Pink the color of the day for White Sox

Pink the color of the day for White Sox

CHICAGO -- Alex Rios has developed a bit of a May tradition.

When Mother's Day rolls around every year, he breaks out the pink bats. The special-edition Louisville Slugger bats were used around Major League Baseball on Sunday to raise awareness for breast cancer.

"I use them every time on Mother's Day," Rios said. "No matter the results or anything. It's something that I'm used to doing and it feels good."

Alejandro De Aza and Jeff Keppinger also used pink bats during a 3-0 victory over the Angels, during which Chris Sale faced one batter over the minimum and lost his perfect game on a Mike Trout single with one out in the seventh. Other players wore pink wristbands, while White Sox captain Paul Konerko wore pink cleats at first base during the victory.

Rios was hitless over his first three at-bats using the pink bats, but doubled home an important insurance run during a three-run seventh inning.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.