In an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer, eight of the nine Twins in the starting lineup Sunday used pink bats at the plate, as did many other players around the league.
The results with the pink bats were good, so good in fact many of the players might want to consider using them in a repeat performance for Monday's game with Boston.
The pink bats accounted for all of the Twins' 10 hits in the game against Boston.
In the fifth inning, the Twins broke out for five runs on five hits by Minnesota batters, all who were using the pink bats. The big blows came from Craig Monroe and Adam Everett. Monroe launched a 382-foot, three-run home run to left field. Everett hit his own two-run homer later in the inning to give the Twins an early 5-0 lead. Monroe would later hit his second home run of the game in the seventh inning, which turned out to be the game-winning hit. He said that using the pink bat was in part a tribute to his own mother, who was watching the game from Texas.
"What a day for that," he said. "My mom is my biggest supporter. She has to be jumping up and down at home. I'm going to see if I can use that thing tomorrow. I swung well."
Everett, who hit his first home run of the season with the pink bat, also wondered if he could bring it out again Monday.
"I don't know if they are going to let us keep using those, but, hopefully, they will," he said.
Twins third baseman Mike Lamb was thinking pink when he sent a single up the middle to score two more runs for Minnesota in the third inning.
Minnesota players who used pink bats during the game included Monroe, Everett, Lamb, Carlos Gomez, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and Delmon Young.
Morneau collected three hits with the pink bat, followed by Monroe's two homers. Gomez, Mauer, Cuddyer, Lamb and Everett each collected one hit using the pink bats.
More than 200 Major League players signed up to use pink Louisville Slugger bats in Sunday's games to help raise awareness for breast cancer. 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. Fans can also purchase their own personalized pink bat at MLB.com, or www.slugger.com, with Major League Baseball donating $10 from the sale of each bat to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Other scheduled events to raise awareness for breast cancer and Mother's Day during Sunday's game with the Red Sox included a check presentation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for money raised in pledges through a Race for the Cure team made up of Twins players' wives; the introduction of mothers and grandmothers of Twins players; video greetings from players and their mothers; Minnesota moms replaced bases in the infield during a sixth-inning break in action and mothers were invited to run the bases with their children after the game.
Joe Kieser is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less