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Pink Bats

Dozens of major-league players, including a number of Marlins, will be using pink bats today as part of a Mother's Day program to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Catcher Matt Treanor used his pink Louisville Slugger in batting practice and pronounced it game-ready.

''It's the same wood, just a different finish,'' he said. ``Some bats you get feel good, some don't.''

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who entered Saturday leading all big-league rookies with a .331 average, also plans to use a pink bat.

''If you have a mother, you have to,'' he said.

Other players around the majors will wear pink wristbands, and the pink breast cancer ribbon logo will appear on uniforms, lineup cards and bases. Many of those items, including bats, will be auctioned off as part of a fund-raising project for the Komen Foundation.

''It's a nice gesture,'' said manager Joe Girardi, whose mother died of cancer and whose sister just finished being treated for breast cancer.

``Anything that brings light to [that] or anything that honors your mother, I'm all for it.''

(Source: Miami Herald)