it around in the locker room and talked about how cool it looked.

Freddie Bynum wanted to use one but didn't have one. Bynum was called up to the team on Thursday and didn't have the opportunity to get one.

Seven of the nine starters for Baltimore used the pink bats. They might not have had success at the plate, but they're hoping to have success in the fight against breast cancer.

"You try to help all the people," Quiroz said. "People with cancer have a really tough battle, and all you can do is show them your support."

Mark Dent is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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