Carter among Astros to slug with pink bats

Carter among Astros to slug with pink bats

HOUSTON -- Before the authenticators could scoop up the pink bats that several of the Astros players used in Sunday's loss to the Rangers, Astros slugger Chris Carter stealthily tucked one away at the top of his locker.

It was the one he used to hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Mother's Day, and he plans to give it to his mother.

"It's the first time I got one to swing, and I'm happy I got that and finally hit a home run for my mom," Carter said. "She's been asking every year and I finally got it."

Astros players donned pink batting gloves, sweat bands and arm sleeves to create awareness for breast cancer research as Pink in the Park Week came to a close at Minute Maid Park. The chance to wear pink and raise cancer awareness hits close to home for outfielder Brandon Barnes.

"It's huge for me," he said. "My wife lost her mom to breast cancer, and for me to be able to show our support and our love, it's nice. I know mom's watching on TV or just getting to see the pictures will think it's special."

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve was finally able to swing a pink bat.

"That's the first time, because last year on Mother's Day, I didn't play," he said. "I was on the bench."

Louisville Slugger and MLB first introduced the pink bat program on Mother's Day in 2006. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother's Day games will be auctioned exclusively on to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.