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Dozier sending pink cleats, ball to mother

Dozier sending pink cleats, ball to mother

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Dozier sending pink cleats, ball to mother
MINNEAPOLIS -- Before the Twins played the Blue Jays on Sunday morning, Brian Dozier called the local florist in his hometown of Fulton, Miss., to order his mom flowers for Mother's Day.

But he couldn't get through to the florist, so he thought he'd have to settle with just getting her a new pair of shoes for the holiday.

Instead, Dozier was able to get her a few more gifts, as he hit his first career home run in the Twins' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. And he did it while wearing pink cleats to help raise awareness for breast cancer because he lost his grandmother to the disease.

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So Dozier said he'll send both the cleats and the ball to his mom as special Mother's Day gifts.

"She's the best in the world," said Dozier, who exchanged two signed balls and batting gloves with a fan for the home run ball. "My grandmother actually died of breast cancer a few years ago, so I was out there rocking the pink cleats. But also my mom and my whole family was watching at home. I love my mom and she's the best."

Dozier wasn't the only Twins player to use pink gear, as Denard Span, Josh Willingham and Jamey Carroll used special pink bats.

They were three of hundreds of MLB players who used pink bats made by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo.

To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel also wore the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms, along with pink wrist bands.

Those pink bats used in games and signed by teams are also authenticated by MLB and then presented exclusively at the MLB.com Auction site at a later date to raise additional funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he certainly supports the cause, and was happy to see so many of his players use pink bats and wristbands to raise awareness.

"Our wives end up raising our kids because we're gone so much," Gardenhire said. "You look back at being the soccer mom and being the baseball mom and being the track mom. Taking the kids everywhere and taking them to school. They do everything while we're out here chasing baseball around. So they mean everything."

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