Orioles don pink gear to raise awareness

Orioles don pink gear to raise awareness

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles took part in the league-wide Mother's Day celebration with the use of pink bats, wrist bands, cleats and other merchandise on Sunday.

Baltimore's Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Adam Jones used the pink bats and combined for three hits and three RBIs in the game.

Wieters, who also wore pink cleats, used his pink bat to blast a two-run home run to right in the sixth. He also doubled off the left-center field wall in the second inning, later scoring on a single off the bat of Davis.

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"Any time you can raise awareness for something like that I think it's a good thing," Davis said. "Especially the platform that we're on. I know a lot of people do stuff in the offseason to support their own cause, but when we can kind of all get together and do something like this and do it on a national stage, it's obviously going to help out."

Nick Markakis, who had two doubles and three RBIs, wore pink cleats, as did designated hitter Nick Johnson. All four members of the starting infield -- Davis, Robert Andino, J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty -- joined Jones in wearing pink wristbands.

Tommy Hunter, a starting pitcher who did not appear in the game, made the brightest statement, wearing cleats that were solid pink throughout.

Davis said he felt the initiative was a good way to make a statement to his mom, who watches most of the team's games.

"Just to let her know I'm thinking about her, that I appreciate everything that she's done for me and that I love her," Davis said.

The Orioles pink bats will be available as part of MLB.com auction's opportunity, which also helps Komen for the Cure. The last part of the event is always the auctioning of the game-used and autographed pink bats to raise further funds. The auction increasingly represents a sizable chunk of the total that goes to Komen for overall funding for awareness, research and treatment of breast cancer.