A's take to pink bats, equipment for cancer awareness

SEATTLE -- Though neither experienced successful outcomes with their pink bats, A's players Brandon Moss and Michael Taylor still offered support of mothers, and more specifically breast cancer awareness, by using them Sunday.

Moss and Taylor combined to go 0-for-8 with six strikeouts with the special-edition Louisville Slugger pink bats in the A's 6-1 loss to Seattle on Mother's Day, while many of their teammates donned batting gloves, wristbands and other equipment brandished in pink.

Taylor wore the most pink, with his cleats matching his bat. Catcher Derek Norris, too, chose to wear pink cleats -- high-top cleats.

"They're bright," said manager Bob Melvin, smiling.

The pink bats were used by many players league-wide. As has been the case each year since 2006, game-used pink Louisville Sluggers will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to raise further funds for breast cancer awareness.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.