Mariners don pink to fight cancer

Mariners don pink to fight cancer

SEATTLE -- The Mariners took the field for Sunday's series finale against the Yankees like any other day at Safeco Field. White uniforms, mitts, gloves, cleats and pink bats.

That's right. Pink bats.

In an effort to help raise awareness for breast cancer, six members of the Seattle Mariners used pink bats, joining more than 200 Major League players who were signed up to use the pink Louisville Slugger bats in Sunday's Mother's Day games.

Jose Vidro, Raul Ibanez, Richie Sexon, Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt and Jamie Burke all swung in pink on Sunday, while all players on both teams donned pink ribbons and wristbands during the game.

The bats did not detract from the Mariners' ability to hit, either. Out of 19 at-bats with pink bats, Seattle recorded five hits, more than half of the club's hits for the game (nine).

So, despite the challenge of using a different bat, it seems the Mariners passed with flying colors.

"It's hard from a player's perspective to change your bat color, but I think the guys that used it understand what it's for," Ibanez said. "I think it was nice for the guys to realize we had an opportunity to raise awareness, and to raise some funds for a great cause."

More importantly, the Mariners left Safeco Field with more than a win over the Yankees -- they helped fight a disease that affects women and men around the world.

"It's not about what you give back as much as it is about what you feel inside," Vidro said. "We want to show the world that we care about what's going on."

Select game-used bats, as well as team-autographed bats from every club, will be auctioned on MLB.com at a later date, with proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

In addition, any fan interested in contributing to the cause can purchase his or her own personalized pink bat at MLB.com or www.slugger.com, and Major League Baseball will donate $10 from the sale of each bat to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

For both Mariners players and fans, this Mother's Day was one to remember.

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Game goes to bat for breast cancer

"What else can you ask for?" Ibanez said. "You get this opportunity and platform to do some good in the community and raise awareness, and I think we accomplished that with the pink bats and the pink wristbands, and you have to credit MLB for doing that, and all the guys that used them. It's great."

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