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05/12/08 12:18 AM ET

Crisp thinks pink with big swing

Red Sox center fielder goes deep using commemorative bat

MINNEAPOLIS -- On Mother's Day, the Red Sox were ready to think pink.

Seven of the nine hitters in Boston's starting lineup vs. the Twins came to the plate waving pink bats in support of the battle against breast cancer.

David Ortiz delivered the first pink-bat hit for Boston with a sharp single to right in the opening inning. Coco Crisp used a pink bat to sock his two-run homer which brought the Red Sox within two runs during the seventh inning.

"People in my family have gone through it," said Crisp. "Major League Baseball does a great job in promoting a day that is special to a lot of people."

Although the Boston pink bats couldn't quite catch up to Minnesota's offense on Sunday night in a 9-8 loss, the Red Sox made a statement with their support for the cause.

While Crisp showed power using his pink bat, he had another twist on that matter. The home run, his second in two nights, came during an evening when pink was everywhere and there was a lot to be inspired about.

"The day," Crisp said, "was very powerful."

Catcher Jason Varitek didn't play on Sunday, but has pink catcher's equipment that will be auctioned on MLB.com, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

At Fenway Park, 3,500 took part in the Mother's Day Walk on the field.

Pink bats have become annual Mother's Day symbols as part of an overall "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative by Major League Baseball that raises awareness about breast cancer and directs massive proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans can play the next big role in this process, because attention will move now to the MLB.com Auction and the gradual arrival of those pink bats that were used and then signed, or just signed by entire teams. Signed home plate 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 Komen.

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 can also 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.

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.